Members of NYO backstage
NYO to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall9:55, 22nd June 2018
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has announced its first ever tour to the USA, including a debut performance at Carnegie Hall.
In addition, the orchestra will take part in a cultural exchange with fellow teenagers, and perform at the Ravinia Festival. The tour will take place in the summer of 2019.
Applicants to join NYO in 2019 will remain open until the end of July to afford as large a number of teenagers to be involved as possible.
The announcement comes as David Warburton MP takes over as chair of NYO’s development board and launches a major fundraising campaign.
Dame Liz Forgan DBE, chair of NYO, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to put the UK’s famous National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on a world stage and to forge links with other teenage musicians through NYO’s internationally admired model for teenage engagement and peer mentoring. Everyone in and around NYO will be busy fundraising to support the tour and I am delighted to welcome David Warburton MP to lead our funding campaign.’
David Warburton said: ‘The USA tour will not only benefit those people lucky enough to be touched by the performances, but will also give the performers themselves an experience which will stay with them for life. I’m delighted to be with NYO at such a crucial time in their development and I look forward very much to joining them as they take these exciting steps forward.’