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.
Ulster Youth Choir Programme July 2018
The 2018 Ulster Youth Choir summer residential course and concert is entitled Strange Fruit, and will explore music of Oppression and Protest with a range of works from Recusant music of Byrd and De Monte, through Estonian music as well as modern day protest songs.
Speaking ahead of the summer programme Artistic Director Mark Chambers said, “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. “
Andrew Nunn appointed Ulster Youth Choir Artistic Director
The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to announce that Andrew Nunn will become the Ulster Youth Choir Artistic Director in September 2018. Speaking of the appointment Andrew said;
“I am absolutely ecstatic to have been appointed Artistic Director of the Ulster Youth Choir. This is amazing news and I am so excited and privileged to be able lead the choir in their 20th Anniversary year. I am so looking forward to what the Ulster Youth Choir and I can achieve together.”
Andrew Nunn is currently Director of Choirs at the RCS Junior Conservatoire in Glasgow where he is a responsible for a choral programme of 300 students age 8-18. He is also a regular conductor with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS), most recently he conducted NYCoS in Belgium in three performances broadcast live on BBC1 and BBC2 to mark the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele in July 2017. He is also artistic director of Les Sirenes, a female chamber choir that he formed in 2007 and led to win the 2012 BBC Choir of the Year Competition. Andrew also works with adult choirs and is musical director of the 130 strong Bearsden Choir in Glasgow that performs large scale choral works with the the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Symphony Orchestra. Andrew is passionate about the Kodaly Philosophy and what this can bring to choirs and as such this forms a huge part of his career. He is a Kodaly musicianship lecturer at the RCS and has taught on the NYCoS International Kodaly Summer School.