Hub school welcomes National Youth Orchestra to Mansfield

Published 22nd October 2019

Queen Elizabeth's welcome NYOGB to 'Play The School'

Tuesday 17th September 2019

One day last month, a Hub supported Academy in Mansfield sprung into life with the beautiful sound of classical music when joined by the amazing National Youth Orchestra in a scheme designed to introduce classical music to school age children.

The visit was arranged by NYO at the invitation of Inspire Music, who have worked with NYO at a number of other secondary schools in the County. 

NYO's 70-piece orchestra was visiting as part of the NYO 'Play the School' scheme, aimed at continuing the mission to give inspiring musical experiences to teenagers across the UK. The National Youth Orchestra regularly takes orchestral music out of the concert hall to secondary schools and during 2019 are touring 10 secondary schools across the country, with Queen Elizabeth’s one of the lucky host academies.

The day included engaging side-by-side workshops, an introduction to the sights and sounds of each instrument in the orchestra curated by NYO musicians, musical flashmobs going into academy classrooms, and a powerful large-scale symphonic performance from Prokofiev’s ballet score for Romeo and Juliet.

QE students were amazed at the musicians’ incredible talents during the workshops, and the amazing sound delivered during the performance made Ellie, year 11 student, say: “The music was incredibly powerful and moving. I haven’t ever heard anything like it before – their performance was the best music I have ever experienced and the hairs are still standing up on my neck!”

Academy principal Kimberley Willmot added: “We would like to thank the National Youth Orchestra for a brilliant interactive and inspirational day. To hear such talented young musicians play in our academy was a joy and a privilege, and we hope that it will inspire some of our students to want to pick up an instrument and learn to play.”

As part of the mission to inspire younger children to get into music, Inspire Music also arranged for pupils from local primaries  Wainwright Primary Academy and Samuel Barlow Primary Academy  to experience the instrument workshops. Some of these pupils were also given the amazing experience of helping to conduct this huge orchestra – a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a superb learning opportunity.

The event came on the back of Queen Elizabeth's recently achieving the Artsmark Silver award and Music Mark Schools Membership for their dedication to providing learning experiences and opportunities in the arts for all students. Throughout the 2018-19 academic year Queen Elizabeth's have been working closely with Inspire Music to develop inspirational music focused opportunities for all their students, and the day saw many new student players participating in ensembles for the first time. 

NYO's Play The School was a superb day for all involved.

To learn more about the NYO 'Play The School' scheme in Nottinghamshire secondary schools, email the Inspire Music team via

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