Live at the BBC Proms. Mark Wigglesworth conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Auerbach, Prokofiev and, with Nicola Benedetti, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.
Live at BBC Proms: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain with Mark Wigglesworth and Nicola Benedetti in works by Auerbach, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
Lera Auerbach: Icarus
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Interval: Katie Derham looks at the work of the NYO and meets some of its players
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - suite (excerpts)
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)
Explosive energy and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of every performance by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, made up of the UK’s most talented musicians aged from 13 to 18. The ensemble’s annual visit to the Proms is always a festival highlight.
This year Mark Wigglesworth conducts the orchestra in a suite from Prokofiev’s passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet and they are joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s warmly lyrical Violin Concerto.
The concert opens with Lera Auerbach’s bracing symphonic poem Icarus, inspired by the myth of the heroic but ill-fated son of Daedalus who flew too close to the sun.