NYOS 2024 Orchestra Concert Programmes Revealed


From genre-shattering classics to operatic overtures to a world premiere, there is something for everyone as we unveil an exhilarating line-up of artists and composers for our 2024 season.

After a fantastic programme of concerts in 2023, the forthcoming programmes from our orchestras NYOS and NYOS Development once again explore three centuries’ worth of thrilling music from Europe and the Americas.

The NYOS Spring concert programme, conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire, celebrates both the orchestra and American innovation. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue pioneered a new form of orchestral jazz music. The audience at its premiere, who had grown restless due to the long series of works that preceded it and a malfunctioning ventilation system, were immediately captivated by its unmistakable opening bars. Bernstein’s West Side Story was an equally revolutionary force on Broadway and the Symphonic Dances, arranged from the musical by Bernstein himself, showcase the eclecticism and technical challenges of the score. Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra is a tour de force of orchestral colours, spotlighting every section of the orchestra with plenty of solo opportunities. A programme not to be missed.

In summer the orchestra will be conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and has the privilege of performing the world premiere of a triple concerto by Andrea Tarrodi, featuring the Amatis Trio, alongside works by Grieg and Stravinsky which draw on their native folk music traditions in very different ways.

Natalia Luis-Bassa returns to conduct NYOS Development, having nurtured the orchestra from its inception. They are also joined by the brilliant young trumpet player Aaron Azunda Akugbo, fresh from his debut at the BBC Proms in 2023, to perform Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto. Their spring concert opens in dramatic fashion with Verdi’s turbulent and impassioned overture to La forza del destino and closes with the energetic Danzón No.2 by Márquez. In summer, the orchestra performs Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, alongside Kauyumari, a work from the past decade by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz which has enchanted audiences in the short time since its premiere.

You can find the full programmes for NYOS and NYOS Development here.

Applications for our 2024 national orchestras will open on Tuesday 5 September and you can find full details of how to apply to be part of these exciting programmes of repertoire here.

Tickets for performances of these programmes will go on sale in early 2024.