Youth Orchestra Turns 50Date: 17 August 1998
This year the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain celebrates its 50th birthday.
Described by the The Times as 'simply one of the jewels of our musical life' the National Youth Orchestra has been nurturing the talent of young orchestral musicians since 1948.
The Orchestra celebrated in style this month at the BBC Proms with a performance which included Shostakovich's tenth symphony under eminent conductor Rostropovich.
Six hundred young people between the ages of 13 and 18 audition for the National Youth Orchestra every year and many of the successful entrants, such as Sir Simon Rattle go on to forge sparkling careers in the profession.
For more information, visit the National Youth Orchestra web site.