National Youth Choir of Great Britain

National Youth Choir of Great Britain

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) inspires and empowers young people throughout the UK with the life-changing experience of singing together. NYCGB is a national champion for youth choral music, standing for artistic excellence, creative diversity, and openness and relevance to all.

Originally founded in 1983 as a single ensemble of 100 singers, NYCGB now comprises five choirs of over 800 young people aged 9-25. The choirs meet in the holidays for residential training courses offering intensive rehearsal experience, musicianship training, and individual and group coaching. Recent performance highlights include the BBC Proms, Snape Proms, City of London Festival, Durham BRASS, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Malta International Choral Festival, the American Choral Directors’ Association Conference, the National Youth Choir’s 2016 tour of China and Hong Kong, the Association of British Choral Directors’ Convention, the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert and a viral music video production of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Balleilakka’.

NYCGB regularly broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM and records for NYCGB’s own digital record label. NYCGB enriches the choral tradition with commissions from leading composers through its New Music Programme. Recent commissions include new works by Jonathan Dove, Roxanna Panufnik, Vikki Stone, Errollyn Wallen, Janet Wheeler and Kerry Andrew. Nationally, NYCGB works with Music Education Hubs and other partners to support increased access to singing opportunities for young people regardless of background or circumstance. Learning and engagement programmes include delivery of partnership projects in Nottinghamshire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cornwall, and provision of workshops for young people and vocal leaders. A growing programme of on-demand activity supplements this strategic work. In 2019, NYCGB will offer more than 40 open activities to non-members, reaching more than 4,000 young people and adults.

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Parry, Ben


Ben Parry has a busy career as a conductor, composer, arranger, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields. He has made over 100 CD recordings and his compositions and arrangements are published by Oxford University Press, Peters Edition and Faber Music, including the popular Faber Carol Book. He collaborates regularly with the writer Garth Bardsley: their choral piece Flame was performed by a choir of 300 singers at the Royal Albert Hall in the 2012 BBC Proms and their carol Three Angels by King's College Choir on BBC TV's Carols from King's. Major commissions include the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington DC, St John's College Cambridge, Chelmsford, Norwich, Ely and Sheffield Cathedrals, BBC Singers and the Aldeburgh Festival. Ben's music also featured in the 1st episode of the hit US TV series, Glee. He has composed many track for the production music company, Audio Network, whose music can be heard throughout the world on radio and TV. 

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National Youth Choir of Great Britain
NYCGB Fellowship Octet
Ben Parry conductor


In this new partnership with the NYCGB we present choral works by four talented young composers Lillie Harris, Joanna Ward, Shruthi Rajasekar and Harry Baker. 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.

'NYCGB has always championed new music, from a glittering back-catalogue by distinguished composers to a burgeoning pipeline of new commissions from an increasingly broad spectrum of international composers. It has always been an important aim to offer opportunities to young composers to write for voices, and so the Young Composers Scheme was born. We celebrate the diversity of our choral repertoire, and the chance to push the boundaries of what choral music is and can be through the programming of imaginative and captivating performance programmes. The first year of the Scheme has seen our first cohort of Young Composers involved in a dizzying array of activities, including mentoring from an impressive roster of professional composers including Eleanor Alberga, Jonathan Dove, Anna Meredith and Toby Young, workshops, rehearsals and composing retreats and writing for a number of the NYCGB ensembles, including the National Youth Choir. Our young singers have been actively involved throughout the process – the result is four original and refreshing choral works which have been professionally recorded by the flagship National Youth Choir.'

- Ben Parry, NYCGB Artistic Director/Conductor


‘a fine snapshot of the National Youth Choir’s Young Composers scheme’ BBC Radio 3 Record Review

'Numbers is a great title for a piece: a series of sung numbers and overlapping time signatures that is funky to conduct and fun for the singers' The Guardian


The 2019 Young Composers Scheme was kindly supported by:

The Garrick Charitable Trust
RVW Trust
Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund
Leche Trust
Michael Tippett Musical Foundation



Harry Baker’s Might Live Happy, Lillie Harris’ Not Been Found, and Shruthi Rajasekar’s Numbers were recorded at Mountview Academy, Peckham on 8 September 2019.
DAVID JONES (Sonus Audio) Engineer, Mixer and Editor

Harry Baker’s Moments, Lillie Harris’ Margaret, Shruthi Rajasekar’s did you know, and Joanna Ward’s I CANNOT GET TO MY LOVE... were recorded at Love Electric Studios, Hornsey on 20 September 2019.

ANDY HUGHES Engineer and Mixer

BEN PARRY Producer and Editor

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3038
Release Date:
17 January 2020