The NYO, or National Youth Orchestra, has been awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music at a huge London gala. This annual award recognises either a group or an individual that has had a major impact on music in UK. This is the first time that the award has been handed over to an organisation and 5 of the principal string players of the NYO joined the LSO during the gala event.
Previous recipients of this award have included the conductor and oboist Nicholas Daniel, the Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel and Dame Emma Kirkby, the soprano. The Queen presented members of the NYO with the award at the The Barbican and Robbie Ruisi, the first violin, said afterwards that it was a huge thrill being presented with the award by her Majesty.
He added that passion was a word much overused in society, but as far as the National Youth Orchestra was concerned it summed them up perfectly as it was, quite simply, one of the most passionate organisations you would find anywhere, and the backbone of the organisation was the drive that came from the teenage musician’s sheer, unadulterated love for music and it didn’t get much better than this.