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UK’s top young choristers coming to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 18:37 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:37 06 April 2018

National Youth Choir at Snape Maltings. Photo: Ben Tomlin

National Youth Choir at Snape Maltings. Photo: Ben Tomlin

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The acclaimed National Youth Choir will give first concert in Norwich for many years, featuring music from women composers, following a free pop-up performance in the city.

National Youth Choir are coming to Norwich with Women in Song. Photo: SubmittedNational Youth Choir are coming to Norwich with Women in Song. Photo: Submitted

The UK’s top young choristers are coming to Norwich this month for two performances.

Following a free ‘pop-up performance’ outside The Forum on April 15 at 12pm, the National Youth Choir will give an evening concert of beautiful choral music at St Andrew’s Hall.

Inspired by NYCGB’s 2018 artistic theme of ‘Women in Song’, the choir’s first concert in Norwich for many years features music from UK composers like Sheena Phillips, Roxanna Panufnik, Thea Musgrave and Imogen Heap and pieces from American composer Libby Larsen and Jamaican Eleanor Alberga.

Also featured, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, will be the ‘Songs of Farewell’ by Hubert Parry, written a century ago at the close of the composer’s life, and at the conclusion of the Great War.

The choir includes star Norwich singer Lucy Thalange, 19, who won Norfolk Young Musician of the Year in 2017.

Lucy said: “It’s the first time that the National Youth Choir has sung in Norwich for years, and I’m really excited because my friends hear me go on about it all the time but the concerts are usually far away.”

The National Youth Choir’s last concert was at the BBC Proms last August, where it was described by the critics as “a young choir on blazing form”.

The choir’s members hail from around the UK, and re-audition each year to keep their places.

• National Youth Choir: Women in Song, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, April 15, 7.30pm, £20, £5 under-25s, tickets on door or via nycgb.org.uk

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