NYCGB has announced a new-look Annual Programme for its flagship ensemble, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Since the ensemble’s formation in 1983, members have met twice-yearly for residential courses, a schedule since adopted by NYCGB’s National Youth Training Choir, formed in 1995, and the Boys’ Choir and Girls’ Choir, formed in 2003.
Year-round ensemble development
The 2018-19 Annual Programme will require ensemble members to meet four times a year for residential and non-residential courses, including:
- guest masterclasses from Ken Burton and Chithra Ramakrishnan
- a performance for the Royal Albert Hall‘s Christmas programme
- a mini-residential with guest professional ensemble mentors in collaboration with young composers
- a recording session with guest conductor, Robert Hollingworth
In addition, the age range for the choir will shift upwards to 18-25 with financial assistance available to enable members from all backgrounds to participate.
NYCGB Artistic Director, Ben Parry, said:
‘My wish is that the members who make up NYCGB’s flagship choir are offered the very best opportunities and get to participate in the top choral experience for young people in the UK. To achieve this will require commitment and dedication from NYC members but I know that the results will be hugely enjoyable and rewarding. We, in turn, are promising to do everything we can to make this new-look programme a success for them and to enable singers from every background to take part.’
Booking for National Youth Choir 2018-19 auditions opens on Monday 4 June 2018 here. Open auditions will be held in Manchester on Saturday 15 September 2018 and in London on Sunday 16 September 2018.