Friday, 3 September 2021
Proms: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

8.00 Proms: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Rising star Jonathon Heyward conducts the talented teenagers of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in one of the all-time symphonic greats. Propelling the symphony into the Romantic age, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ is a celebration of scope and drama, a musical depiction of heroism that surges with pioneering spirit. Nicola Benedetti is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2 with its song-like slow movement – a work whose sardonic wit is balanced by a new lyricism that would come to dominate the composer’s later works. The Prom opens with a new NYOGB commission by British composer, jazz trumpeter and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd.

Nicola Benedetti, Jonathon Heyward, NYO of GB at 2021 BBC Proms

Nicola Benedetti, Jonathon Heyward, NYO of GB at 2021 BBC Proms Photo: Chris Christodoulou

Programme:

Laura JURD: Chant;

PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor Op 63;

Jessie MONTGOMERY: Banner (première);

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 3 in Eb Op 55, Eroica

Nicola Benedetti (violin), National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Jonathon Heyward

Recorded in Royal Albert Hall, London by BBC (EBU)