NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR OF WALES
“NYCW sang their hearts out” Western Mail
“When I was in the choir I got the chance to sing with Bryn Terfel and it’s something I’ll never forget” Katherine Jenkins, soprano
The National Youth Choir of Wales was formed by Tŷ Cerdd (as the Welsh Amateur Music Federation) in 1984, to support both the long-standing choral tradition of Wales and the development needed for that tradition to flourish. On 1st October 2017, responsibility for the management of the Choir and the other five national performing ensembles transferred to the newly established National Youth Arts Wales. Members of the Choir, who are aged between 16 and 22 years, are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned annually. The Choir’s main work is concentrated in a summer residency consisting of training from professional tutors and conductors, followed by a series of concerts.
2019 Residency: Save the Date
Dates: 23rd August – 1st September 2019
Venue: Trinity St David University, Carmarthen
Cost: £420 + £30 Social Fund (Total £450)
Conductor: Tim Rhys Evans
Following a very successful first year as NYCW Conductor, Tim returns to conduct the 2019 Choir and build on that success. Tim has specialised in choral conducting since 1997 and has worked with many vocal ensembles including Welsh National Opera and Serendipity. In 2000 Tim started Only Men Aloud going on to win BBC1s Last Choir Standing. The success of OMA allowed Tim to follow his passion of encouraging as many young people as possible to engage with singing and in 2010 he subsequently established Only Boys Aloud and also Only Kids Aloud for children.
Tim is passionate about encouraging young people to sing and as a former member he is also passionate about the National Youth Choir of Wales. We are looking forward to working with him again this summer.
Programme: Last year’s repertoire provided members with a broad range of musical experience ranging from Palestrina to Stevie Wonder. We’re working with Tim to put together another programme of music that will challenge and excite you and continue to showcase the breadth of choral styles performed by the choir in 2018. Eric Whitacre’s songs were a popular choice last year and this summer we’ll look to add the final two works to that cycle. We’ll also celebrate Welsh music, performing Mansel Thomas’ Blest are the Pure in Heart and The Phoenix and the Turtle by Huw Watkins. We’ll let you know as we add more pieces to the programme.
30 August, 7.30pm Powis Hall, Bangor
31 August, 7.30pm Aberystwyth Arts Centre tbc
1 September, 4pm Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff
The Choir will perform 3 concerts around Wales this summer starting with a concert at the Powis Hall in Bangor, a concert in Aberystwyth Arts Centre and then a final concert at the Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff. The Choir will also record a service for Radio 4’s Sunday Worship using the chapel on site at Carmarthen University. With a huge audience, the broadcast will be a fantastic way to showcase the Choir.