NYCGB's first and foremost aim is to inspire the UK's most exceptional young singers to help them reach their potential through the widest possible range of musical experiences. To this end, we routinely secure them a national platform and exposure to professional scrutiny. Here's what some of the critics have said recently.
"I was awestruck"
"I’ve heard plenty of high quality choirs, but I was awestruck by the focussed, committed singing and the lovely legato tone. The highlight for me was the setting by New Zealand composer David Hamilton of Caliban’s Song from The Tempest, beginning with breathy sighs and vocalisations, turning into a hypnotic, reverie as Caliban reveals his gentle, human side. We also enjoyed a bluesy setting of Sonnet 18 by Nils Lindberg, Sonnet 116 set as a tender anthem by former NYCGB member Owain Park and shining bright harmonies in Janet Wheeler’s Sonnet 8. The set finished with a splendid performance of It Was A Lover And His Lass by Ward Swingle – difficult to do well, but they made it look and sound so easy and relaxed."
Jane Shuttleworth, musicdurham.co.uk
National Youth Chamber Choir with Durham County Music Ensembles, 'Play It Again', Durham Gala Theatre (BRASSl 2015), 16th July 2015
"The music and its delivery were ravishing"
"The music and its delivery were ravishing, offering perspectives and tonal shifts you’d expect from the very best of chamber choirs. Which these 24 18-25 year olds, many of them on scholarships that will perfect their training for future careers, already are."
David Nice, theartsdesk.com
National Youth Chamber Choir with National Youth Jazz Orchestra, 'The Play's The Thing', Southwark Cathedral (City of London Festival 2015), 1st July 2015
"From medieval vocal interplay...to some of the greatest 20th century pieces... their joy and skill were evident throughout. And when the full choir came together on stage, they discarded their music dramatically and presented Tippett's Five Spirituals from A Child Of Our Time from the heart in a truly life-affirming way."
Rob Barnes, The Gateshead Journal
National Youth Choir, 'War And Peace', Sage Gateshead, 31st August 2014
"These are not performances for those who like their Britten to sound like the Choir of King's College Cambridge in the days of David Willcocks. All preciosity has gone; vowels are open and streetwise; high solos are taken by sopranos, not trebles. I particularly enjoyed the springing rhythms of this fleet-footed Hymn To Saint Cecilia by the Chamber Choir, whose glee in the words of W. H. Auden is palpable. George Herbert's magical Antiphon sung by Training Choir North and the Girls' Choir's light-filled Ceremony of Carols are also beguiling."
Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine
NYCGB CD release on Delphian, "A Festival of Britten", January 2014
"Waves of joy rollicked off the platform"
"Waves of joy rollicked off the platform in the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony... The fervent glow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Irish Youth Chamber Choir and Codetta...sent the temperature soaring"
Geoff Brown, The Times
BBC Prom 38, Royal Albert Hall, Sunday 11 August 2013
"Gloriously assured musicality"
"I was hugely impressed by the technical standards of the choir. Intonation, breath control and unanimity of voice were all from the top drawer... gloriously assured musicality... the future excellence of our choral tradition is in the safest of hands."
David Butcher, www.insuffolk.com
Snape Proms, Snape Maltings, Saturday 17 August 2013
"Utterly exhilarating and wonderfully alive"
"As for the choir... they were vibrant, disciplined and alert. A frisson of excitement spread throughout the entire Hall when they all shot to their feet in the space of semi-quaver. Their performance was energised, at times utterly exhilarating and wonderfully alive to Beethoven’s song and Schiller’s explosive spirit of joy."
Adrian Hilton, Mail Online
BBC Prom 18, Royal Albert Hall, Friday 27th July 2012