Join the NYCW!
The NYCW is keen recruit the best young singers to ranks for its very exciting 2017 season which will be directed by Neil Ferris. Members will be selected at annual auditions to be held throughout the country in October/November. Please read carefully the notes below before you click on the application form on the bottom of the page.
The NYCW will meet for a 1 day preparatory workshop in Llandrindod before reconvening for its residential course in Monmouth in late July. During the week choristers will work in full and sectional rehearsals under the direction of our team of specialist tutors led by conductor, Neil Ferris, preparing for performances at Swansea and Newport.
(Choir members will also have the option to sing in a gala concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David's Hall on St David's Day.)
There will be plenty of opportunity for relaxation and choristers also enjoy a lively entertainment programme run by the pastoral staff. Activities usually include swimming, football and rounders and evening events such as quizzes, talent nights and much more.
Tuesday 28th February BBC REHEARSAL (Cardiff) - Optional
Wednesday 1st March BBC NOW CONCERT (St David's Hall, Cardiff) - Optional
Sunday 2nd July WORKSHOP (Llandrindod Wells)
Tueday 25th - Sunday 30th July SUMMER COURSE (Monmouth)
Saturday 29th July CONCERT (St Mary's Church, Swansea)
Sunday 30th July CONCERT (Priory Church, Monmouth)
COST OF MEMBERSHIP
The total cost of membership, which includes the summer residential course, workshop and other activities is £330.00, to be paid in three instalments - a small application deposit, second payment in December 2016 and final payment in April 2017.
We are keen to ensure that no-one is deterred from applying for the National Youth Choir of Wales summer course for financial reasons. All applications for assistance are treated in strictest confidence.
• Candidates should have been born in Wales and/or received their secondary education in Wales.
• Candidates should be between 16 and 21 years old (or 22, if still in full time education) on 31st August 2017.
• Candidates should normally be of around Grade VIII standard though they do not need to have taken the exam.
• Candidates must be available for all course and concert dates. Please check your availability before applying.
The format of your 10 minute audition is designed to demonstrate both your singing ability and musical potential and consists of the following 4 sections:
• OWN CHOICE SOLO SONG
You will be asked to sing an accompanied piece of your own choice which should not exceed 3 minutes in duration. We would suggest that you perform a song from the classical repertoire (eg by composers such as Mozart or Schubert) if possible. Free scores are available at imslp.org
• WELSH FOLK SONG
You will be sent an accompanied Welsh folk song to prepare and can choose to sing in either English or Welsh.
• AURAL TESTS
Whole Tone Scale - You will be given a starting note and asked to sing a one octave scale (ascending and descending) from this note.
AUDITIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE but you are required to pay £30.00 as a deposit. This payment will be returned to you following your audition or deducted from your course fees should you be offered a place in the Choir. If however you fail to attend your audition you may forfeit the payment.
When applying for membership, you will be required to pay a deposit of £30.00 which will be deducted from your overall course fee. This money will be refunded to you if you are not awarded a place in the Choir.
Click here to complete the form online. (The closing date for applications is 30th September 2016.)