RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
Photo: Gordon Richardson
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. Residential 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. Entry is by audition – you will need to bring a piece to sing, and prior to the audition you will be sent a psalm to prepare. You will also be asked to sing a short piece at sight.
To arrange an audition, contact Colin Davey at myc(at)rscm.com or 01722 424844.
How much will it cost?
Each course will cost from around £150 - £480 (depending on the length of the course), inclusive of accommodation, all music, training and 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.
For more information on auditions or for any other details, please contact Colin Davey on 01722 424844 or myc(at)rscm.com.
Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 April 2015
Course Director: Adrian Lucas
Price: £175 (bursaries are available)
Accommodation will be in a city centre hotel for Monday night. If you want to get there early (rehearsals will start around 10.00am), we can make a booking for you on the Sunday night, at an extra cost.
Space in Chichester is limited, both at the Cathedral and the hotel, and we need to make sure we’ve got a viable balance of singers. First come, first served, within your voice part. Please contact Colin Davey or Sarah King (01722 424843 or myc(at)rscm.com) to reserve a place by 19 December 2014. We’ll need a deposit (£35) by the end of January and the balance by Friday 13 March. To apply for a bursary, please submit the form when reserving a place.
Update - 22 December 2014: Some places are still available for this course - please enquire.
Monday 10 - Sunday 16 August 2015
Course Director: Adrian Lucas
Price: to be confirmed
Both courses will be led by 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.
Details of further courses will be available on this page as soon as they have been confirmed.
RSCM Chamber Choir
The new RSCM Chamber Choir has been 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.
Previous conductors of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
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.
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 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