Glyndebourne Young Voices

Glyndebourne Young Voices (GYV) was an 18-month vocal performance project providing singing opportunities outside of a traditional choir format for young people aged 12+ years. It included schools-based “show choirs”; a new auditioned company for young performers based at Glyndebourne; artist and teacher training days; professional artist workshops for schools and performance days.

For secondary schools, GYV provided workshops, artist/teacher collaborations, and places for performing arts teachers (music, theatre or dance) to attend Glyndebourne’s Artist Development training days. In this way, GYV supported secondary schools in establishing their own school “Show Choirs”.

Feedback from young people shows most enjoy singing, but prefer it when combined with movement, drama, games or dance. This is especially true for boys and adolescents. GYV addressed this interest by supporting choirs that do more than just sing – they create semi-staged, choir-with-movement performances and borrow from the worlds of theatre and dance to create innovative and surprising work. Think “Glee”, cabaret, mini-music theatre, flash mobs . . . the possibilities are only limited by the imagination of the young people.

GYV Participants

William Parker Sports College, St Leonards Academy, Hailsham Community College, Crew Club, Peacehaven Community School, Hove Park School

GYV Artists

Music Directors Lee Reynolds, Nicola Wyndenbach, Rebecca Askew and Matt Greenwood
Directors Lucy Bradley, Shirley Keane, Polly Graham and Freya Wynn-Jones
Associate Artists Stuart Barter, Natalie Roberts, Marcia Bellamy and Emily Phillips
Movement Director Kieran Sheehan
Speech and Language, Singer Sara Gourlay

Thanks

Glyndebourne Young Voices is part of Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme (NGP), supporting young people from across East Sussex to develop their singing talent. If you would like to make a contribution towards the work of the NGP please contact Andrew Higgins, Director of Development.

We wish to thank the following for their generous support of the
Glyndebourne Young Voices project:

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Dr and Mrs John and Jo Padfield
Tufton Charitable Trust

Special thanks go to Eastbourne College for their generous provision
of rehearsal space at the Birley Centre for the Glyndebourne Youth
Company and for making the Birley Centre available for tonight’s
performance; in particular, thanks go to Linda Salway, Mike Cousins
and staff at the Birley Centre for all their assistance in making
tonight’s performance possible.

We also thank our Glyndebourne Young Voices partner organisations:

Crew Club
Hailsham Community College
Hove Park School
Peacehaven Community School
St Leonards Academy
William Parker Sports College