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Rick Dior Science Fiction
John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony
Sibelius Symphony No.2

Kirill Karabits unleashes the full power of the world’s greatest teenage orchestra – The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Hearing is believing: and until you’ve experienced these 164 players raising the roof of the Butterworth Hall, you don’t know what young musicians can do!

Even their programme is out of this world – Rick Dior’s Science Fiction takes a theremin, a huge orchestra and a montage of B-movie images to create an uproarious salute to the imagination. John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony reimagines the world-shattering events of his Manhattan Project opera Doctor Atomic, to devastating effect. Meanwhile, some say that Sibelius’s mighty Second Symphony draws its strength from the rivers and forests of Sibelius’s native Finland. Others hear it as the epic drama of a nation awakening to freedom.

Please note that this performance features a film projection which contains scenes of moderate horror and violence which may not be suitable for younger children.

Please note that, due to the nature of this performance, the Choir Stalls seats are not on sale. For more information, please contact Box Office on 024 7652 4524.

Teen hangout: Fri 4 Jan, 6.30 – 7pm, Studio
Discover the stories behind the music at this free and friendly pre-concert event for teenagers.

Hosted by the NYO’s Young Promoters, the reception includes a lively and interactive presentation and is a fantastic opportunity for teens, students, and young musicians alike to find out more about the music in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s concert, and meet NYO Musicians.

NYO Come and Play, 4.15pm
Are you a teenage musician playing between grade 4 and 8 or above?

Boost your concert-going experience and share the joys of orchestral music-making with musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in this fun and friendly pre-concert workshop.

Through a side-by-side rehearsal, you’ll discover tips and techniques playing alongside musicians from the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers before they take the Warwick Arts Centre stage.

For ages 13 – 19 playing at grades 4 – 8+. This event is free but registration is essential. Applications close Wed 5 Dec. Musicians from Solihull, Warwickshire and Coventry will also be invited to participate in additional activity with their music services from 10.30am. You will be emailed this information when allocated a place at the NYO Come and Play. To apply, click here.


The following information is for teachers and home educators. If you are not a teacher or home educator you can book tickets for this show by clicking on the ‘Dates & Times’ tab above.

FREE Concerts to Inspire Young People

Warwick Arts Centre is committed to providing access to its programme of world-class classical music. We aim to inspire the young audience of today and encourage them to become the adult audience of tomorrow. The Instrumental programme offers FREE tickets to young people to open their ears and eyes to classical music by experiencing some of the best live performers in the world.

How to Request FREE Tickets
To find out more or to request FREE tickets to this concert, contact Johnathan Branson on or 024 765 22015