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Ulster Youth Choir celebrates its 20th anniversary with a tour to the Provençal Festival, France

Friday 26th July 2019 at 2pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Pictured (L-R) at rehearsals are Ulster Youth Choir singers,  Anthony Cowan, Victoria Thompson, Artistic Director, Andrew Nunn, Aiobh O’Neill and Jonathan Green. Image: Pictured (L-R) at rehearsals are Ulster Youth Choir singers, Anthony Cowan, Victoria Thompson, Artistic Director, Andrew Nunn, Aiobh O’Neill and Jonathan Green.

The Provençal Festival will welcome 40 of Northern Ireland’s most talented young singers, in concerts from 2-5 August, as part of the Ulster Youth Choir’s milestone 20th anniversary celebrations.  The tour, which is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, follows a spectacular performance  with 240 singers at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Saturday 27 July, featuring current members of  the organisation’s three choirs plus many of their alumni who have gone on to carve out successful singing careers.

The Ulster Youth Choir is the leading youth music provider in quality choral tuition and performance opportunities for the finest young singers in Northern Ireland.   Over the last few years, the organisation has grown to three choirs, supporting young people, aged from 11 up to 24, to access high-quality music making and develop their talents, coached by a team of highly-experienced professional tutors.

Andrew Nunn, Artistic Director, Ulster Youth Choir, commented,

“This summer is a big celebration for Ulster Youth Choir as we mark our 20th anniversary.  All three of our choirs will be gathering together to perform in the magnificent surroundings of the Ulster Hall, alongside 30 of our alumni, which promises to be a very special moment.  Following this we will tour to France for a series of performances at the wonderful, Provençal Festival, an experience that will undoubtedly remain with the young people taking part for a long time.” 

Joanne Wright, Arts Development Officer for Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added:

“Congratulations to the Ulster Youth Choir on achieving 20 years as the foremost youth music provider in the training, development, and showcasing of our finest young singers in Northern Ireland.  The Arts Council is proud to be principal funder of this important organisation and is also delighted to have been able to support this tour to France to mark this special 20-year milestone.  I would encourage everyone to go along to their performance in the Ulster Hall which promises to be an evening of tremendous music.”

The 20th anniversary concert, conducted by Ulster Youth Choir’s Artistic Director, Andrew Nunn, takes place at the Ulster Hall on Saturday 27 July at 7:30pm.  Visit www.ulsterhall.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/ulster-youth-choir for tickets.

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