York Music Students take spots in NYCGB Fellowship scheme

Posted on 31 October 2018

Five out of eight places in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship scheme have been filled by students from York's Department of Music.

NYCGB (National Youth Choir of Great Britain) have run a Fellowship scheme, since 2015, which chooses eight young singers to make an octet. This group receives training from national choral music leaders, then gives concerts, coaches other groups and leads the sections of the National Youth Choir.

Students from the University of York have made up a disproportionately large part of this group, since the scheme’s foundation, and this year make up over half of this national group, it was announced today. 

Gabriella Noble and Ailsa Campbell (MA in Solo-Voice Ensemble students), Jack Harberd, Sam Gilliatt and Ben Munden (UGs) will spearhead the group for 2018-19. Sam commented on his time at York:

"the variety of high quality performing/directing opportunities on offer at York is staggering. My time there helped teach me that singing, particularly within an ensemble, is about so much more than singing the right notes (necessarily) in the right order."

Robert Hollingworth from the Department of Music added:

“we’ve a very supportive atmosphere here with a fantastic team of singing teachers. It’s an organic process from their first lesson through to taught modules and department ensembles with room for specialist Renaissance and Baroque focus to a brilliant close harmony ensemble with lots in between. It’s great that the NYC are recognising what York produces, though let’s give the students the credit for succeeding at this level.”

Ben Parry, Artistic Director, NYCGB, added:

“The NYCGB Fellowship Programme has been very fortunate to attract many excellent young musicians from the University of York, either as undergraduates or those on its MA Ensembles Programme run by Robert Hollingworth and the strong musical ability of the Fellows is testament to the quality of their courses - nearly half or more of the last three years’ cohort have been former or current students at York! We at NYCGB are delighted that U of York’s Music Department turns out the sort of musician that we’re looking for - well-rounded, confident and enquiring, with enthusiasm and a holistic approach to their music-making.”

University of York’s Department of Music is also about to announce a series of new choral scholarships on top of the Minster’s well-paid ones.

This year’s MA in Solo-Voice Ensemble singing programme has expanded to an octet and singers interested for 2019-20 should follow the second link below.

Read more about the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship scheme

Find out about the University's postgraduate course, MA Music (Solo Voice Ensemble Singing pathway)