RSCM Millennium Youth Choir

The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir is an exciting chamber choir, founded at the instigation of Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury. It offers special opportunities to around 36 young singers to sing the widest and most exciting range of sacred music to the highest standards.

Open days for singers aged 16 – 23Residential courses are held during school and university holidays, and include individual musical and vocal tuition, services and public concerts. Other events are occasionally arranged in the course of the year.

(Please note that these courses are open only to Millennium Youth Choir members.)

Joining the Millennium Youth Choir

Membership of the Millennium Youth Choir is open to singers aged between 16 and 23 years of age. (Please note that for the 2016 summer course in particular, new applicants must be 18 on or before 5th August 2016. Singers aged under 18 might like to consider joining the Cathedral Courses.) Entry is by audition.

Open days for singers aged 16-23

Our open days give you the chance to audition for RSCM courses and choirs (including MYC and the Cathedral Course) and rehearse with current members, followed by an informal closing performance. The next open days will be:

Saturday 30 January 2016 11.00-4.00 – St Saviour, Pimlico (registration from 10.30)

Saturday 6 February 2016 11.00-4.00 – Peterborough Cathedral Song School/St John, Peterborough (registration from 10.30)

Attendance at an open day costs £5. Book online!

For further information, please contact myc@rscm.com or 01722 424843.

Auditions

Please bring a piece of your own choice to sing (two copies). This should:

  • be no longer than a couple of minutes. You may be asked to sing a short section if the piece is longer.
  • be wide-ranging in pitch, to demonstrate the compass of your voice.
  • be solo or choral.
  • be appropriate to your level and experience. Demonstrating your ability to sing a piece well is more important than attempting something half-known.

RSCM Award syllabuses contain examples of possible repertoire at different levels:

The audition (which will also include supporting tests) will explore speed of learning, sense of pitch, response to text, ability to hold an independent part and voice quality.

Successful candidates will be invited to specific courses and events depending on age and experience.

How much will it cost?

Each course is individually priced, and includes accommodation, music, training and individual vocal coaching.

Is there any financial assistance available?

A small number of grants and bursaries will be awarded to assist those singers who cannot afford the full cost of a course.

Courses

Further information

For more information on auditions or for any other details, please contact 01722 424843 or myc@rscm.com.

Current Director of MYC

Adrian Lucas

Adrian has all the experience you’d expect as an ex-cathedral organist, and an impressive array of first performances of music which he has conducted with major choirs and orchestras. He has an interest in jazz and likes to include some in his organ concert programmes! He is noted for taking a lively and fun rehearsal, and for demanding (and getting) high standards from his singers. When not doing this you are likely to find him flying a plane somewhere, having had time for some exciting hobbies since he finished working for his last cathedral post. Adrian is married to Joanna and they have two grown-up children of MYC age. Adrian also runs his own recording company (www.acclaimproductions.co.uk), which also makes CDs and downloads for Naxos, Signum and Toccata, amongst others.

Previous conductors of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir

Martin Neary

The Millennium Youth Choir’s first conductor was Martin Neary, who quickly established the choir’s standards and reputation. During its first very successful year, the choir gave concerts in Guildford and Oxford, broadcast for BBC Radios 2 and 3 (Choral Evensong), sang at the opening of the Millennium Dome, and at the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday Tribute. In 2001 the Choir sang concerts at Lambeth Palace and York Minster, and liturgically at Selby Abbey.

Gordon Stewart

In 2002 Gordon Stewart took over as director of the choir, and directed the choir in the recording of its debut CD, A Land of Pure Delight, in the chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge. The choir also took a leading role at the RSCM’s 75th Anniversary celebration week in Durham, which included broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and a Gala Concert in Durham City’s Elvet Methodist Church. In 2003 the Millennium Youth Choir performed concerts at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden and St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury (as part of the Southern Cathedrals Festival). In 2004 the choir travelled to the United States of America for its first tour, where it gave several concerts in East Virginia and Washington.

David Ogden

David Ogden was conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir from 2004-2014. Well known for his work with church musicians of all denominations around the UK, and especially with the Royal School of Church Music, David is an inspirational teacher and musician, and has worked with many choirs in the UK and abroad. He currently conducts City of Bristol Choir and Exultate Singers, an accomplished chamber choir based in the South West. Until 2002 he was Director of Music at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol and conducted the Cathedral Choir in many broadcasts, concerts and tours as well as weekly services. He is based at a thriving parish church in Bristol and is developing no less than four choirs there, including separate boys’ and girls’ choirs. www.davidogden.co.uk

RSCM Chamber Choir

The RSCM Chamber Choir was formed to provide an opportunity for former members of MYC and other singers of similar standard between the ages of 23 and 40 to meet and sing occasional services. Its inaugural event was at Salisbury Cathedral in June 2012. For details go to www.rscmchamberchoir.co.uk.

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