21/2/2017

Nine singers from the NYCGB Fellowship Programme perform music by an NYCGB Alumnus on a forthcoming album by award-winning vocal ensemble Tenebrae.

All eight members of the 2016-17 NYCGB Fellowship and one member of the 2015-16 programme sing on the landmark recording, released ahead of a national tour to mark Tenebrae’s 15th anniversary season.

As well as ‘Path of Miracles’ by Joby Talbot, originally commissioned by Tenebrae in 2005, the album offers the premiere recording of ‘Footsteps’, a new commission by NYCGB Alumnus Owain Park written for two separate choral groups.

The structure of Park's new piece will allow Tenebrae to collaborate with local choirs as they perform ‘Footsteps’ on an 11-date national tour later this year.

The 2016-17 NYCGB Fellows were privileged to be invited to record the second choir part at sessions in November 2016. Tenebrae Director Nigel Short praised the “eight fantastic singers” and commented that it had been “great fun” working with the group.

2015-16 Fellow Beth Partridge, meanwhile, features throughout the recording as a member of Tenebrae Choir, having graduated from the NYCGB Fellowship into Tenebrae’s own professional training scheme as a 2016-17 Associate Artist.

Owain Park, a former bass member of the National Youth Choir, is regarded as one of the most significant new voices in choral music. His compositions are published by Novello and performed internationally by groups including the Tallis Scholars, the Aurora Ensemble and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. His chamber opera, 'The Snow Child', was performed at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Find out more about Tenebrae’s ‘Path of Miracles’ recording and tour, and pre-order the new album (released 21 April) at:

http://www.tenebrae-choir.com/path-of-miracles

Visit Owain Park's website:

http://www.owainpark.co.uk/

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February 2017

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain are launching a search for their first ever Chief Executive.

This is the latest step in a period of rapid organisational growth which has since 2012 seen NYCGB win ACE National Portfolio status, launch Widening Access & Engagement partnerships with Music Hubs in Cornwall, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire, and create a new professional training scheme for young choral musicians, the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

The new Chief Executive will be tasked with overall responsibility for strategic, organisational and financial matters, act as lead on development and
fundraising, and also manage NYCGB’s office team. Director Ben Parry will become Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, with responsibility for artistic strategy and programming, and management of NYCGB’s artistic team.

Ben Parry said:

“When I joined in 2012, a combined executive and artistic Director made sense for NYCGB. Since then, we have grown and achieved so much and it has become clear to me that a division of my role is the best way of ensuring that our growth and success continues to the benefit of as many young people as possible.”

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 3 March 2017.

For further information CLICK HERE

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Prommers raise £14,250 for NYCGB

17/11/2016

The Promenaders' Musical Charities has announced the distribution of its 2016 collection. A record total of over £116,000 was raised at this year's BBC Proms concerts, of which NYCGB will receive £14,250. NYCGB Director Ben Parry said:

We are hugely grateful to the Promenaders’ Musical Charities and to all the individual donors for their generosity. Our share of the proceeds is being allocated in full to our Bursary Scheme, which provides financial assistance to one in five of our young singers. That demand is increasing year on year, not least because of the work of our Widening Access & Engagement programme in partnership with schools and Music Education Hubs, which aims to get young people from the widest range of backgrounds singng with NYCGB and benefitting from all that we have to offer.

Best of all, this is a virtuous circle, because we know that many of the young people who are enabled to participate thanks to the Promenaders’ Musical Charities' generosity will return to the Proms in future years, both as performers and as Prommers!

Founded in 1968, the Promenaders' Musical Charities exists to support the Proms through a range of activities. At the famous 'Last Night of the Proms', the Trust provides carnations to all performers, and a laurel garland for the bust of the Proms' founding conductor Sir Henry Wood.

The other beneficiaries of this year's collection are Help Musicians UK, CLIC Sargent, Drake Music Scotland, and the Eric Thompson Charitable Trust for Organists & Organ Music.

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World's top youth choirs unite in London for inaugural festival

14/9/2016

A host of leading youth choirs from around the world will join NYCGB's flagship National Youth Choir for a unique evening of performance, as young singers from as far afield as South Africa, Israel and Indonesia take to the stage of one of Britain’s most iconic venues next year.

A Celebration of World Voices, the climax to the inaugural International Youth Choir Festival, will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 15 April 2017, and feature a glorious ‘mash up’ in which the choirs will spontaneously create their own brand new composition.

Greg Beardsell, artistic director of the event, said:

“This festival will open people’s ears and eyes to the amazing difference that youth choirs make to people and communities around the world, and offer a unique opportunity to hear eight of the world’s best youth choirs perform together in an incredible public concert.”

That special showcase is just one part of this major new festival, where talented singers from across the globe will join forces – and voices – to celebrate great music, and the changes it can bring, while trading stories and insights drawn from their vastly differing backgrounds.

Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, said:

"We’re incredibly proud to be part of this extraordinary event, showcasing the unique sound and incredible stories of these diverse and brilliant young choirs. We’re committed to fostering a love of music and making the arts accessible to all, and that’s what this festival is all about."

Prior to the evening concert, which is open to the public, the choirs will host workshops for one another – and for choral leaders, music teachers and aspiring singers from across the country – including an African choral music masterclass from South Africa’s Mzansi Youth Choir, and a chance to learn the secrets of great Gospel singing from Boston Children’s Chorus, based in the US.

The event was the brainchild of Greg Beardsell, Deputy Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and put together in partnership by NYCGB and the Royal Albert Hall with principal media partner choral.ly. Greg said:

"We champion British choral excellence across the globe, with televised performances – including at the BBC Proms – and world tours, most recently to China this August. We also play a role in welcoming other cultures to the UK and building bridges to the worldwide choral community. When I had the idea of bringing eight of the world’s best youth choirs together, the Royal Albert Hall was the obvious partner, and I’m thrilled that the venue shares our vision for what this festival can achieve."

In the run-up to the festival, primary schoolchildren across London will receive ‘Songs from Around the World’ workshops from Albert’s Band, the in-house musicians of the Royal Albert Hall’s education and outreach programme. There will also be opportunities for children from local youth choirs and Music Education Hubs to participate in the workshops and ‘mash-up’ performance on 15 April.

On 17 April the festivities will travel across the Thames to London's Southbank Centre, for a day of informal mini-gigs, before the groups unite as one world-class ‘superchoir’ for Global Voices, including a joint performance of Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child in Royal Festival Hall with soloists Louise Alder and Robert Murray and Southbank Sinfonia under the baton of Ben Gernon.

www.iycfestival.org

 

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