National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Girls' Choir
The National Youth Girls’ Choir, featuring some of the country’s finest singers aged 11-14, sings English music for girls’ voices and harp in its summer concert on Thursday 30 August in Coventry Cathedral.
The concert will open with Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and this will be followed by the world premiere of an exciting new work by Steve Goss and Robert Isaacs written specially for the choir. This new commission is a suite of nine pieces for upper voices and harp, each featuring one of planets in the solar system. It is both witty and poignant, putting the choir through its paces as it travels through time and space, taking in a wide range of musical styles and vocal techniques en route.
‘This is the first major commission for the National Youth Girls’ Choir and we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Goss and Isaacs on this exciting project. It will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the talents of our young singers,’ says Musical Director Esther Jones.
Alongside these major works will be a number of English folksongs and madrigals, as well as a beautiful a cappella piece for unison voices by Jonathan Dove.
The concert is the culmination of a four-day residential course during which the choir members take part in musicianship sessions and individual voice coaching amidst an intensive rehearsal schedule.
‘They are of a phenomenally high, world-class standard and act as a springboard for the country’s most gifted and versatile young singers.’
Howard Goodall talks about the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
Tickets will be available on the door at £3 (free for under-18s). The concert is scheduled to run until 4.15pm (no interval).
Thursday 30 August | 3pm | Coventry Cathedral