Two former Merton College Choral Scholars, Alex Ho and Elizabeth Leather, have been selected for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (NYCGB) development schemes. The schemes offer a fully funded, year-long programme of professional development opportunities to emerging professionals from a range of backgrounds and genres.
Alex has been selected for the Young Composers Scheme, which supports the development and diversity of new choral music. Selected composers attend a range of residential courses, creative retreats, workshops, and performance showcases, and receive peer and professional mentoring along with advice and tuition from distinguished composers. It also provides the opportunity to write music to be sung and performed by NYCGB’s five choirs.
Elizabeth has been accepted onto the Fellowship programme for emerging choral leaders which provides opportunities to train and work with NYCGB staff and members across the range of its choirs and NYCGB’s Learning & Engagement programme. Participants also have access to a unique mentoring programme run in partnership with the Association of Teachers of Singing. 2021 Fellows will perform as the standalone NYCGB Fellowship Ensemble and form the core of the National Youth Chamber Choir.
Congratulations Alex and Elizabeth!