NYCGB announces new summer festival
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have announced the biggest youth choir festival in the UK, the NYCGB Summerfest, in an effort to bring choral music to new listeners.
The inaugural Summerfest will take place 1 July-29 August 2012, with over 500 young singers performing in seven counties over two months. Under 25s will be able to purchase £5 tickets for many events.
The festival is part of NYCGB’s expansion of its regional engagement work, with new partnerships in Suffolk, Manchester, Leeds, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire beginning in 2015. The series of concerts aim to target areas of low choral engagement in the UK through partnerships with local music education hubs.
Summerfest opens with a Shakespeare-inspired programme in Southwark Cathedral on 1st July, with the National Youth Chamber Choir and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra performing works by Vaughan Williams, Ward Swingle, and Nils Lindberg, as well as the premiere of Pete Churchill’s Journey’s End.
Two other premieres, Nico Muhly’s settings of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson and Jonathan Dove’s Antiphon (setting text by George Herbert, commissioned by NYCGB) will be performed by the National Youth Girls’ Choir and the National Youth Chamber Choir on 22nd August in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
The National Youth Choir will make its Snape Proms debut on Friday 28th August with a programme inspired by the four elements. Ranging from Brumel to John Casken, the concert will include Anders Edenroth’s Water, written for the choir.
NYCGB director Ben Parry said, ‘NYCGB is passionate about getting as many people as possible in the UK to experience great choral music. Summer festivals are synonymous with openness, inclusivity and an enjoyable atmosphere. By creating NYCGB Summerfest, we aim to raise awareness of NYCGB’s work around the UK, to encourage an ever wider audience to experience choral music, and to inspire the next generation of choral singers.’
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain is comprised of five choirs, made up of 750 singers aged between 9 and 25. The organisation aims to foster musical talent through teaching and guidance, providing opportunities to young people from all communities and backgrounds.