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BBC Proms Seeks Young Singers

Posted on 16 February 2018

Sage Gateshead and the BBC are excited to announce the opportunity for young singers to perform at this year’s world-famous BBC Proms.

The BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy, in partnership with Sage Gateshead and the North East Music Education Hubs are inviting young people aged 16-25 from the North East to join a huge choir of massed voices on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in July.

Simon Halsey, Chorus Director, Proms Youth Choir Academy, says: “I am thrilled to be working with the Proms Youth Choir again and delighted that the Academy will this year travel to Gateshead to meet a new cohort of singers from the North East. Every year I look forward eagerly to meeting the PYC; they have a level of curiosity, engagement, enthusiasm and sheer talent that is deeply thrilling. This lively love for music is what the Proms are all about.”

Wendy Smith, Director of Creative Learning at Sage Gateshead, says: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with the BBC and the Music Education Hubs to welcome a new cohort of young people into the Proms Youth Choir. It is a fantastic opportunity for young singers from the North East from all musical backgrounds to perform at the BBC Proms, while developing their choral singing.”

Mike Summers, Manager of Music Education and School Improvement Advisor, Durham Music Service says: “I am delighted that the Proms Youth Choir will be based in the North East at Sage Gateshead this year. We have a rich heritage of choral music and some incredibly talented singers that will relish the prospect to be part of such a prestigious chorus. To base the Academy choir here as well is thrilling, giving talented young people that haven’t been able to engage with classical vocal music such a fantastic insight and prospect. It is a legacy that will remain with them for many years to come.”

The young singers will learn the basics of classical choral singing through a series of workshop sessions followed by a residency at Sage Gateshead, with choral conductor Grace Rossiter, conductor Simon Halsey and members of the BBC Singers (the BBC’s full-time professional choir). They will perform one of the most iconic works from the Western classical canon and a new piece written especially for the Proms Youth Choir (details to be released at the launch of the BBC Proms 2018 on 19 April).

Singers from all musical backgrounds are invited, they do not need to be able to read music to be part of the Academy, but they need to have a love of singing and a voice with potential.

A BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy 2017 member said:
“This was one of the best experiences of my life – I will take away a newfound love of singing and a desire to be part of a choir, as well as lifelong friends I have made during the experience.”

It’s free of charge to take part in the Academy. Singers need to apply by using the online application form, and selected applicants will be invited to a free workshop and selection day. The day will offer the chance to meet the team and have a go at singing as a group in a fun, informal and friendly setting.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9 March and workshops will take place on Saturday 24 March at Sage Gateshead. For further details and to apply visit / contact: