NYOS Announces Change of Conductor, Symphony Orchestra, Summer 2017


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 however, delighted to announce Michael Francis as Thierry's stand-in. NYOS Symphony Orchestra worked with Michael during its 35th anniversary year in 2014, developing a special rapport with him and gaining four and five-star reviews throughout the tour.  We look forward to renewing that relationship with Michael and introducing our audiences to some fantastic new music and some rarely heard gems.

Michael and the Orchestra will be joined on tour by world-famous percussionist, Colin Currie as soloist this summer. Colin is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers, championing new music at the highest level. Even from his earliest years with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Colin forged a pioneering path in creating new works for percussion.

Colin will perform the Scottish premiere of the percussion concerto Switch, a new piece written especially for him by one of the most exciting young American composers around today, Andrew Norman, named Musical America Composer of the Year 2017.

“One of the greatest musicians in the world today” Steve Reich

British conductor Michael Francis is one of a young generation of conductors whose presence is being felt on both sides of the Atlantic. In Autumn 2015 Michael Francis took up his post as Music Director of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, FL. In Summer 2016 Michael Francis presided over his second season as Music Director of the Mainly Mozart Festival, San Diego – only the second Music Director to follow in the footsteps of its’ founder, David Atherton.

“In Francis’ mesmerising grip, the deep dark grief [of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem] surged quietly, tore agonisingly, built into an excruciating outburst and brightened.” Helsingin Sanomat


3 August at 7.30pm, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen International Youth Festival

4 August at 7.30pm, Perth Concert Hall

5 August, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall 


George Gershwin: An American in Paris

Andrew Norman: Switch (Scottish premiere)

Aaron Copland: Symphony No.3

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