8 December 2016
Rebecca to Join the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB)
Fifth Form pupil Rebecca Eckley-Smith, a member of the King’s College Chamber Choir, is to be congratulated for gaining a place in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) Training Choir for next year.
The NYCGB comprises five choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving university. Collectively, the NYCGB aims to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society.
The organisation was originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain. It now consists of around 750 young people aged 9-25. Rebecca will join the National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
The NYCGB meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.
Commenting on her achievement, Director of Music, Colin Albery said: “I am delighted that Rebecca has this fantastic opportunity to sing with a national choir; she enjoys singing with all our choirs at King’s, and has a big part in this term’s musical, but this will add another dimension to her musical experiences.”