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21.04.2024

National Open Youth Orchestra: Feel the Music

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Join 24 brilliant young disabled and non-disabled musicians for an uplifting afternoon of music mixing acoustic, electronic and accessible instruments – including the Seaboard RISE and the Clarion.

Alongside bold versions of audience favourites such as Anna Meredith's 'Nautilus', Vivaldi's 'Autumn’ from 'The Four Seasons' and the musicians’ own choice of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', the orchestra will premiere music that speaks of themes close to their hearts.

'Elements' is an invitation to feel the devastating impact of climate change. 'Wittgenstein’s Chorale' carries the orchestra’s message of inclusion, paying homage to a virtuoso disabled pianist. In Soaring through Sparks we discover the Clarion, which some musicians play with head movement, and which is the first ever digital instrument to be assessed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

This is a relaxed performance welcoming of disabled and neurodivergent audiences, families, and anyone else who would benefit from a less formal environment.

  • There is a relaxed attitude to noise and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the concert hall at any point.
  • There will be a Chill Out area outside the concert hall, for anyone needing quiet time before or during the performance.
  • This concert will be BSL interpreted, with the interpreter positioned on the right side of the stage.

Further details about the venue and accessibility can be found on the Barbican's website. A range of seating options is available for this concert. You can book standard seats, wheelchair spaces, standing seats, or tickets in the relaxed seating area which will be equipped with bean bags.

Note: this performance takes place in Milton Court Concert Hall, located within the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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