Thank you - Alumni event
A relaxed and informal choir of alumni met at Christ Church Spitalfields on Saturday 18 January for a rehearsal and a short concert. It was fantastic to meet up with so many alumni, the singing was wonderful, and the concert was moving and entertaining. We've had some lovely feedback, and yes, we are definitely going to have another alumni event, so watch this space! A very big thank you to everyone, the singers, their families and alumni in the audience, and all those who couldn't be there but helped to publicise the event and send their support via cheery Twitter and Facebook posts.
David Bedford Education Award
NYCGB has been awarded the PRS for Music David Bedford Education Award for its new music programme in 2014.
'PRS for Music Foundation was set up in 2000 to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music throughout the UK and to ensure that this music is enjoyed by a wide audience. Over the past 10 years we have proven ourselves as a significant force in supporting pioneering musical activity in music of all genres across the UK. This is why we’re particularly delighted to support the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, who are supporting the creation and performance of new music for the UK’s future professional vocal talent.
The David Bedford Music Education Award celebrates exceptional music education projects. Previous recipients include the Jewish Music Institute, South West Music School and Music in the Round.' PRS for Music Foundation
Audition Result Letters and 2014 Course Registration Forms
Audition result letters have now been posted to all 2013 candidates. Registration forms for 2014 courses have also been posted to all current members. If you have not received your result letter, or registration forms, by Wednesday 18th December please call 0191 383 7355.
Opportunities for members
Have you checked our members' opportunities page recently? Currently there is information about the NCEM Young Composers Award and funding information that we hear of from time to time. We also post a variety of other singing opportunities that we think you'd be interested in here:
Auditions for this year have now closed. To receive NYCGB news, including details of 2014 Auditions, please sign up to our e-news bulletins here.
Sir John Tavener
We are saddened to hear of the death of the British composer Sir John Tavener, whose outstanding music spoke to many listeners outside classical and choral worlds as well as being enjoyed by musicians in those fields.
He found inspiration in the creed of the Orthodox Church as well as those of other cultures, and his music was often characterised by contemplative and mystical expression. The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain commissioned his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis only a couple of years ago, and singers in the National Youth Choir and girls' choirs may remember singing the world premiere in spring 2012. Of his NYCGB commission, he said: ‘The Magnificat has a festive character... Nunc Dimittis is a very personal and simple response to the beautiful text.’
'I feel so privileged to have sung his magnificat with @nycgb' Saskia, Girls' Choir, via Twitter
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Read more about Sir John Tavener:
Four-star review for A Festival of Britten
Reviews are starting to come in for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain's double disc of music by Britten. We're delighted with Geoff Brown's note about it in The Times: '...the joy of fresh voices cleanly singing a generous cross-section of Britten’s output. A Ceremony of Carols, with girls’ voices, and Rejoice in the Lamb, to Christopher Smart’s quirky words, are particularly delightful...' Geoff Brown, The Times, 8/11/13
Young Choristers of the Year
Congratulations to Laura Barraclough, member of our Junior Girls Choir, who won the competition to become one of the two BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2013. The BBC Radio 2 website posted this picture following the Final. We hope Laura enjoys the opportunities this prize brings her.
Laura's achievement comes just two years after Ella Rainbird-Early, now in Training Choir North, won the Young Chorister of the Year 2011 when she was in the Girls' Choir.
A Festival of Britten double CD now out
The centenary double disc of music by Britten is now available to buy. You can order it directly from NYCGB - we even have a gift-wrap option, in case you would like a copy sent directly to someone as a present.
'Just listening to A Festival of Britten - reminder of how much I love his choral music - some great perfs by yr choirs' Clare Stevens on Twitter
If you missed The Choir on BBC Radio 3 last Sunday evening, it is available online until Saturday 2 November for you to listen to in your own time. The programme features a lively collection of choral music sung by several different youth choirs, including the NYCGB Chamber Choir.
Meanwhile, there are still tickets left for the Chamber Choir's concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday 11 November, in case you can make it along to hear them live:
Enjoy the music!