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  • NCCGB is looking for new members for our Board of Trustees - The NCCGB board of trustees is currently recruiting new members. The role of trustee is voluntary and we welcome applications from a broad range of individuals who share our passion for the charity's ethos and mission of inclusive music-making. We would especially welcome people with expertise in the following areas: financial, HR, marketing. Are you looking to become a Trustee? Would you like to donate a small amount of time to make a big difference to the musical education of children and young people across the United Kingdom?   Find out more about the opportunity here: Trustee role specification  For… ...Read More
  • NCCGB Scholar for 2022 - We are pleased to announce that our 2022 scholar will be Milli Fryer, from Senior Choir. The standard of applications this year was once again very high, and the decision was not straightforward. We would like to congratulate all those who took part. Milli has been a member of NCCGB since 2015 when she joined Yellow Choir, and has not missed a course since. Her love for NCCGB came through very strongly in her audition, and Dan felt that she was the embodiment of NCCGB and its values, and is a very worthy scholar. Milli says: 'I am delighted to… ...Read More
  • NCCGB is pleased to announce that Will Todd has agreed to take on the role of Patron to the choir. - The trustees are delighted to announce that Will Todd has agreed to become a Patron of the choir. Will Todd is one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers, and is renowned for his exciting and beautiful music across a wide range of genres. The NCCGB Board of trustees and the staff feel that Will brings great value to the organization and are looking forward to working with him to further the aims of the choir. Will has worked with our Musical Director Dan Ludford-Thomas in the past and during 2021 lead a remote workshop with the choir as part of… ...Read More
  • Easter course recordings - Like many other organisations, the pandemic forced us to move our Easter 2021 course online. Our staff and choristers more than rose to the challenge and we had a really successful week, with a lot of fun and music making. We enjoyed a mixture of choir rehearsals, singing lessons and recreation sessions. We continued with some of our NCC traditions, such as Film Night, the NCC Quiz and our Cabaret night and our Junior Choirs worked hard to earn family points across the week. We were lucky enough to be visited by professional musicians, Will Todd, Anders Eden Roth and… ...Read More
  • What is it like to be a member of NCCGB? - Lexi Greenwood, member of Senior Choir and our 2020 Scholar has written about her experience of singing with NCCGB since she was 10 years old. Lexi feels that she has gained so much from her time with NCCGB. She views the decision to join as the best decision she's ever made, which has enabled her to grow both musically and personally, as she has grown in confidence during her time with the choir. If you are thinking of auditioning to join us, this is well worth a read to give a flavour of what life is like as a member… ...Read More
  • Reviews of The Girl from Aleppo - Our 2019 recording of Cecilia McDowall's beautiful cantata, 'The Girl from Aleppo', commissioned to mark our 20th Anniversary, was released on 1st May by Convivium Records. You can read more about this here. The recording has been very well received and we are so pleased to read such positive reviews. Credit goes to our inspirational music team and all of our choristers for their part in achieving this. Henry Fogel of Fanfare says that The Girl from Aleppo is  "A moving cantata that tells a remarkable story” Philip Greenfield, of  the American Record Guide says that the recording: “Sends a… ...Read More
  • Booking now open for our 2021 auditions - Booking is now open for our 2021 auditions. If you are aged 9-19 and love to sing, we would like to hear from you. All of our auditions will be done in person. However, if restrictions are in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our auditions will move online. To book an audition and find out more information, please visit the Joining-Us page on our website. Image: Karina Lyburn ...Read More
  • Release of 2019 recording of The Girl from Aleppo - We are very excited to announce that our 2019 recording of The Girl from Aleppo will be released by Convivium Records on 1st May. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in such an exciting project and to have had the chance to perform such a beautiful piece of music. The cantata The Girl from Aleppo, was commissioned by NCCGB to mark the occasion of our 20th Anniversary in 2018 and had its premiere at  Birmingham Town Hall on 10th August, 2018. The Girl from Aleppo is the story of Nujeen Mustafa. It was written by… ...Read More
  • Corona Virus – cancellation of Summer course - Our trustees have been keeping the situation under close review with regards to our summer course. We had all been hoping that it would be able to go ahead as planned. However, the trustees have taken the difficult decision to cancel. This is a decision that has not been taken lightly as they are very aware of the impact that this has for all staff and choir members. Having considered the situation in detail, the trustees feel that it would not be possible for us to adequately maintain social distancing, particularly in a residential setting, and therefore we would be… ...Read More
  • NCCGB 2019 Recording - During our Summer Course this year we recorded a number of items for our forthcoming CD. Once again we enjoyed working with Jon Cohen, the producer, and were delighted to welcome back Cecilia McDowall (composer) and Harriet Mackenzie (violinist) for their input when we recorded Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo, the piece commissioned from Cecilia for our 20th Anniversary celebrations last year. During the recording James Olsen came along to film us at work and you can see the video of this here … ...Read More