Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, 25 concerts in 2020, a new Thea Musgrave piece, partnership with the Tallis Scholars

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
The various choirs that constitute the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are going to be busy in 2020, giving a total of 25 concerts. The National Youth Chamber Choir will be launching a performance partnership with the Tallis Scholars, giving members of the choir the opportunity to perform alongside the Tallis Scholars.  And Thea Musgrave will be writing a new piece for the National Youth Choir.

The National Youth Choir will be giving nine concerts as part of the Christmas programme at the Royal Albert Hall, and will be undertaking an international tour based around performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand where they are one of the 24 best international choirs selected to take part.

The National Youth Choir's theme for the season in Cultural Identity, and Thea Musgrave's new piece (setting a poem by New Zealand-born poet Ursula Bethell), which the choir will perform in Auckland and record, will be connected to this theme, as will a new piece which is planned for the National Youth Training Choir.

The NYCGB's Learning and Engagement Programme sees major activities taking place in Yorkshire, the North East and the West Midlands, with a pilot 'legacy partnership' being developed in Nottinghamshire. The programme of outreach workshops and events continues, reaching over 4000 young people outside the choir's core membership.

Founded in 1983 (when there were 100 singers), NYCGB now comprises five choirs of over 800 young people aged 9-25. The choirs meet in the holidays for residential training courses offering intensive rehearsal experience, musicianship training, and individual and group coaching.

Full details from the NYCGB website.

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