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Preview; NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA Philharmonic Hall.

Byline: Catherine Jones

LET'S hope the stage can take the weight.

Not because the talented youngsters of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are a hefty bunch - but because there are so many of them.

One hundred and seventy to be exact.

Next week's concert is the orchestra's first appearance at the Philharmonic Hall since its sellout Proms performance in the summer, and since its similarly sold-out concert in Liverpool in January this year, which featured regular NYO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko on the podium.

"These kids are our musical future and deserve your support," says the RLPO's chief conductor in a direct appeal to Liverpool's concert-going public.

"The orchestra is full of tremendous quality and energy right now, so come and experience this programme of powerful emotions and orchestral virtuosity."

For the January 5 concert, however, the orchestra will be led by the boundlessly energetic young Estonian conductor Kristjan Jrvi (guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic), and by two young international soloists: BBC New Generation violinist Tai Murray and pianist Stewart Goodyear.

The programme includes Prokofiev's rollercoaster Scythian Suite, Liszt's Totentanz, Janacek's radiant Sinfonietta and Berg's Violin Concerto.

Among the 170 teenagers due to take to the stage is Liverpool's Louise Goodwin, a 17-year-old percussion player.

"After seeing the NYO play in Liverpool last year, it's amazing to be a member this year," she enthuses.

"Playing with the NYO is an exciting, incredible experience, and I'm so proud that Liverpool will be hosting our first concert of the season."

The concert is one of three next week, with the NYO also visiting the Barbican in London and Leeds Town Hall.

And Vasily Petrenko will rejoin the young players this Easter when he takes part in its spring rehearsal camp based at Durham University, which will culminate with concerts at The Sage in Gateshead and London's Royal Festival Hall.

. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain appears at the Philharmonic Hall on January 5. Tickets are pounds 8-pounds 20 on 0151-709 3789, and anyone under 25 can get in for the bargain price of pounds 5.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2010
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