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NYO - present Voice of the Americas at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Published: Wednesday, 13 February 2019

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On Sunday 14  April our National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers – will be bringing its Voice of the Americas concert tour to the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and I strongly encourage you to be there.

Voice of the Americas extends a hand of friendship across the Mexican-US border, celebrating the power of music to build bridges. Silvestre Ruvueltas’s Sensemayá is based on an Afro-Cuban poem depicting the sacrifice of a snake. Feel the tension build as ritualistic percussion pounds out the poem’s chant ‘Mayombé-bombé-mayombé!’ and frenzied brass wail in thrilling anticipation of an epic battle between man and beast.

Lightening the mood, Chavez’s Sinfonia India is bursting with the spirit of Mexico. Based on a series of folk themes that are joyous one moment and romantically lyrical the next, it will whisk you away in a lively whirlwind of pure, unadulterated fun.

Then imagine Broadway lights twinkling and strains of jazz and blues carried on the night air from dark bars as Gershwin’s Piano Concerto sets you down in the flashy glamour of 1920s New York in a heady mix of glitzy, jaunty tunes.

And finally, to ‘the great American Symphony’: Aaron Copland’s show-stopping Symphony No 3. Its soaring, expansive melodies are filled with promise and the spine-tingling euphoria of its finale, based on his Fanfare for the Common Man, will leave you feeling certain that the future is bright. 

£5 Tickets

Tickets are just £5 (plus booking fee) if you’re under 25. To book tickets, simply call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or visit

Teen Hangout

Make sure you go along to NYO’s welcome event which is a fantastic opportunity for you and your friends to chat to NYO musicians and relax before or after the concert. It’s hosted by NYO Young Promoters who are students from local schools, and takes place from 3.00pm in the Symphony Hall foyer.

NYO Inspire

If you’re aged 13-18, playing between grade 6-8 standard or above, and you need access to FREE orchestral opportunities, you can apply to take part in NYO Inspire – the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s access programme. You’ll take part in exciting projects across the country and learn alongside NYO musicians to boost your orchestral skills. Visit to find out more.