• National Youth Choir sings with National Youth Orchestra in Belfast and Derry at the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture Festival and the BBC Proms with Vasily Petrenko in August 2013
  • National Youth Choir sings a cappella choral music in Derry-Londonderry, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Snape in its first full course and tour with new director Ben Parry
  • Training Choir South partners with London Youth Choir and folk musicians Will Lang and Niopha Keegan in Rochester Cathedral
  • Training Choir North sings at Oxford Town Hall
  • 2013 is the tenth anniversary of the four junior choirs of NYCGB: the Boys’ Choir and Cambiata Voices sing at The Sage Gateshead alongside The Sage Gateshead’s own Boys’ Choir; the Girls’ Choirs sing at the Association of British Choral Directors’ conference in Oxford
  • For the first time all the choirs take part in recordings, for a double disc of choral music by Benjamin Britten on Delphian Records

    National Youth Choir (ages 16-22)

    The National Youth Choir embarks on its first UK-wide tour in Summer 2013 with two programmes of music.

    In the first programme, the choir performs in Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Shostakovich’s Ten Songs by a Revolutionary Poet (selection) and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9. Along with the Irish Youth Chamber choir, Codetta and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conductor Vasily Petrenko at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast (Wednesday 7 Aug), Derry (Thursday 8 Aug) and the BBC Proms (excluding Shostakovich; Sunday 11 Aug).

    In the second programme, the choir sings unaccompanied choral music on the theme of ‘Light and Song’ including music by Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, Brahms, Britten and Parry. This programme is sung in Derry (Friday 9 Aug), Cardiff (Tuesday 13 Aug), Edinburgh (Thursday 15 Aug) and Snape (Saturday 17 Aug).

    The choir recorded Rejoice in the Lamb by Britten during its Easter course for the NYCGB’s double disc on Delphian Records, to be released in November 2013.

    Training Choir North (singers aged 14-18)
    On 19 August the choir performs British and Irish masterpieces in Oxford Town Hall. The programme includes Stanford, Holst, Warlock, Finzi and Will Todd. During its week-long course, the choir also records Britten’s Antiphon, Te Deum in C, Hymn to the Virgin and Jubilate Deo in E flat for NYCGB’s forthcoming double disc.

    Girls' Choirs Junior and Senior (singers aged 10-15)
    During their four-day course in Reading, the girls’ choirs will record Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and sing at the Association of British Choral Directors' conference.

    Training Choir South (singers aged 14-18)
    The choir explores folk songs of the south-east in specially commissioned arrangements by folk musicians Will Lang and Niopha Keegan. During their week-long course in Kent, they’ll also prepare music by other composers with strong links to the south east, including Tallis, Byrd, Bennett, Tippett, and Britten. The course culminates in a concert with NYCGB partner the London Youth Choir in Rochester Cathedral on 29 August. The choir also records Britten’s Festival Te Deum, Jubilate Deo in C, Hymn to St Columba and Hymn to St Peter.

    Boys' Choir and Cambiata Voices (singers aged 9-15) The boys’ choirs concert on 31 August at the Sage Gateshead, given in collaboration with venue’s ‘Bring on the Boys’ summer singing project, will include the world premiere of a specially-commissioned song cycle by Ben Parry, Sports Shorts. During their four-day course in Yorkshire, the trebles will record Britten’s Fancie and Three two-part songs, and Cambiata Voices will record Britten’s The Ballad of Little Musgrave.

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