Friday 26 June 2015

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain - NYCGB Summerfest

NYCGB Summerfest
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is inaugurating a new Summer festival, what is described at the biggest youth choral festival in the UK. Running from 1 July to 29 August 2015, five hundred young singers will perform in seven counties, bringing a Summerfest event within easy reach of 13 million people around the UK. There will be premieres of new works by Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly and Pete Churchill, and collaborations with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Crioch Quartet folk ensemble and youth bands and choirs from County Durham. For many performances, under 25's can get tickets for £5 and the Summerfest will be targeting areas of low choral engagement, in partnership with local Music Hubs.

Things kick off on 1 July 2015, at Southwark Cathedral as part of the City of London Festival, when National Youth Chamber Choir and National Youth Jazz Orchestra present a Shakespearian themed programme with the world premiere of Journey’s End by Pete Churchill co-commissioned by City of London Festival and BRASS 2015, plus Shakespeare settings by Ben Parry, Janet Wheeler, RVW, Ward Swingle, the Swedish composer Nils Lindberg and the young British composer Owain Park. The programme will be presented in re-worked form on 16 July 2015 in Durham as part of BRASS: Durham International Festival where the choir will be collaborating with Durham County Youth Choir, Darlington Youth Choir and Durham County Youth Big Band.

Full details of all the events are on the NYCGB website.

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