About National Open Youth Orchestra

Running time  1hr

Join twenty-five brilliant young disabled and non-disabled musicians for an uplifting classical concert experience combining acoustic, electronic and accessible instruments, including some you may never have heard before such as the Clarion which some musicians play with head movement. Expect bold performances of audience favourites - Anna Meredith’s ‘Nautilus’, Vivaldi’s ‘Autumn’, Michael Nyman’s ‘Timelapse’, and musicians’ own choice of ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ by Ennio Morricone.

They will also share original music that speaks of themes close to their hearts. Through ‘Elements’ by award-winning film composer Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres, you will feel the devastating impact of climate change. Ben Lunn’s ‘Wittgenstein’s Chorale’ carries the orchestra’s message of inclusion and ‘Soaring through Sparks’ by Michael Betteridge, is a beautiful new piece written for the Clarion.

Come enjoy contemporary classical music in a relaxed atmosphere that’s accessible to all including disabled and neurodiverse audiences and young families.

With support from Arts Council England, Department for Education, founding sponsor ABRSM, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Lightbulb Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, John James Bristol Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Chapman Charitable Trust

Booking Info

Full Price: £8

Concession: £4

Benefit/Unwaged: £4

25 and under: £1

Companion/carer: Free

This is a relaxed performance welcoming of disabled and neurodivergent audiences, families, and anyone else who would benefit from a less formal environment. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the concert hall at any point. There will be a Chill Out area outside the concert hall, for anyone needing quiet time before or during the performance.

A range of seating options is available for this concert. You can book standard seats or wheelchair spaces. There will be also be a relaxed seating area with bean bags which you can choose to move to if you prefer. To book wheelchair spaces or free companion tickets, please email boxoffice@bmusic.co.uk or call us on 0121 289 6343.

Please visit our Accessibility Information page for venue access information.

This concert will be BSL interpreted, with the interpreter positioned on the right side of the stage.

There will be a Mobiloo situated close to the venue for those who require an accessible changing place. Stewards will be able to direct you to this.

Wheelchair Users and Disabled Patrons

If you require a wheelchair position (subject to availability) please call the Box Office on 0121 289 6343.

A range of tickets and services are available under our Access Scheme. To find out more, or to join the Access Scheme, email boxoffice@bmusic.co.uk or call us on 0121 289 6343.

Dates & Times

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Please Note: Bookings for our FREE events are limited to 2 per customer.

Our performance running times are usually confirmed close to the show. Where available we'll post the times as soon as we can get them, so check back about a week before for updates. Please note performance running times are approximate and subject to change.

Getting here

  • Town Hall
    Victoria Square
    B3 3DQ
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