Ulster Youth Chamber Choir 2017
Following successful concerts in the autumn and spring the Ulster Youth Chamber Choir continued a busy year with a performance during the BBC Radio School Choir of the Year at the Ulster Hall Belfast in April 2017. The programme was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.
New Conductor for UYTC in 2017
UYC is delighted to announce that Adam Treadaway has been appointed the new Ulster Youth Training Choir Conductor for 2017. Adam has been an invaluable member of the team since 2011 and we’re already looking forward to an exciting summer for UYTC.
Speaking of the appointment Adam said “I am extremely privileged to have been given this fantastic position with UYC. It is a great organisation and I look forward to my first course as Conductor in 2017”
Arthur Beggs Memorial Award
Congratulations to UYC member Ramesh Wilson. Ramesh has been awarded the Arthur Beggs Memorial Award by the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters. Speaking after receiving the award Ramesh said “Without the UYC course my voice would not have progressed thus far and I would like to acknowledge my thanks to all the UYC music staff for the development of my voice for the better.”
UYC Summer Concerts 2016
Following our two residential courses in Campbell College Belfast both the Ulster Youth and Ulster Youth Training Choirs concluded their weeks with evening performances at St George’s Belfast and Down Cathedral Downpatrick. Congratulations to all our choristers involved.
UYC Composer in Residence 2016
In a brand new venture for Ulster Youth Choir, Stephen Coyle, from Queen’s University Belfast has been chosen as the very first recipient of a an innovative new UYC programme supporting composers throughout Northern Ireland. This project represents part of the choir’s ongoing commitment to the development of creativity in all of NI’s young people. The UYC Composer in Residence offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s leading national youth choirs, workshop and develop their composing skills during the choir’s intensive residential choral training course and have their commission premiered in a major venue within the UK and receive a special recording of their commission for digital release. The position is supported by mentors from Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster Youth Choir’s own music leaders and special guest composers and mentors. The project is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Esme Mitchel Trust.
School Choir of the Year 2016
Following the competition final broadcast live from the Ulster Hall Belfast Dalriada School Ballymoney and St Patrick’s Primary School Rathfriland have been named BBC Radio Ulster School Choirs of the Year. The programme is produced in association with Ulster Youth Choir and is funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland.
New Artistic Director
The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to announce that Dominic Peckham has been appointed as our new Artistic Director. Dominic has directed the Ulster Youth Training Choir for over eight years and is renowned internationally for his huge energy and passion for youth choral music. He also holds an impressive array of posts including Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House’s ‘RM19’ Youth Chorus, Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Artistic Director and Founder of iSingUK, Artistic Director of the Fourth Choir, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music as well as Musical Director at the London Oriana Choir.
Speaking of his appointment Dominic Peckham stated “I am thrilled and deeply honoured to be appointed as Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir. I am so very excited to be responsible for the direction, innovation and development of such a cherished and renown organisation. Furthermore I am humbled to be tasked with inspiring and connecting with young singers from across Northern Ireland, whilst nurturing the choirs towards new and exciting performance opportunities and collaborations, both at home and abroad.”
Ulster Youth Choir Tour 2015
In September 2015 almost forty Ulster Youth Choir members travelled to England and Switzerland as part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir for a series of three concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. The choir performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall London and at the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival.
Writing on the concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall The Guardian highlighted the choir as “simply extraordinary – pinpoint in their accuracy and clarity, and commanding a phenomenal dynamic range.” Later reviewing the performance at the Royal Albert Hall The Guardian also wrote “The stars were the BBC Proms Youth Choir – some 400 singers aged 13-25, trained by Simon Halsey and made up of seven youth choruses from across the UK (CBSO Youth Chorus, Birmingham University Voices, Ulster Youth Choir, the Hallé, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Quay Voices). ..Their lives will have been changed by this event. So were ours.”
BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year in association with UYC
Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar and Pond Park Primary School winners of the 2015 BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year!
Six primary schools and six secondary schools were shortlisted through a series of heats over recent weeks. The winning choirs will help BBC Radio Ulster celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015 and feature across a range of the station’s programming and events.
Greg Beardsell Steps Down as Artistic Director
The Ulster Youth Choir Board has announced that Greg Beardsell will be stepping down as Artistic Director of UYC at the end of March 2015 after leading the choir for nine years. Under his direction the Ulster Youth Choir has performed across the UK and Ireland as well as collaborating and recording with the BBC, the Ulster Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort & Players and the Belfast Festival at Queens. Chairman Wilson Graham stated that Greg Beardsell has made an exceptional contribution to UYC in this period and thanked Greg for the tremendous service given as well as his dedication and loyalty.
“I have great delight in reviewing the progress we have made in terms of adding musical and educational value to the organisation, offering outstanding experiences for our members and establishing UYC as an organisation which is respected throughout the UK and beyond” said Mr Beardsell.
The forthcoming Ulster Youth Choir activities will be led by music director Dominic Peckham whilst the organisation seeks to appoint a new Artistic Director.
New Commission for UYC
Composer David Byers together with UYC members Brian McAlea and Molly Gilmartin met with Ciaran Scullion from the Arts Council Northern Ireland at St Anne’s Cathedral this summer ahead of our Love’s as Warm as Tears concert at the cathedral on 8 August. David presented the score for the specially commissioned work entitled Strange Hells.
UYC at The Royal Albert Hall
In August 2014 around 50 UYC members joined the BBC Youth Prom Choir for a performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. In total around 270 choristers joined conductor Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for an unforgettable experience!
UYC recording with Gabrieli Consort wins BBC Music Magazine Choral Recording Award 2014
Congratulations to the members of UYC who travelled to London to record with the Gabrieli Consort. The recording has been awarded the BBC music magazines choral recording of 2014!