Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain perform a typically adventurous programme, showcasing their unique combination of impressive ability and unending enthusiasm.

In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

Messiaen’s ecstatic, Eastern-influenced celebration of love is framed by a BBC commission from American talent Nico Muhly and British composer Anna Meredith’s acclaimed tour de force of clapping, stamping, singing and body percussion, first performed earlier the same year by NYO members.

Varèse’s Tuning Up is a tongue-in-cheek parody based on the familiar orchestral strains usually heard on stage only before the conductor arrives.

Presented by Georgia Mann.

Edgard Varèse: Tuning Up
Nico Muhly: Gait (BBC commission: London premiere)
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony
Anna Meredith: HandsFree

Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
Joanna MacGregor (piano)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Vassily Petrenko (conductor)

(From BBC Proms 2012, 4 August)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Edgard Varèse

    Tuning Up

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
  • Nico Muhly

    Gait

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalila-symphonie

    Performer: Cynthia Millar. Performer: Joanna MacGregor. Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
  • Anna Meredith

    HandsFree

    Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.

Broadcast

  • Tue 11 Aug 2020 19:30

The home of classical music and the Proms on the BBC

The home of classical music and the Proms on the BBC

Every Proms concert is broadcast live on Radio 3 - don't miss a single one.