2017 Course Dates
Ulster Youth Training Choir 15-21 July
Ulster Youth Choir 22- 28 July
Ulster Youth Junior Choir 17-19 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.
Ulster Youth Chamber Choir Perform Vivaldi’s Gloria
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Ulster Youth Choir announces major expansion with launch of a Junior Choir
The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to announce the inaugural Ulster Youth Junior Choir summer course 2017. This three day, non-residential course will be held at Campbell College from 17-19 July. The choir is open to singers aged 11-14 and entry to the choir is through a short audition.
The course will be directed by Greg Hallam. Speaking of the forthcoming course Greg said, “ I am hugely excited by the prospect of Ulster Youth Choir expanding further to incorporate a Junior Choir and delighted to be its Director. Having worked with the Ulster Youth Training Choir for five years, it is evident that the talent and musicianship of the young people needs to be nurtured from an earlier age. Using a small, highly experienced team of musical staff, we will place emphasis on developing the musicianship of the singers and prepare them for the next rung of the UYC ladder. We plan to recruit by workshop 60-65 boys and girls aged 11-14. A three-day non-residential course will work well for this age-range, working hard between 8.45am-5.45pm with time for some social activities during the afternoon. We’ll give the junior choristers the opportunity to see where their UYC career can lead by providing the opportunity to attend and learn from the other UYC choirs in concert, and the passion for making music at the highest possible level.
To audition for the Junior Choir please download a form using the below link.
UYC Composer in Residence
Ulster Youth Choir and Artistic Director – Dominic Peckham announce the second year of their critically acclaimed venture supporting and inspiring young composers in Northern Ireland.
The UYC Composer in Residence offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s leading national youth choirs, and in addition to commissions, invite the chosen CiR to workshop and develop their composing skills during the choir’s intensive residential choral training course in July 2017.
The work will have a premier performance and receive a special recording of their commission for digital release. The position will be supported by mentors from Queen’s University Belfast, BBC Northern Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ulster Youth Choir and special guest composers.
This vacancy is open to all under and post-graduate music and composition students based in Northern Ireland. The deadline for applications is 3 March with initial sample material (minimum 50 bars) submitted by Friday 24th March 2017, from which the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a special participatory workshop in late April. For further details please contact UYC using the “Contact Us” service below.
Want to join the Ulster Youth Choir in 2017?
If you would like to audition to join one of our choirs in 2017 please download an application form using the link below: