Sharing news of The Aldeburgh Carol
The Aldeburgh Carol was composed by Ben Parry, Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), to a poem by Garth Bardsley. NYCGB returned to live music-making at the end of October 2020 after months of lockdown and adapting to online platforms. In partnership with Britten-Pears Arts, NYCGB’s Fellowship and Chamber Choir came together at Snape Maltings in Suffolk to record, film and perform the piece, in preparation for its ‘Live from London Christmas’ concert debut with The Tallis Scholars on 12 December and subsequent release on NYCGB’s digital label on 18 December. We hope it brings you some festive joy this Christmas, as we head towards brighter times in 2021.
Quote from Ben Parry
“Gathering at Snape Maltings in October with a small cohort of the National Youth Chamber Choir to record The Aldeburgh Carol was an equally uplifting and moving experience. To sing at Snape on any occasion is a privilege, but much more so in these challenging times. The piece - both words and music - were specially written to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten, and it was a wonderful opportunity to offer this for the Live from London Christmas series, particularly as the last concert the Chamber Choir performed was with The Tallis Scholars back in February just before lockdown. Both Garth and I believe the idea of nurturing the young - to feed their minds and raise them with love, as the poem describes - is a sentiment to which we should all aspire.” @nycgb