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National Youth Choirs of GB invite community choirs to join them at the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Monday

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing...
National Youth Choirs of GB
‘Worldsong’ – Mike Brewer
World Premier of ‘Magnificat’ – Sir John Tavener
Royal Albert Hall, London
Easter Monday, 9th April – 6pm
Photo by Marcus Ginns
Inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games, the National Youth Choirs of GB invite community choirs to join them at the Royal Albert Hall in a celebration of our world. 

The massed choirs, comprising over 700 young singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) and a further 700 - even younger - singers from children’s community choirs across the nation, will perform a unique programme of choral music from around the world.  The programme features the world premier of ‘Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis’, a specially commissioned work by acclaimed composer Sir John Tavener who will be present at the event, and NYCGB’s Music Director, Mike Brewer’s ‘Worldsong’.  Plus, songs from Sweden to New Zealand and from Bangladesh to Venezuela.

Mike Brewer comments; “In true Olympic spirit, we not only wanted to perform music from around the world in celebration of this years’ Games, but also wanted to share this opportunity to sing in the Royal Albert Hall with members of children’s choirs from around the UK.  

“Many of the children’s community choirs performing at the concert are run by former members of NYCGB.  Since establishing NYCGB in 1983, we’ve worked hard to develop young choral leaders and the hundreds of school, church and community choirs now run by NYCGB graduates are testament to our success.”

Photo by Chris Christodoulou
Miles Wallis-Clarke, who runs a community choir in Byker, Newcastle, remembers singing at the Royal Albert Hall as a child when he was a member of NYCGB.  “Singing at the Royal Albert Hall with NYCGB stands out as one of those pivotal occasions that inspired me to sing and lead others in singing.  I am keen that children from ‘Ouseburn Young Voices’ here in the Northeast have the same opportunity that I did and fully embrace the Olympic ideals that all children should be given the opportunity to excel in sport, music or whatever their passion is.  This concert gives our children the chance to sing with the best in the country in a prestigious venue - I hope that this will raise their aspirations about their own futures.”

Sir John Tavener comments; “I look forward to hearing the National Youth Choirs of GB singing my new Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, which will sound wonderful in the space of the Royal Albert Hall.”

This performance will be signed to help audience members who have impaired hearing.

The concert at the Royal Albert Hall is currently sold out so if you want to experience what is sure to be a gold-medal winning performance, contact the Royal Albert Hall and ask for any returned tickets, or wait for the DVD! 

Tickets cost £5-£30 and are available from the Royal Albert Hall’s Box Office on 0845 401 5034 or visit www.royalalberthall.com  (Booking fees apply except to personal visitors to the Box Office.)  



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