It has truly been a landmark year for The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS), with NYOS Symphony Orchestra and NYOS Jazz Orchestra invited to give stand-alone performances at the BBC Proms 2016. That’s two performances, in two different genres, for one youth arts organisation. In this short documentary film we follow NYOS Jazz Orchestra (The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland) as it welcomes back two of its most celebrated guest artists, Iain Ballamy and Liane Carroll. Both Iain and Liane joined the Jazz Orchestra as tutors for the summer school on the Isle of Skye and then performed alongside the Orchestra during its two-leg summer tour, and for the all-important BBC Prom on 5 August at the Royal Albert Hall.
NYOS Jazz Orchestra, led by Malcolm Edmonstone and conducted by Andrew Bain performed late-night Prom 28, in which they marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by performing Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s musical tribute to the Bard, Such Sweet Thunder. With instruments taking the roles of actors, Ellington’s piece broke new ground when it appeared in 1957 as part of a 12-track Shakespeare-themed album, and it still feels entirely fresh today.
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September 28, 2016