Then imagine Broadway lights twinkling and strains of jazz and blues carried on the night air from dark bars as Gershwin’s Piano Concerto sets you down in the flashy glamour of 1920s New York in a heady mix of glitzy, jaunty tunes.
And finally, to ‘the great American Symphony’: Aaron Copland’s show-stopping Symphony No.3. Its soaring, expansive melodies are filled with promise and the spine-tingling euphoria of its finale, based on his Fanfare for the Common Man, will leave you feeling certain that the future is bright.
Totally teenage orchestral brilliance. Come and hear it.
PerformersNational Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: NYO Teen hangout. Teenagers only. Admission free.