Nicola Benedetti to become NYO Ambassador11:41, 4th June 2019
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has today announced that she will become an Ambassador for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Benedetti will join a host of prominent music industry figures and musicians already lending their support as NYO Ambassadors including trumpeter and NYO alumna Alison Balsom, conductor and NYO alumnus Sir Mark Elder, conductor John Wilson and opera singer Danielle de Niese.
The partnership begins with a performance later this month of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as part of NYO’s summer concert tour, touring Stoke-on-Trent, Saffron Walden and culminating in the BBC Proms 2019. As an NYO Ambassador, Benedetti will promote NYO and its activity, working together with the orchestra to advocate its values of inclusion, teenage empowerment and the benefits of orchestral music for young musicians. In turn, NYO musicians will work with Benedetti to support The Benedetti Foundation, her charitable music education foundation which will be launched later this year.
NYO’s chief executive and artistic director Sarah Alexander explains how Benedetti’s devotion to sharing her expertise and love for music with young musicians aligns with the orchestra’s values, commenting: ‘It’s this ethos that’s at the heart of the NYO: every single one of our brilliant teenagers understands the power of sharing orchestral music with other teenagers. Through NYO Inspire they share their skills with other young people from all backgrounds, in areas of the UK where orchestral music opportunities in schools are dwindling, and with those who have the least access to musical opportunity.’
Benedetti added: ‘The future of classical music rests on us all, collectively – to inspire a new generation of instrumentalists, educationalists and advocates. I am delighted to play a part in supporting these 164 musicians, and will take a keen interest in also supporting the huge network of teenagers they inspire with their playing.’