More than 60 talented young singers from across the North East region including Newcastle, Tyneside, Northumberland, Durham, Darlington, Teesside and Sunderland, had the opportunity to experience being part of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) early in February at a free event organised as part of Durham Vocal Festival.
The singers aged between 11-14, were identified by their local Music Education Hubs for their vocal potential and put forward for the weekend with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) the UK’s leading organisation for youth choral music, which has its head office based in Durham.
Choirs from Tees Valley Music Service were part of the line up as performances from Tees Valley Youth Choir, Stockton Showstoppers, Barbershop and Tees Valley Youth Chamber Choir all performing at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday February 9th.
The project is part of a wider collaboration between Durham Vocal Festival, NYCGB and the six North East Music Education Hubs aiming to help more of the regions talented young singers to fulfill their potential and be inspired to take their singing further, and forms part of NYCGB’s wider national programme of Learning and Engagement.
The Regional Festival of Music for Youth saw choirs from across the region perform in front of judges who were there to offer praise and constructive advice.
The festival weekend was made possible with the kind support of The Gillian Dickinson Trust, Durham Vocal Festival and the six Music Education Hubs: Durham & Darlington, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Tees Valley Music Service.
Mike Summers who managers Durham Music Service said: “This was an inspirational two days for the young people involved and also for the staff of the Music Education Hubs that came to the sessions.
“The standard of singing was exceptional and acted as a fantastic springboard to deeper progression routes for all the young people involved” Summers explained. “The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain are the pinnacle of youth singing in this country and it’s amazing that these young people were able to experience a ‘taster’ course. We are thrilled that once again this is part if Durham Tees Vocal Festival.”
NYCGB holds auditions for its five choirs every year. For more information go to the NYCGB website here.
Further information about Durham Vocal Festival can be found here.