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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain reveal 2018 season

10:00, 12th January 2018

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain will celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2018, with themes including ‘Women in Song’ and ‘Music and the Mind’.

Inspired by the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage, the ‘Women in Song’ strand will be led by new works by Kerry Andrew, Janet Wheeler and Errollyn Wallen.

More than two thirds of all works performed by NYCGB choirs at their spring and summer concerts will be by women, and the National Youth Girls’ Choir will present an all-female programme at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall with guest artists Lulah and Hannah Peel. A programming resource for youth choirs curated by NYCGB deputy music director Esther Jones will be released on International Women’s Day (8 March 2018).

Inspired by Wellcome Collection’s Created out of Mind hub, the ‘Music and the Mind’ theme will see NYCGB choirs explore links between music, the mind and memory. Andrew, Wheeler and Wallen’s new works will engage with this theme, and NYCGB artistic director Ben Parry will write a new work, One Equal Music.

Other highlights include the National Youth Chamber Choir’s Cadogan Hall debut; the National Youth Girls’ Choir’s Royal Albert Hall performance as part of ‘Women at the Hall’; and the National Youth Choir’s premiere performance of Patrick Hawes’ The Great War Symphony.

NYCGB will also deliver more than 40 open events and activities for non-members in 2018, reaching more than 4,000 young people and adults nationwide. The ensemble will offer 500 free concert tickets to allow young people to attend their first concerts.


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