The National Youth Orchestra

Celebration Gala Concert 2024

Jonathan Barrett, Conductor

Featuring The 2024 NYO Concerto Competition First Prize Winner Violinist, Alexandra Derkaloustian

Eva Gräsbeck, Head of Strings

Jackie Hayter, Head of Woodwinds

Ronald Vint, Head of Percussion


Get ready Dubai, the National Youth Orchestra is about to turn up the volume on some of the greatest orchestral music of all time - Music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler and much more!

Dubai Opera and Encore are very proud to present the second Gala Performance of The National Youth Orchestra celebrating its six-year anniversary. Let our brilliant young musicians lift your spirits and open your minds. Hear a new generation perform some of the greatest orchestral music of all time – play your part in supporting these extraordinary young people and join our audience at Dubai Opera on Saturday, 18th May, embrace orchestral music played as you have never heard it before!

‘Our goal in the National Youth Orchestra is to bring young people in our UAE communities together, we are particularly looking forward to performing and sharing extraordinary music at the beautiful Opera House in Dubai.’

The musical programme at the Gala will showcase the musical achievements of all our outstanding young musicians between ages 5-18 in the United Arab Emirates. You won’t want to miss supporting this unique and joyful celebration of young musicians on this very special night!

Sponsor: Encore

Venue Partner: Nord Anglia International School Dubai

NYO Junior Orchestra

Deborah Baker Monday (b. 1953)


Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Capriccio Italien

Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Can-Can Festival

NYO Strings Camerata

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Art of Fugue

Contrapunctus I

Contrapunctus IX

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Impromptu for Strings, Op.5

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)



NYO Concert Band

Richard Saucedo (b. 1957)

Fanfare for the Third Planet

Freddie Mercury/Queen (1946-1991)

Don’t Stop Me Now

Fitz and the Tantrums (With Junior Winds)

Hand Clap

NYO Senior Orchestra

Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908)

Zigeunerweisen 'Gypsy Airs', Op. 20

Alexandra Derkaloustian, Solo Violin

First Prize Winner 2024 NYO Concerto Competition

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Theme from Swan Lake

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

English Folk Song Suite

I. Seventeen Come Sunday

II. My Bonny Boy

III. Folk Songs from Somerset

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Symphony No. 1, Third Movement

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Symphony No. 1, Fourth Movement

Weiss, Thiele, Cook, Alpert, Adler

Wonderful Worlds

Dubai Opera is the ideal venue to celebrate elegance and style. Kindly avoid overly casual or provocative attire, such as shorts or flip flops, to uphold our venue standards. Guests not complying with the dress code will not be permitted entry.

6+ years would require a ticket to enter the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium.

Below 6+ years are not permitted into the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium.

Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes

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