The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced the appointment of Ruth Evans as head of Artistic Planning and Participation.

In the new role, created following the organisation’s expansion to create a new core strand of learning and engagement activity, Evans will support the NYCGB in the achievement of future ambitions including new artistic opportunities, growing the reach and impact of its learning and engagement programmes.

Evans joins NYCGB from Glyndebourne Opera House, where she was senior education projects manager. Originally from North Wales, she has also previously worked at Welsh National Opera and Ensemble Cymru. Evans is an NYCGB alumna and studied at St Edumund Hall, Oxford University with a choral scholarship before gaining a Masters in Music from Bangor University. She is a choral conductor and a tutor at Sing for Pleasure, CânSing and Morland Choristers’ Camp.

Commenting on her appointment, Evans says: ‘I am incredibly excited to be joining the NYCGB team in this dynamic new role of head of Artistic Planning and Participation. In particular working with remarkable young singers from across the length and breadth of the UK, supporting colleagues to deliver NYCGB’s high-quality artistic vision and develop the ambitious learning and engagement programme.’

Chief executive Anne Besford added: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Ruth to NYCGB; her skills and experience are a perfect match for this exciting new post, and we’re really looking forward to working with her.’