We are sorry to announce the cancellation of this event. Our Box Office team will be in touch with ticketholders separately.


Debut Concert; Relaxed Performance

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This performance will be BSL interpreted

Lovers of contemporary classical music, don’t miss the much-anticipated debut of this pioneering orchestra.

Formed in 2018, the National Open Youth Orchestra is the first to showcase some of the UK’s most talented disabled and non-disabled young musicians playing together, as members of an inclusive ensemble. New commissions inspired by the diversity of the orchestra will be performed today, embracing and celebrating diversity as a creative force that can push the boundaries of classical music in exciting new directions.

Discover a captivating musical universe where the familiar merges with the unknown. This afternoon’s music has been composed for a wide range of instruments, both traditional and electronic, including the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of a musician’s eyes. Many of the pieces are ‘modular’ so they can be adapted for any number of musicians on a wide variety of instruments, evolving through different versions for each ensemble.

Take your seat for the world premiere of ‘What Fear We Then’ by Alexander Campkin, commissioned in partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as the latest work by British Composer Award winner Liam Taylor-West, commissioned by Dr John Manley for the forthcoming High Sheriff’s Concert at Bristol Cathedral.

Other music includes ‘Day One’ by Liam Taylor-West, pieces from the ‘Book of Consort Music’ by Ben Lunn paying homage to the legacy of disabled luminaries from history; and reworkings of music by Michael Nyman, Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer and Beethoven.

National Open Youth Orchestra musicians are trained in partnership with the Barbican and Guildhall School, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Music Trust and the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence.

Sunday 23 May
4 - 5pm Relaxed performance

CANCELLED – National Open Youth Orchestra

£8, £5

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1 hour