National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is the name given to a family of choirs for young singers in the United Kingdom. It comprises a total of eight choirs for nearly 800 young people between the ages of 8 and 24.
About the choirs
The organisation was founded in 1983 by Michael Brewer and Carl Browning, and in the same year gave its inaugural concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Originally set up as a single choir made up of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, the NYCGB now comprises an educational structure of eight choirs: Boys' Choir for trebles and Cambiata Voices (for school years 5-10) which train together; Girls' Choirs Junior and Senior (for school years 6-10) which also train together; Training Choirs North and South, which are mixed boys and girls (for school years 9-13); the National Youth Choir (for school years 11 up to age 22); and the Chamber Choir for young professionals up to age 24. Ben Parry became Director of the NYCGB in October 2012.
Entry to the junior choirs, training choirs and National Youth Choir is by audition. Around 600 people aged 9–19 attend auditions which take place in venues across Britain in November each year. Usually, around half of those auditioning are offered places. Applications for auditions currently open in September each year. Members of the Chamber Choir are selected by audition from the members of the National Youth Choir.
NYCGB have collaborated with a wide range of musicians, been involved in various recordings and performed on tours as well as at many venues within the UK. NYCGB performed with George Shearing and the King's Singers at the Barbican Centre, and again with the King's Singers for their 25th anniversary and the National Youth Choir's 21st anniversary. They have also worked with the National Youth Orchestra and other national youth music organisations. The National Youth Choir performed on the recording of Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and gave a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2010 to celebrate 10 years since the recording of the CD. Since then, they have collaborated with the National Youth Jazz Collective, with drum and bass star, Goldie, with SAMYO (the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music) and with leading folk musicians Will Lang and Niopha Keegan. NYCGB also performed at Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby Football Union England internationals and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the 2006 FA Cup Final.
In Summer 2013, the National Youth Choir sang with the Irish Youth Chamber Choir and Codetta alongside the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Derry-Londonderry and at the BBC Proms, before completing its 30th Anniversary and first ever UK tour with concerts in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Snape. Training Choir North performed in Oxford Town Hall, Training Choir South performed at Rochester Cathedral, while the Boys' Choir and Cambiata Voices sing with Sage Gateshead's Summer Sing at Sage Gateshead. The Girls' Choirs performed in Oxford.
Also in 2013, for the centenary of Benjamin Britten, a CD recording featuring all eight choirs of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain will be released in November 2013. It includes works such as "A Hymn to the Virgin", Te Deum in C and Jubilate Deo in E flat. The CD will be launched in the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall and the event will feature the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain singing excerpts of Britten.
- Director: Ben Parry
- Guest Musical Director: Robert Isaacs
- Associate Musical Director : Greg Beardsell
- Associate Musical Director : Esther Jones
- Assistant Musical Director : Dominic Peckham
- Assistant Musical Director : Rachel Staunton
- Mike Brewer's World Tour (2009) Delphian Records
- Scotland at Night: Choral settings of Choral Poetry (2009) Delphian Records
- Sactum est verum lumen: Multi-Part Music for Choir (2008) Delphian Records
- Vaughan Williams: A Cappella Choral Works (2008) Delphian Records
- Heinrich Schütz - Die vögel unter dem Himmel (2008) Delphian Records
- Song of Songs (2007) Delphian Records
- Giles Swayne - Convocation (2006) Delphian Records
- Various - All in the April Evening (2006) Hyperion Records
- Richard Allain - When I'm Gone (2004) Delphian Records
- Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (2001) Virgin Records
- Wood/Pearsall - Madrigals and Partsongs (1999) Priory Records
- Humphrey Clucas - Crucifixus: The Choral Music of Humphrey Clucas (1998) Upbeat Recordings
- Rainier/Routh/Rawsthorn - British Choral Music (1996) Redcliffe Recordings
- Various - Twentieth Century British Choral Classics (1994) IMP Classics
Notable former members
- Lucy Bailey of the Swingle Singers
- Rich Batsford - Pianist, composer and singer-songwriter
- Stephen Connolly of the King's Singers
- Karen Danzig - Singer / songwriter
- John Daszak - Opera Singer
- Karen England of Opera Babes
- Joanna Goldsmith of the Swingle Singers
- Rae Hendrie - Actress
- Andrew Johnston joined the choir after appearing on Britain's Got Talent
- Louise Marshall - Singer with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
- Chris Neale of the Swingle Singers
- Wendy Nieper - formerly of the Swingle Singers
- Jon Robyns - West End star of Les Misérables and Avenue Q
- Ben Thapa of G4 (band)
- Henrik Wager of the Flying Pickets
- Laura Wright of All Angels
- Resound, Winter 2006 - Official newsletter of the NYCGB
- List sourced from nycgb.net Musical Dorectors. Retrieved 13 May 2013