Applications are open for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) Fellowship Programme for 2021 and four young choral leaders can look forward to a year of development support.
The scheme, which started in 2015, has been changed for next year, offering fewer places than previously but with a broader age range and a more comprehensive programme of assistance to emerging stars in professional choral music.
NYCGB Fellows will get to work with the National Youth Boys’ and Girl’s Choirs, the NYCGB Training and National Youth Choir, as well as participating in its Learning and Engagement Programme. They will work with participants in the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme and will form a core part of the National Youth Chamber Choir.
The Fellowship scheme is a remarkable opportunity for anyone seeking a career in choral music. In the past, the NYCGB Fellowship has performed at major concert venues across Britain, the BBC Proms, Abbey Road Studios and Three Choirs Festival. Their recordings have been released on NMC Recordings and the NYCGB’s own digital release label. They performed at Amiens Cathedral to a global television audience to mark the end of World War I.
They have also attended masterclasses with, and been mentored by industry professionals including Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Jacob Collier, David Clegg, Roxanna Panufnik, Toby Young and Benji Merrison and work with professional groups such as VOCES8, The Swingles and The Tallis Scholars. The Fellows also take part in workshops and performances at conservatoires and music education hubs across the country.
Ben Parry, the NYCGB Artistic Director, announced the launch of applications, ‘We’re very excited to unveil new plans for the NYCGB Fellowship 2021 which now offers even greater opportunities for Fellows to develop as performers, educators, leaders and professionals and to really shape the choral music landscape of the future.’
How to apply
Applicants must be between 20 and 28 years old between September 2020 and August 2021 and must be resident in the UK. The NYCGB is especially keen to see applicants from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Applications are open until Friday 16 October 2020. There is no application fee.
More details can be found on the NYCGB website.