That tickets have been going fast for this occasion should come as no surprise as for the next week the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) will perform in the brand new venues provided in the Guild. Not only this, but the Department of Music will be holding various workshops based around pieces that the orchestra will be performing.

When the BBC filmed, for the first time last year, the Young Musician of the Year Awards I can recall being absolutely blown away by the range of talent and ingenuity. Part of the NYO’s outreach programme is ‘Inspire’, trying to help young local musicians with the potential if not the adequate exposure or training. Yet this inspiration can seep down to all levels, whether one has ever played an instrument, enjoys listening to classical music, or even if they have never really ‘got into it’ before. Occasions like these represent some of humanity’s greatest achievements as well as offering hope as they continue into the next generations. As we move on from Valentine’s Day, it should be remembered that love comes in multiple forms after all.

First concert performs tonight at 5pm and features a Brass Ensemble performing some Rimsky-Korsakov, Strauss and Grieg. What better way to begin such an exciting programme than with a fanfare!

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain