The Ulster Youth Choir will present a series of concerts, featuring the Ulster Youth Training Choir (ages 15-24) and brand new Ulster Youth Junior Choir (ages 11-14), throughout July, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The first concert, Beginnings, takes place on Wednesday 19 July at Campbell College and will feature the brand new Ulster Youth Junior Choir.
Further summer concerts will take place on Friday 21 July at Clonard Monastery in West Belfast, and Thursday 27 July at Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown and St George’s Church, Belfast on Friday 28 July, featuring the main Ulster Youth Training Choir.
The Ulster Youth Choir has been working hard to strengthen its artistic strategy for the next 10 years. One major priority was to create access to the choir for a younger generation in an effort to inspire and ignite a confidence and joy of choral singing at an earlier age.
Following this the new Ulster Youth Junior Choir was established and welcomed 80 young people (aged 11-14) from across Northern Ireland this week who took part in a three-day course at Campbell College, Belfast. The new junior choir will present their inaugural concert on Wednesday 19 July.
Newly appointed Director of the UYC, Greg Hallam, said,
“I am hugely excited by the expansion of UYC to incorporate our Junior Choir and delighted to be its Director. Having worked with the Ulster Youth Training Choir for five years, it is evident that the talent and musicianship of the young people needs to be nurtured from an earlier age. Using a small, highly experienced team of musical staff, we will place emphasis on developing the musicianship of the singers and prepare them for the next rung of the UYC ladder.”
Artistic Director of UYC, Dominic Peckham spoke of his excitement at this new venture for the organization,
“For nearly the entire existence of the Ulster Youth Choir, plans and ideas for a UYC Junior Choir have been discussed at great lengths and we are now finally able to make this happen! I am proud to launch Ulster Youth Junior Choir and so excited about what this means for UYC’s overall relevance and capabilities throughout Northern Ireland.
I am also delighted we are able to name Greg Hallam as UYJC Director. Greg has worked within the UYC family for many years and is one of the most talented, passionate and dedicated choral specialists in the world, with particular talents in developing younger voices and allowing them to achieve phenomenal standards, regardless of their previous experience.”
For further information about the summer concert series visit www.uyc.org.uk