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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: Totally Teenage

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Step out of the cold as the world's greatest teenage orchestra fires up. The journey begins in the chilly isolation of outer space, lands in the middle of a lively Polish party and ends in the radiant warmth of a show-stopping Russian symphony. Your guide for the evening is John Wilson, conductor and conjurer of musical magic.

Brett Dean’s Komarov’s Fall is music that sharpens the senses. Its eerie opening requires precise and fearless playing as sparse, icy strings and woodwind glisten in the silence of space. As the tragic drama unfolds, jagged percussion and urgent brass take over the story of the Russian cosmonaut who became a hapless victim of the ruthless 1960s space race.

For a feast of toe-tapping rhythms, joyful dances and cheerful marches, look no further than Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante. A cross between a symphony and a piano concerto, it was one of the composer’s favourite pieces. With playful banter between the orchestra and piano, it is energetic and spirited, just like a stage full of teenage musicians.

The finale of the evening is Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2, the ultimate Russian Romantic symphony. With big, bold melodies and lush, glowing harmonies, this music will smoulder and blaze in a performance of irresistible sparkle and flamboyance.

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