Newcastle Sings is a youth choir project for secondary-school aged young people at the heart of the activity programme. Running initially on a pilot basis, the choir came together for the first time in April 2022 and then participated in workshops and weekly rehearsals which led to this showcase event at Kings Hall at Newcastle University.
The concert features the premiere of a new work by Joanna Ward (directed by Thomas Edney) and a performance of THE DREAM OF THE RIVER by Will Todd. This was originally commissioned by Newcastle Choral Society for their Jubilee Concert in Sage Gateshead in 2014. Newcastle Choral Society with their Musical Director Mark Anyan were delighted to collaborate with NYCP, part of Newcastle Sings, in their Showcase Concert.
Mark Anyan in his role as General Manager of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
provided support in the setting up of this youth choir project.
‘The Newcastle Youth Choir Project (NYCP) is designed to be open-access and inclusive, with the central aim of offering high quality opportunities to young singers across the city and beyond. With Covid-recovery in mind, our aim is to get young people back to singing and making music together and to give them the opportunity to work with exciting and vibrant choral practitioners.‘
Members of the youth choir will be invited to work with Music Partnership North to shape the future direction of choral and vocal activities for children and young people in Newcastle.
Newcastle Sings has been created by Music Partnership North, Newcastle
in collaboration with Newcastle University Music Department.
Supported with Arts Council Funding