New Zealand Youth Choir
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The New Zealand Youth Choir is a mixed choir consisting of around 50 singers, auditioned nationally every 2-3 years from around New Zealand. The choir accepts members aged between 18 and 24 at the time of audition, and places may be offered for one, two or three years.
The choir was formed in 1979 by Guy Jansen and has subsequently been conducted by Professor Peter Godfrey (1980 to 1988), Dr Karen Grylls (1989 to 2010) and David Squire (since 2011). As at February 2015, Dr Grylls is an associate professor and head of choral studies at the University of Auckland. The choir is governed by the Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust (which also governs Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the NZYC Alumni Choir). The Chief Executive of the Trust is Roger Lloyd, who has held this position since late 2010.
International Tours and Awards
The choir has achieved considerable success both within New Zealand and internationally, including winning the ‘Let the Peoples Sing’ competition in 1992, the ‘Choir of the World’ title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 1999, and the ‘Grand Prix Slovakia’ in the same year.
In 2010 the choir toured to Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai (where it performed as part of Expo 2010), Brisbane, Canberra, and Sydney. The final concert for the tour was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert.
At the end of 2013 the choir toured to Los Angeles (where it participated in a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Walt Disney Concert Hall), Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York and Washington DC.
Notable former members of the choir include: conductor Tecwyn Evans, soprano Anna Leese, bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu, tenor Simon O'Neill, soprano Madeleine Pierard, baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bass Martin Snell, all three members of Sol3 Mio, baritone in the King's Singers Chris Bruerton, journalist Hilary Barry, and composers David Hamilton, Anthony Ritchie and Glenda Keam.
|Album title||Year released||Conductor||Choir performing as||Link to track listing and audio sample|
|National Youth Choir of New Zealand in Concert||1981||Guy Jansen and David Wilcocks||National Youth Choir of New Zealand|
|National Youth Choir of New Zealand on Tour||1983||Peter Godfrey||National Youth Choir of New Zealand|
|Peter Godfrey conducts the National Youth Choir of New Zealand||1984||Peter Godfrey||National Youth Choir of New Zealand|
|New Zealand Youth Sings to the World||1987||Peter Godfrey||National Youth Choir of New Zealand|
|Te Roopu Rangatahi Waiata o Aotearoa||1992||Karen Grylls||New Zealand National Youth Choir|
|Winds that Whisper||1998||Karen Grylls||Tower New Zealand Youth Choir||http://www.choirsnz.co.nz/cd/winds-that-whisper|
|Choir of the World: Live from Langlollen and London||1999||Karen Grylls||Tower New Zealand Youth Choir|
|Gaude||2004||Karen Grylls||Tower New Zealand Youth Choir||http://www.choirsnz.co.nz/gaude|
|Deep River||2013||David Squire||New Zealand Youth Choir|
- New Zealand Youth Choir - the official website
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