Children from nine Norfolk schools took part in a special singing day in the chapel at Gresham’s School in Holt.
It was led by Ben Parry, the director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) and the sessions involved music activities and workshops designed to enthuse and inspire young children of all musical backgrounds and levels.
It was a huge success which culminated in a performance by the 220 children to parents and friends in the afternoon.
As well as leading the NYCGB, Ben is an international conductor, composer, singer and producer. He regularly records film soundtracks for Hollywood Blockbusters, plans to tour China with the National Youth Choir next year and is a former member of the Swingle Singers.
He said: “North Norfolk has a great tradition of sending quality singers to join the National Youth Choir. Many alumni from these parts have flourished with us over the years and it’s fantastic that we are helping to continue that tradition with this partnership with Gresham’s.
“NYC strives to offer opportunities for all young children, regardless of financial and social backgrounds. Days like today are a really lovely way to show off what we do to a wider audience.”
Music outreach director at Gresham’s, Tom Appleton who co-ordinated the day, said: “It’s a real coup to be able to bring Ben to Holt. He is in high demand with choirs across the world. He has a great manner with young children, and I’m sure they have all gained a huge amount from their time with him!”
Schools taking part were Gresham’s Prep, Beeston Hall, Alderman Peel, Wells-next-the-Sea Primary, Sculthorpe CEVA Primary, Rudham Primary, West Raynham CEVA Primary, Weasenham Church of England Primary and Colkirk CE VA Primary.
As part of the partnership with the school, the NYCGB will hold auditions for new members in November at Gresham’s, the choir will perform in the Auden Theatre in January 2016 as part of the school’s Subscription Concert Series and there are plans to hold a residential course at the school next summer. For more information about the NYCGB visit www.nycgb.org.uk