2018 Course Dates;
Ulster Youth Choir 21-27 July
Ulster Youth Training Choir 14-20 July
Ulster Youth Junior Choir 16-19 July
Ulster Youth Choir
Ulster Youth Choir was established in 1999 to provide the best of Northern Ireland’s young singers aged 14-24 with the opportunity to sing together to the highest possible standards receiving training from some of the best choral and vocal practitioners from throughout the UK and Ireland and is now regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s leading artistic and educational organisations.
Since then UYC has expanded its activity establishing the Ulster Youth Training Choir as well as providing choral workshops province wide and offering training opportunities for schools, teachers and extended vocal training for existing members. UYC has performed across Northern Ireland and beyond and has participated in the BBC Proms and Belfast Festival at Queens. The choir has also produced two commercial CDs and recorded for the BBC.
In December 2012 UYC members travelled to London to join the Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme for a recording of Britten’s War Requiem alongside the Gabrieli Consort & Players conducted by Paul McCreesh. The recording won the BBC Music Magazine Award 2014 and in 2013 UYC joined the Irish Youth Choir for a combined concert in Christchurch Cathedral Dublin.
More recently in 2014 UYC members formed part of BBC Proms Youth Choir performing Britten’s War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. UYC returned to the BBC Proms in 2015 this time alongside the Vienna Philharmonic with concerts in Birmingham, The Royal Albert Hall and the Lucerne Festival Switzerland under the baton on Sir Simon Rattle.
Since 2015 UYC has worked in partnership with BBC Radio Ulster producing the School Choir of the Year Competition a in series of programmes for both primary and post primary schools broadcast from across the province.
UYC appoints Mark Chambers as Artistic Director for 2018
UYC is pleased to announce that Mark Chambers will be directing our senior choir in July 2018. Mark has performed and recorded with some of the most prestigious choirs and opera companies around the world including Tenebrae, Gallanticus, The Monteverdi Choir, The Gabrieli Consort and The National Chamber Choir of Ireland.
Speaking of his appointment Mark said, “I am thrilled to have been asked to be interim musical director of the Ulster Youth Choir for this Summer’s course. Having taken part in a course previously as a vocal teacher I know from first hand experience what an invaluable job this choir does for young singers in Northern Ireland. I have chosen a programme called Strange Fruit, which will explore music of Oppression and Protest with a range of music from Recusant music of Byrd and De Monte, through Estonian music and through to modern day protest songs.
I can’t wait to introduce this incredible music and the stories behind it to a new generation of singers and hopefully inspire them to go on and make singing a larger part of their everyday lives. The natural vocal talent available is incredible and I’m looking forward to hearing the auditions and begin to build the UYC for 2018. “
UYC Auditions 2018
UYC will be holding open auditions for our choirs in the spring 2018. Audition dates are 3 March and 14 April. To book an audition download the form using the link below;
Lynsey Callaghan appointed Ulster Youth Junior Choir Conductor 2018
The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to announce that Lynsey Callaghan will be conducting the Ulster Youth Junior Choir in 2018. Speaking of the appointment Lynsey said;
Ulster Youth Junior Choir represents an exciting step towards an incremental system of choral music education within the organisation and I am deeply grateful and delighted to have been appointed as conductor. I look forward to working with the artistic team and the young singers to make beautiful music together.