Returning to the Barbican

From November 16-20, YOLA joined Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for their return to the Barbican in London. The visit marked the beginning of the LA Phil’s new three-year relationship with the Barbican as its International Orchestral Partner; YOLA will participate each year.

As part of the residency this November, YOLA took part in a creative learning program that brought them together with young musicians in the UK, in a partnership between Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYOGB). Together they helped to lead creative composition workshops at elementary and secondary schools and co-led sectionals for NYOGB’s “Inspire Day,” culminating in an open rehearsal at the Barbican Centre led by Dudamel on November 20. Inspire activity, which takes place all year, provides free experiences for young musicians with limited access to orchestral opportunities from across the UK.

In London, YOLA and their UK-based peers also spent time exploring St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, and other sites, watched Wicked at the Victoria Theatre, and of course, enjoyed Herbie Hancock’s performance with Dudamel and the LA Phil at the Barbican.

YOLA previously participated in an NYO Inspire day in May 2018, working with other young musicians to create Tuning into Change: A Youth Manifesto for the Arts, which advocates for the arts as a tool for social change and activism and celebrates the voice of young people and their potential to influence. This year’s orchestra, made up of more than 100 young musicians, was called the Tuning into Change Orchestra and continues this work, as well as looks ahead to the upcoming years of the residency.

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