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National Youth Choirs hit restart button after founder’s sex conviction

While Mike Brewer awaits sentencing in Manchester for indecently assaulting a pupil, the choral organisation that he founded this morning launched its Easter extravaganza. The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has gone on the record saying it was ‘shocked and appalled at the conduct of Michael Brewer’ and ‘deeply saddened at the related death of Frances Andrade.’

Today’s invitation reverts to business as usual:


Dear …


Sunday 14 April at 6pm | Royal Albert Hall


I am delighted to invite you and a guest to our forthcoming concert to hear Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and a new work by Mark Simpson, Exile. This special commission, written to mark the organisation’s 30th anniversary, draws its inspiration from the madrigals of Monteverdi.

The combined National
 Youth Choirs of Great Britain will be joined by tenors Mark Dobell, Benjamin Hulett and Matthew Long, accompanied by acclaimed period instrument ensemble La Serenissima and conducted by Director Ben Parry.

Our conductor and Director, Ben Parry, composer Mark Simpson, leader of the instrumental ensemble Adrian Chandler, tenor soloists and members of the choirs are available for further interview or feature about their involvement in this concert, which is possibly the largest performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers in UK history. Please let me know if you would like to follow this up.

The performance begins at 6pm, with a pre-concert tea reception from 5pm, interval refreshments and a post-concert reception in the General Scott Room.


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