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The next Oriel Champagne Concert will be on Friday, 6 May from 8.15pm in the College Chapel. Our performers will be the Fellowship Octet from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) 2019-20 programme, one of whom is Oriel student Loren Kell. Running since 2015, the NYCGB Fellowship Programme is an outstanding full-year development programme for emerging young professional choral leaders. Our performers represent the 2019-20 cohort, more details below.
Tickets for the concert are priced at £25 each and include a sparkling wine interlude. As usual there is an optional supper held prior to the concert in the Champneys Room from 7pm. Tickets for the supper are £30 each. Orielenses are welcome to bring their guests, to share in what proves to be an excellent evening in College!
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYCGB Fellowship 2019-20 cohort had a busy schedule: they performed at the Royal Albert Hall for a showcase in the Elgar Room; and performed there on several other occasions for Christmas Carol Concerts and a Scratch Youth Messiah Project. They also performed at the Royal Northern College of Music as part of an ensemble singing workshop; and at Saffron Hall with the Tallis Scholars. Alongside this the group visited schools around the southeast giving composition workshops and recitals, and acted as section leaders within the NYCGB Main Choir.
The pandemic thwarted many of the groups plans, including a month-long funded tour with the NYCGB Main Choir to Australia and New Zealand, a recital at Waddesdon Manor, and staffing and section-leading of choirs on various residential courses throughout the spring and summer. During this time, they moved online to engage in workshops with musicians Kevin Fox, Roxanna Panufnik, Dame Sarah Connolly, and Benji Merrison, and industry professionals such as David Clegg. The group remotely recorded and released pieces under NYCGB’s own label (‘By The Way, I Love You – Parry’), and as part of The Sixteen’s ‘Sounds Sublime’ online concert (‘Locus Iste – Jenkins’). Under COVID restrictions, they were able to come together at Snape Maltings for a 3-day residency, recording, and performance, on the brink of the announcement of Lockdown 2. In October 2020, the group recorded an album with NMC Recordings, consisting of entirely new music composed specifically for them by composers from NYCGB’s ‘Young Composers Scheme’.
Since the easing of restrictions, the group have started to perform together in person again. They performed in July 2021 in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Lewisham, as part of their concert series funded by the Cultural Recovery Fund. In October 2021 they gave a recital for an Art’s Society in St James’ Square, London. Future performances are planned with SJE Arts and
Oxford Festival of the Arts in summer 2022.
Singers in the NYCGB Fellowship 2019:
Eleanor Bray – Soprano 1
Loren Kell – Soprano 2
Ella Rainbird-Earley – Alto 1
Chloe Wedlake – Alto 2
James Botcher – Tenor 1
David Woods – Tenor 2
Laurence Padfield – Bass 1
Freddie Crowley – Bass 2
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