Royal Albert Hall
NYCGB Auditions Programme Principal Supporter
NYCGB and the Royal Albert Hall have a very special relationship: our first ever concert took place at the iconic venue in 1983. Every subsequent appearance has been special in some way, but the world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man' in 2001 and numerous appearances at the BBC Proms stand out.
Since 2014, the Royal Albert Hall has been the Principal Supporter of NYCGB's national Audition Programme, providing space for auditions, and support with auditions publicity to schools and education networks in London.
NYCGB Fellowship Programme Principal Supporter
We launched the NYCGB Fellowship Programme in 2015 to provide wide-ranging training and experience to eight talented young musicians every year. As well as developing their skills in performance, the Fellowship Programme gives participants important exposure to teaching and leadership, thereby giving them the opportunity to help younger musicians to develop their skills and aspirations.
ABRSM has been a Principal Supporter of the Fellowship Programme since its inception, directly sponsoring the bursary awards awarded to each Fellowship holder. We work together to extend awareness of the Fellowship Programme and its benefits, and to document its impact.
Nottinghamshire Music Hub, Inspire & Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall
Widening Access & Engagement Partnership
In 2016, NYCGB embarked on a major new partnership to create new singing experiences and opportunities for outstanding music-making for young people in Nottinghamshire. The partnership was informed by Nottinghamshire Music Hub's desire to address low arts participation by young people in the county, and by NYCGB's own membership data.
From 2016 until 2019, the partnership will be working in Nottinghamshire secondary schools, providing workshops and performance opportunities for students. One particular aim is the creation of new school a cappella ensembles, which will establish themselves as vital parts of school culture and provide opportunities for students to learn and excel through singing.
There's more detail about the partnership on our Widening Access & Engagement page.
London Youth Choir
London Youth Choir, a multi-choir organisation that purposefully mirrors NYCGB's own structure, was set up in 2012 with the key aim of being open to any young singer in London, from any background. It is now flourishing, with a busy schedule of rehearsals and performances.
NYCGB provided assistance to LYC during its foundation phase through a joint funding application to deliver an initial programme of recruitment workshops, and we continue to enjoy an extremely close relationship, not least through the many LYC members who make their way into NYCGB's choirs via our auditions programme.