Trusts and Foundations, Corporate support and individual donations play a vital role in supporting the work of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
There are several areas of the organisations work that currently attracts support, these include:
Course Subsidies & Bursaries
At NYCGB, it is our aim that no young person should be precluded from applying to join because of financial hardship. Applications for our choirs are encouraged from all young singers of suitable standard and potential; musical ability and promise alone dictates entry to the choirs.
Through grants and donations we aim to subsidise course spaces by 40% on average for all members and offer further support through bursaries when needed.
In 2015 bursary support was awarded to over 150 young aspiring singers to participate in our 2015 residential training programmes. This represented a 28% increase in the number of requests compared to 2014 and equates to a fifth of our total current membership.
As the UK's flagship choral organisation, we have a responsibility to our members and audiences to encourage and actively promote contemporary choral music.
Our new music programme enables each of our choirs to commission and perform newly created choral works and ensure that high quality choral music continually refreshes the repertoire of choirs throughout the UK and abroad. In recognition of our work in this area, last year NYCGB was awarded the David Bedford Music Education Award in conjunction with the PRS for Music Foundation, which acknowledges outstanding music education programmes involving composers and new music.
Launching at the Royal Albert Hall in late September 2015 and culminating in an international tour to China in August 2016, the NYCGB Fellowship Programme will give eight singers, between the ages of 22 and 25 an extensive education to become not only outstanding performers but also highly creative and able educators. The programme is aimed at ambitious and creative people who not only want to become part of the professional choral network, but who want to shape it. No other UK choral singing programme exists which provides training, performance opportunities and financial support at this level.
The NYCGB annual auditions tour takes place in 16 regional venues across the country during October, November and December with multiple dates scheduled in some areas (e.g. London & Birmingham). The Musical Directors see upwards of 750 young people; a number which is significantly increasing each year due to our successful Widening Access and Engagement Programmes.
Following all of our residential training courses and intensive rehearsals our young members perform to packed concert halls and iconic venues across Great Britain and bi-annually internationally.
Recent engagements have included the City of London Festival, BBC Proms, Brass 2015, Snape Proms, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Royal Opera House, plus further performances in Salt Lake City (USA), California (USA), Derry-Londonderry (Ireland), Durham, Coventry, Oxford, Birmingham, Leeds, Rochester, West Cumbria, Truro, Lincoln, Birmingham, Cambridge and Gateshead.
In 2016 the National youth Choir will be touring to China and Hong-Kong.