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Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble launched

Posted in: Lancashire Music Education Hub, Press release, Young people by Darren Leadsom on 20 January 2014
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A new youth choir bringing together young singers aged 12-18 from across Lancashire, which will cover diverse genres, including the classics, hip-hop, RnB and Asian melodies, starts this month.

The Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE) will be launched on 20 Jan with taster sessions in Lancaster, Burnley and Preston. It's an exciting opportunity for singers from across the county to make a creative fusion of sound. Directed by More Music's Artistic Director Pete Moser and with a team of experienced singing leaders, the ensemble will mix music suggested by the young people into many different styles.  LYVE is funded by Youth Music and delivered in partnership with Lancashire Music Service under the banner of Lancashire Music Hub.

Pete explains:  

"As an artist I am duty bound to take risks, to experiment and investigate new ways of working. As a musician I am always searching for new sounds and am excited by bringing people together to play. As a producer I am challenged by partnerships development and creating complex patterns of activity. As a person I love watching people change, explore, laugh and interact. The project that we launch this Spring is engaging all of my skills and interests." 

LYVE will be an inclusive choir incorporating a variety of styles, approaches and voices and developing a new sound. The ensemble will be led by a team of singing leaders who represent a wide variety of interests including Emma Williams (pop/soul), Joe Martin (musical theatre), Ailsa Nicholson (Natural Voice Network), Dr Madhu Tanjorkar (classical and popular Indian vocals), Ashley Murphy (beatboxing and words) and Steve Lewis (complex Special Educational Needs vocal work and improvisation). There will also be opportunities for young people to gain Arts Award qualifications

Pete adds: 

"As for the music, we have experimented with our singers and also a group of eight young Singing Ambassadors and the sound is beautiful. We have a repertoire to start with that touches many bases and it will develop and get better. Over the next six weeks, 18 sessions across the county will give young people a first chance to engage with the project and then listen out for LYVE!"

The introductory sessions start the week commencing 20 Jan and run for six weeks.

  • Lancaster: Storey Institute LA1 1HT  - Mondays 6.30pm-8.30pm with Emma Williams
  • Burnley: Burnley Youth Theatre, BB10 3LB - Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm with Ailsa Nicholson
  • Preston: St John's Minister PR1 3BU - Thursdays 5.45pm-7.15pm with Joe Martin 

There is an optional donation of £2 per session and money available to cover travel if needed.  There's no need to book, just turn up.

For more information, visit the website at www.moremusic.org.uk/lyve, email lancashiresings@moremusic.org.uk or call 01524 831 997.