This spring in Stirling NYOS Junior Orchestra, conducted by Holly Mathieson present a programme sure to delight audiences of all ages. The orchestra pays tribute to our dear friend, John Maxwell Geddes who sadly passed away in 2017, with a commemorative performance of his wonderful work, Dances at Threave.
In response to demand for high quality instrumental training for musicians as young as eight years old and with the help of funding from Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland launched its complete Training Ensembles programme in 2015 to include courses for strings, wind, brass and percussion, and for the first time in 2018 the strings course will include provision for classical pedal harp (ABRSM grade 3, as a guide only).
Many young musicians across Scotland do not have the opportunity to play with other instrumentalists, especially if they live in rural communities or play an instrument that is less commonplace like the harp, tuba or percussion. The values of studying musicianship or learning to play an instrument from an early age have been well documented and these benefits include:
- Language Development
- Physical co-ordination and motor control
- Integrating mental and physical activity
- Demonstrating knowledge and understanding
- Being expressive
- Using creativity and imagination
- Building self-belief and confidence
- Nurturing emotional intelligence
- Learning to learn
We're thrilled that NYOS Camarata is collaborating with Children's Classic Concerts (CCC) for the first time this month at Glasgow Life's Big Music for Minis Festival. Flautist, Cressida McKay Frith, was involved in an artistic planning stages of the project and has kindly reflected on the process of curating 'Melody Quest'. We're very grateful to her for taking the time to do this, allowing an insight into the intricacies of putting a programme together. NYOS Camerata are looking forward to performing on stage with Owen and Olly from CCC, and we hope our students are provided with an invaluable professional development experience to equip them for a career in music.
The young NYOS Camerata musicians played brilliantly, however, going way beyond the call of duty in Stone’s sometimes merciless send-ups. And young rising star conductor Ben Glassberg was a wonderfully precise, demanding presence on the podium – and mute sidekick to Stone, too.
The theme running throughout NYOS this year is the USA, and the all-American programme featured three big and challenging works for the whole orchestra, from familiar Gershwin, a recent percussion concerto from Andrew Norman to a symphony from Aaron Copland, in mainstream repertoire across the pond but rarely performed here.
It's a pleasure to welcome you to our latest newsletter, a chance to look back on the incredible success of all our summer activities. We'll report on the concerts put on in July and August by our Junior, Senior and flagship Symphony orchestras; we will look back on a joyful summer for our Jazz programme, with the very special Summer School and Jazz Access that took place on Skye, onto the incredible success of our Jazz Orchestra tour, culminating with a barnstorming first appearance at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
A collaboration between Drake Music Scotland, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and the composer
Saturday 12th August at 4pm
Venue: The Tom Fleming Centre, Erskine Stewart's Melville School, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 3EZ
The NYOS (National Youth Orchestras of Scotland) Symphony Orchestra in Perth Concert Hall is always a joyous event. First there is the formidably able talent on show, second is the sheer impact of their sound and most important is the enthusiasm of the players, for most it will be their first eager experience of creating masterpieces.
The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland has added another string to its bow with the gift of a 19th century violin.
Musician Elizabeth Currie has donated her treasured instrument to the young players following a long-standing bond with the group. She handed it over to NYOS Symphony Orchestra leader Iona McDonald before the performance at Perth Concert Hall on Friday night.
One of my all time favourite albums is Donald Fagen’s post Steely Dan 1981 debut solo album, The Nightfly. Well, Malcolm Edmonstone has taken the album and arranged it for the NYOS Jazz Orchestra performing a ‘big band’ rendition from start to finish (with five brilliant vocalists) conducted by Andrew Bain in Edinburgh’s brand new Rose Theatre on Rose Street.
The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is sad to announce, that due to unforeseen circumstances, conductor Thierry Fischer will no longer be able to join NYOS Symphony Orchestra for its 2017 Summer Tour.
We are delighted to share with you our latest newsletter, with information relating to all our forthcoming performances. NYOS will be covering the length and breadth of Scotland this summer so we do hope you will join us.
Thanks to a date clash with another event this July in Dundee, The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) will now play two fantastic concerts in Stirling.
We are proud to announce, on behalf of the Endowment Trust of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland that the recipient of the Colin MacLean Bursary Fund 2017 is French horn player Diana Sheach.
We are delighted to welcome you to our latest newsletter, and to revisit with you the excitement of our spring concerts.
The Americas is the theme for all National Youth Orchestras of Scotland ensembles throughout 2017. Each orchestra will perform a blend of well-known standards together with rarely heard gems directly linked to, or inspired by the Americas.
Within this theme we will present a broad spectrum of classical and jazz music through to contemporary repertoire, from North and South American composers (with music rarely heard in the UK or European concert halls) together with more prominent European composers inspired to write works celebrating the remarkable diversity of the Americas.
What an incredible summer it has been for NYOS Jazz! Back in July, the young musicians were given a warm welcome once again as they gathered at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. The Jazz Summer School has definitely earned its place in the Fèis an Eilean (Skye Festival) now, and it is always a pleasure to return there for a week of creativity and shared musical experiences.
Recent graduate, Molly Anne McWhirter, cello, is the third winner of an award that will assist her in fulfilling her aspiration to become a professional musician.
Welcome to our summer season preview containing details of our upcoming concerts from July to October together with booking information and exclusive ticket offers for all our valued mailing list subscribers.