Dear instrumental students, music educators, music professionals, parents, and anyone with a love of music,

On your radio, on your doorstep, on social media: we’re a socially distanced orchestra and we need you to join us to play LIVE and spread musical joy across the UK!

At 5.00pm on Friday 17 April, every musician in NYO will throw open their windows or step onto their doorsteps to perform Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ as a gesture of community and solidarity. We’re dedicating this to the people in society who might be in need of a musical-pick-me-up: our hospital staff, supermarket workers, friends and family in isolation, and vulnerable members of society.

We’re inviting everyone who plays an instrument in the UK to take part by playing (or singing, if you’d rather!) the well-known tune with us at 5.00pm on Friday 17 April, and dedicating their performance. If you film your performance, share it on social media using the hashtag #NYOdetoJoy.

We’d really love you to get involved and share the news with your networks so we can inspire as many musicians as possible to share a performance. You can find out more and download the resources on our website: nyo.org.uk/ode-to-joy   We’d love to have as many musicians joining us as possible, at every level.