Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) is taking up residency at OPEN Norwich and plans to perform at least two concerts at the city centre venue each year.

NCYO, made up of young musicians aged between 11 and 21, gives regular concerts throughout East Anglia as well as undertaking tours abroad and frequently performs with international soloists. Most recently, to launch OPEN’s classical ambition, members of the orchestra played alongside world renowned baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside.

Juliet Rickard, Director of NCYO said: “We are delighted to have chosen OPEN as NCYO’s residence. Not only is the acoustic perfect for orchestral music, the venue offers flexible spaces for rehearsals, performances and workshops but also a creative environment for our composition groups. Its mission to make a positive difference to the lives of young people is clearly aligned to our own musical ambitions and all the facilities of its drop-in hub are an added attraction and base for our musicians.”

John Gordon-Saker, CEO at OPEN said: “This is a very exciting partnership for OPEN that will not only bring in a new wave of young people to experience everything our venue has to offer, but will expose our own young people to a different genre of music. Playing in an orchestra develops team building, leadership, time management and self-confidence, all of which are life skills encouraged here at OPEN. This is a like-minded creative partnership that is a win-win for both parties that further helps us increase the rich diversity of our events and gives NCYO a performance venue they can consider home.”

On Sunday, 8 July 2018, the full orchestra will be playing in OPEN’s Banking Hall under resident conductor Andrew Morley and, on Friday 27 July, after a full week of rehearsals at the venue, the most advanced players will be joined by young musicians from Germany and Serbia to perform as part of the Triorca Project, an international youth orchestra made up of players from Norfolk, Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany and Vojvodina, Serbia and conducted by the Queens medal winner for music, Nicholas Daniel.

The official launch of this partnership will be taking place on Wednesday 18 April at 6.00pm at OPEN.  Click here to book free tickets to the launch.