Friday, 5 August
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
National Youth Orchestra / Edward Gardner
Please support King Edward’s boys as they play as part of the National Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra writes:
‘Open your ears to the music of the universe as the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers embarks on a voyage back through a century of space discovery.
The journey begins with Gravitational Waves by German composer Iris ter Schiphorst. This is music for the here and now, for the beginning of a new era in astronomy. Fasten your seat belts and prepare for a thrilling ride to new musical frontiers as the original sound of the gravitational wave echoes through the orchestra and individual players gradually become one united force.
Next are two of classical music’s must-hear pieces: Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, with its glorious, spine-tingling opening fanfare made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Holst’s The Planets completed by Colin Matthews’ Pluto: The Renewer. This music never fails to stir the emotions with its huge melodies and luscious harmonies and in the hands of these young musicians, it will fizz with an explosive, barely containable energy.
The countdown is on – join us for a fearless, totally teenage cosmic adventure.’
You can read more about the National Youth Orchestra by visiting their website.