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Monday, 24 January 2022

Youthful opportunity: young people creating with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and NMC Recordings

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is looking for two aspiring young musicians to join its BSO Young Associates programme, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has just announced the 2022 cohort for its Fellowship programme, whilst the composers from NYCGB's 2021 Young Composer Scheme have had the results of their labours issued on disc by NMC.

BSO Young Associates

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is launching its BSO Young Associates, a nine-month scheme designed to boost the careers of two aspiring music leaders keen to inspire people of all ages. 

At the last count, it was reported that people who identify as disabled, or who are from Black, Asian or Ethnically Diverse backgrounds, accounted for just 7% and 13% of those working in the UK’s creative industries respectively - alongside this, despite representing just under one-third of the UK’s national workforce, those from working class backgrounds accounted for just 16% of those working in the creative sector.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has created its BSO Young Associates programme as a direct response, raising funds through the Big Give Christmas Challenge to help support two aspiring musicians who might not otherwise have the opportunity to undertake an internship or placement to launch a career in the arts. Further details from the orchestra's website.

NMC - YOung COmposer 3
Four young composers, Kristina Arakelyan, Anna Disley-Simpson, Alexander Ho, and Derri Joseph Lewis, took part in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain's Young Composers Scheme 2021 which involved workshops with both the National Youth Choir and the Fellowship ensembles, and masterclasses with well-established composers. 

The results are a range of personal, imaginative, and forward-facing choral music, and a disc of these compositions Young Composers 3 is being issued by NMC Recordings. The disc features nine works by the four composers performed by National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and explores a broad range of themes including coming out as LGBTQ+, the natural environment, racial identity, love, and connection. 

Full details from the NMC website and you can sample Alexander Ho's Hush on Soundcloud.

NYCGB Fellows 2022, Tim Peters, Olivia Shotton, Jason Ching, Florence Price
NYCGB Fellows 2022
Tim Peters, Olivia Shotton, Jason Ching, Florence Price

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) have also announced the latest cohort in its Fellowship Programme. Four new Fellows, Jason Ching, 23 from Durham, Tim Peters, 26 from Guildford, Florence Price 23, from London, and Olivia Shotton, 27 from London are welcomed to the programme which offers emerging professional musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds and musical genres, a fully funded year of unique development opportunities. 

The NYCGB Fellowship programme has been running for six years and many of its graduates have already made impressive starts to their careers. This includes graduates of the programme performing professionally with The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, Tenebrae, Philharmonia Voices, Dundein Consort, Ex Cathedra, London Voices, Stile Antico, and St Martins Voices. 

Fellowship alumni are now also working as choral leaders professionally with National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, London Youth Choirs, Barnsley Youth Choir, National Children’s Choir, Rodolfus Foundation, plus many other music and educational organisations. 

The Fellowship are an ensemble who perform at high- profile venues including, recently, the Royal Albert Hall, Saffron Hall, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, and the VOCES8 Centre. Latest performance highlights include BBC Proms, London Handel Festival and Live From London Christmas. 

Further details from the NYCGB website.

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