National Youth Orchestra Gala

11 Jun 2023

The National Youth Orchestra
Five Year Celebration Gala

Jonathan Barrett, Conductor

Eva Gräsbeck, Head of Strings
Jackie Hayter, Head of Woodwinds
11 June 2023 at 7:00 pm

Music by Handel, Bizet, Shostakovich, Monti, Barrett and music from the movies

Dubai Opera and Encore are proud to present the Gala Performance of The National Youth Orchestra celebrating its five-year anniversary. The largest and most prestigious in the region, the National Youth Orchestra is modelled on leading youth and children's orchestras across the world. On a weekly basis it tutors and nurtures talented young musicians from a multitude of nationalities and schools from across the UAE.

As an organisation, it aims to promote inclusiveness and diversity within the UAE community. 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 alongside wonderful Emirati talents.

The National Youth Orchestra began with only 4 students in 2018 and has grown to over 120 young musicians today, spread over three orchestras aged 5-18. The NYO has performed in many of the top venues across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including Dubai Opera, The Theatre at MOE, Al Hosn Palace, Emirates Palace and Global Village for the UAE’s 50th Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

"Our goal in the National Youth Orchestra is to bring young people in our communities together, connecting through music at the highest level for the shared experience of creating music together.”

You won’t want to miss supporting this unique and joyful celebration of talented Emirati artists and young musicians on this special night!

The NYO Concerto Competition First Prize Winner Saxophonist, Rosie Hutchings
Emirati Opera Singer, Fatima Alhashmi
Emirati Pianist, Ahmed Al Mousawi

Sponsored by:
Dubai Opera
Nord Anglia School Dubai
Cicero & Bernay Communications

Supporting Charity: Room to Read

  • Refunds/ exchanges are not permitted under any circumstance. This includes, but is not limited to, change in personal circumstances, sickness, travel restrictions, or any circumstances related to Covid-19 which might prevent you from attending.

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    • The Opera Cafe opens two hours before the performance.
    • Food and beverage is strictly prohibited and not allowed inside the auditorium.
    • Latecomers will only be admitted during suitable pause or intermission.
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    • 2+ years would require a ticket to enter the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium.
    • Below 2 years are not permitted into the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium.
    • Latecomers may only be admitted at a suitable pause.
    • Any use of mobile phones, cameras, and other electronic devices inside the Dubai Opera Main Auditorium is strictly prohibited.
    • The Opera Cafe opens two hours before the performance.
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