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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: Voice of the Americas

Part of Associate Orchestras

The world's greatest teenage orchestra joins forces with inspirational Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto once again.

Extending the hand of friendship across the Mexico-US border, this concert celebrates the power of music to build bridges.

Silvestre Ruvueltas’ Sensemayá is based on an Afro-Cuban poem depicting the sacrifice of a snake. Feel the tension build as ritualistic percussion pounds out the poem’s chant ‘Mayombé-bombé-mayombé!’ and frenzied brass wail in thrilling anticipation of an epic battle between man and beast.

Lightening the mood, Carlos Chávez's Sinfonia India is bursting with the spirit of Mexico. Based on a series of folk themes that are joyous one moment and romantically lyrical the next, it will whisk you away in a lively whirlwind of pure, unadulterated fun.

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.

What binds us together is greater than what drives us apart


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor
Xiayin Wang piano


Revueltas: Sensemayá
Chávez: Symphony No.2 (Sinfonía India)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Copland: Symphony No.3

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Royal Festival Hall


£8 - £22
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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