Hector Berlioz: Overture, Le carnaval romain
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird, Suite (1919)
Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade

Following the Venezuelan musical phenomenon that has been celebrated at Southbank Centre and across the world, we're delighted to welcome back the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra following the five-star reviews for their performances here in 2010.

This group of 14- to 19-year-olds is the sister orchestra of the celebrated Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. They are the next generation of musicians to come out of the El Sistema music-teaching programme in Venezuela. Young conductor Christian Vasquez, who made his conducting debut in 2008 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, is a protégé of the movement.

Berlioz revelled in writing music for large orchestras, and put the players through their paces with irregular rhythms and complicated orchestration. His music is therefore a perfect fit for this vast orchestra, which performs with gusto and precision as 'their boom-box sound still allows for extraordinary sharpness and clarity' (The Guardian).

Stravinsky's exotic 'Firebird' is a musical fairy tale, the story of a princess saved from an evil ogre by a handsome prince, with help from the mystical Firebird. The ballet helped Stravinsky to make his mark and gain recognition.

The 'Firebird' is influenced by Stravinsky's teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, whose sensual 'Sheherazade', loved for its beautiful melodies, paints a picture of fairy tale images of the Orient inspired by 'The Arabian Nights'.

We're celebrating the music, skill and spirit of musicians from the movement at our Sounds Venezuela festival over the weekend.

'Much of the credit must go to the orchestra's young conductor Christian Vasquez, who shaped everything with an impressively mature, unostentatious hand.' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Conductor Christian Vasquez... is a man who knows exactly what he wants, and how to get it. And this is an orchestra whose cleanness of sound belies both its youth and its gargantuan size.' (The Independent)


Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Christian Vásquez