MYC makes Proms debut
RSCM Millennium Youth Choir: appearances at The Proms and on BBC TV and radio.
The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir (MYC) had a high media profile during the month of September 2009, with a debut appearance with other leading British youth choirs at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as broadcasts in their own right on BBC One and Radio 3.
Wednesday 30 September - Choral Vespers from Assisi
On Wed 30 Sep and Sun 4 Oct the Millennium Youth Choir was heard in a broadcast of choral vespers on BBC Radio 3 from San Rufino Cathedral, Assisi, Italy. This service was recorded during a week-long choral pilgrimage with the BBC at Easter this year. Sunday 4th October was the Feast Day of St Francis, and 2009 is also the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of St Francis.
The service included:
Introit: Laudans exultet gaudio (Giovanni Croce)
Response: Deus in adjutorium (Giovanni Croce)
Office Hymn: With all the poor on earth (Mode viii)
Psalm: 104 (Plainsong)
First Lesson: Galatians 6 vv14-18
Motet: O bone Jesu (Baldassare Donato)
Second Lesson: Luke 12 vv22-34
Homily: Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi
Magnificat (Giovanni Rigatti)
Motets: Adoramus te (Claudio Merulo) and Lauda alla Vergine Maria (Verdi)
Final Hymn: All creatures of our God and King (Lasst uns erfreuen)
Organ Voluntary: Toccata Sesta (Frescobaldi)
Sunday 6 September 2009 - BBC Proms
The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, which draws its membership from church, collegiate and cathedral choirs from all over the UK, provided 40 of the 250-300 voices for a massed choir performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall. All the singers (including members of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Wales, as well as youth choirs from the CBSO and Hallé) spent four days in intensive rehearsals in Newcastle, before travelling to London for a final run through on the morning of the concert. They were accompanied by the Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Handel specialist Nicholas McGegan.
'The regular quartet of soloists was complemented by hundreds of young co-stars, each of whose regional battalions deserves a mention. So step forward the CBSO Youth Orchestra, the Hallé Youth Choir, the Quay Voices from Gateshead, the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, the Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, and the National Youth Choirs of Britain and Wales. You made a wonderful sound, with a lightness and freshness one never hears from more physically mature outfits. And you negotiated your rapidly ornamented melodic lines with entirely professional precision. I have never heard a more uplifting Messiah, or a choral event which more perfectly answered the requirements of the auditorium’s vast space.'
Michael Church, The Independent
'The singing was sensitively conceived and brilliantly executed . . . There are very few British institutions impervious to our national love of self-mockery. But Messiah, when performed like this, should be one of them.'
Guy Dammann, www.guardian.co.uk
'When the choir burst in with 'And the Glory of the Lord' I knew we were in for something magnificent. The sound of those young voices was simply thrilling in a way that brooks no argument . . . McGegan’s tempos were often riskily fast - ’Lift up your heads’ went off like a rocket - but they always paid off. Towards the end the little chamber organ on stage ceded authority to the mighty Albert Hall organ, the trumpets blazed out from the organ loft, and my critical objectivity vanished. Everyone must have been similarly moved, because at the Hallelujah chorus we all stood up, just as George II did in 1743. You can’t get more 'authentic' than that.'
Ivan Hewett, www.telegraph.co.uk
Sunday 20 September - BBC Songs of Praise
MYC took part in the BBC's Songs of Praise on Sunday 20 September on BBC One, broadcast from the Llyn Peninsula, on the theme of pilgrimage. The choir recorded musical items for the programme in Chester Cathedral during their summer course.
“It’s been a busy and exciting year for the choir,” says David Ogden, the choir’s director. “However, we are always on the lookout for new singers, and anyone between the ages of 16 and 23 who sings in a church, college or cathedral choir, will be welcome to get in touch to arrange an audition.”
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