New music for vocal ensembles
The NYCGB Young Composers Scheme is a new initiative created by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain with Digital Partner NMC Recordings which aims to annually identify and develop four talented composers aged 18-25 who are passionate about creating high quality, imaginative new music for vocal ensembles.

It offers a fully-funded, year-long programme of professional development, including the unique opportunity to write music for NYCGB’s choirs. Following a successful first year, it aims to challenge perceptions of choral music through support in development, innovation and diversity. Running across a whole year, the scheme comprises residential courses, workshops, peer and professional mentoring and performance showcases including a high-profile launch event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The four composers will work with their peers in the National Youth Choir and NYCGB Fellowship Scheme over the coming year to create new music and receive opportunities including a recording session for a worldwide digital release on NMC Recordings. A digital album of their works will be released in early 2021.

The NYCGB Young Composer Scheme is generously supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.


The four composers selected for the scheme in 2019-20 are:

Nathan James DeardenAmy BryceLisa Robertson

Joseph Bates












From left to right: Nathan James Dearden, Amy Bryce, Lisa Robertson, Joseph Bates



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NYCGB Young Composers Scheme 2018-19



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In this digital release we present choral works by the four talented young composers who took part in the scheme in 2018-19. Their works experiment with a variety of styles and approaches to writing for voice, with themes ranging from the U.S.A.-Mexico border crisis, the impact of technology on our lives, and the John Franklin expedition.