Chance for Ribble Valley pupils to sing with top choir

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The National Youth Choir of Great Britain arrives in Yorkshire next month and Ribble Valley teachers who want to get their pupils singing or give pupils more choral experience are

being urged to sign up for a free.

Run by The National Youth Choir of Great Britain in Giggleswick, Ready, Steady, Sing! is an energy-filled, fun-packed vocal day for children in years five to seven (and accompanying staff!), led by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s dynamic Deputy Music Director, Esther Jones. It takes place at Giggleswick School, near Settle, on Friday, June 24th from 9.30am.

Esther, who was recently seen on BBC TV’s The Choir: Sing While You Work with Gareth Malone, will be leading warm-ups and games before introducing pupils to a range of techniques.

Led by Esther, all groups will then work together to create a performance in just one day which families, other year groups and friends are welcome to watch at 2pm.

Esther said: “It’s going to be a fun-filled lively day getting everyone singing and exploring their voices through a variety of repertoire. We have not previously done a lot of work in Yorkshire so myself and the whole team at National Youth Choirs of Great Britain hope this is the

start of more activity in the region, and most of all more young people getting involved

in singing.”

NYCGB choirs regularly broadcast on the BBC and Classic FM and record for NYCGB’s own digital record label. It routinely appears at high-profile venues and festivals around

the UK and abroad. In the last five years its choirs have appeared at the BBC Proms, Snape Proms, City of London Festival, Durham BRASS, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Malta International Choral Festival, and the American Choral Directors’ Association Conference.

The workshop day is funded by Giggleswick School and the National Youth Choirs of

Great Britain and is free to attend. It starts at 9.30am and all pupils need is their own

packed lunch. A performance will then take place at Giggleswick Chapel at 2.00pm. Giggleswick School’s Head of Music, James Taylor, said: ”We’re really excited to be hosting this event. On speaking with some teachers we have planned the day to enable as many schools to come and take part as possible, there’s some really impressive choirs out there already and I hope we can all join together for what promises to be a fantastic day of choral work.”

School who would like to get involved can ring 01729 893180 or visit giggleswick.org.uk/rwt or email enquiries@giggleswick.org.uk.