The National Youth Choir perform their annual Summer 2019 showcase concert as part of Snape Proms


Thule, the period of cosmography - Thomas Weelkes

Ohimè il bel viso - Claudio Monteverdi

Vertue - Judith Weir

Celestial Bird - Roxanna Panufnik

Umsindisi - B.Dlamini/R.Williams

Love is a babe - Adrian Williams

xoxvx ovoid - Benji Merrison *New commission*


The Full Heart - Peter Warlock

The Consolation of Apollo - Kile Smith

The concert will include an interval of approximately 20 minutes


The English don't like music - just the noise it makes.' Beecham

Perhaps, but the noise of a piece of choral music is an almost magical mix of scientific processes: the timbre of the individual voice, then the mix of those timbres, the vowel colour spectrum, the harmonic choices composers have made and the acoustics of the room it is performed in. 

Can any composer really know fully what their music will eventually sound like - or is it partly Alchemy?  Join us in our programme of discovery; hear a new commission, music from South Africa, searing beauty from Monteverdi and then Kile Smith's breath-taking setting (for voices and percussion) of text from the Apollo 8 mission (1968).  And which one of the composers featured actually practised Alchemy?

We are most grateful to the John S Cohen Foundation who have kindly funded the commission and world premiere of xoxvx ovoid by Benji Merrison.

Part of NYCGB's 2019 'Discovery' Season


  • National Youth Choir of Great Britain
  • Robert Hollingworth (Conductor) 

Tickets for this concert will be on sale via Snape Proms from 14 May

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