Leading youth choirs from four continents will descend upon the Royal Albert Hall in London for a unique concert this April. Entitled A Celebration of World Voices, the occasion aims to bring together some of the premier young ensembles from across the globe for musical exchange.
Among the performers are the Soweto-based Mzansi Youth Choir (pictured) who famously performed at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Johannesburg. Sourcing performers from underprivileged areas, it has consistently offered life-changing opportunities for artistic development and its involvement in this project acts as another exciting venture for the highly-talented ensemble, consisting of 45 choristers. The event is part of a wider festival that features a dedicated outreach programme in primary schools across the UK.
Deputy artistic director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Greg Beardsell, is hopeful that the occasion and its educational programmes can act as a catalyst for further occasions. “We want to play a role in welcoming other cultures to the UK and building bridges to the worldwide choral community. The Royal Albert Hall was the obvious partner, and I’m thrilled that the venue shares our vision for what this festival can achieve.”
A Celebration of World Voices takes place on April 15 at the Royal Albert Hall