With the generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, National Youth Arts Wales delivered its first ever choral development programme in 2018/19.   

Working with the National Youth Choir of Wales’ conductor Tim Rhys Evans, our Senior Producer Matt put together a training programme for young singers in schools across Wales to help develop their general musicianship and vocal technique in a fun, engaging and interactive way. As well as open workshops in schools where no experience of singing was required, Côr Skills also offered more specialist training for young singers to take their talent and skill to the next level. The programme was designed to give young people some added experience to help them feel better prepared and confident to audition for the National Youth Choir of Wales should you wish to in the future. There was some writing and creating but lots of singing and even more laughs!  

Côr Skills was delivered in 4 centres across North and South Wales. Each centre had 3 training days led by our team of first-class singing leaders. As well as our work with pupils and members of local youth choirs, our programme also included specialist training for choral leaders in each of the 4 regional centres to ensure that the skills and knowledge gained, will benefit regional youth choirs in schools and communities. 

With thanks from our funders, the Côr Skills programme was offered entirely free of charge to everyone who participated.  Given its huge success, we hope to run Côr Skills again in 2020 so if your choir or school wants to register your interest, please email us on nyaw@nyaw.org.uk