Emerging Professional Artist programmes

The National Youth Choir exists to provide exciting and inclusive creative opportunities for all young people. 

As part of this remit, our Emerging Professional Artists programme, supports young singers, composers and conductors as they emerge into the professional world. It aims to address inequalities in the music industry by creating professional development pathways for those who are under-represented in choral music. Participants in our Emerging Professional Artists programmes work closely with the National Youth Choir (18-25 years) and our other choirs.

The four 2024 fellows, two women and two men

Top row left to right: Imogen Moore, Daniel Rodriguez-Tijaro. Bottom row left to right: Adam Hilton, Olivia Earl.

Imogen Moore

Imogen is a soprano born in Somerset and living in West Sussex. She gained a first-class degree in Music Performance at the University of Chichester Conservatoire, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music. She loved her time as a choral scholar at Arundel Cathedral. Now working in multiple schools, Imogen enjoys teaching students to sing, as well as leading choirs. As an ex-National Youth Choir member, Imogen is thrilled to be joining the organisation again.

I am so excited for the year ahead! I couldn’t believe it when I found out and it still hasn’t sunk in. I can’t wait to be a part of National Youth Choir again!

Olivia Earl

Olivia started out as a Chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, and went on to study Music with a Choral Scholarship at Royal Holloway, University of London. She graduated with first class honours and the prize for excellence in performance, and is now completing an MPhil at the University of Oxford, researching group singing and wellbeing. Alongside her studies, Olivia sings with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Schola Cantorum of Oxford. Additionally, she works with Sing Inside, The VOCES8 Foundation, and is an Accredited Member of Vocal Health Education. She is also an alumna of Genesis Sixteen and a former Choral Scholar of St Bartholomew the Great.

It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the National Youth Choirs in this role, and I can’t wait to get started!

Adam Hilton

Adam Hilton is a Conductor and Baritone based in London. Born in Wrocław, Poland, Adam found his love of music after moving to England and becoming a chorister at Lancaster Priory. He graduated from the University of York in 2022, having started a new chamber choir in his final year. Adam frequently sings across London in concerts and recording sessions and is currently the Conducting Fellow for Hertford Choral Society. 

For years I've been amazed by what National Youth Choir achieve. I can't believe that I'm now going to be part of it!

Daniel Rodriguez-Tijaro

Colombian Conductor based in the UK. Bachelor of Music and Choral Conducting from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Order of Academic Merit). M.A. in Choral Conducting (with Distinction) mentored by Simon Halsey CBE and Julian Wilkins at the University of Birmingham. Conducting Scholar at Crouch End Mentoring Scheme studying with David Temple CBE. Currently, Daniel is Choral Director at the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme and Musical Director of the Knaresborough Choral Society.

I am truly excited to be part of this fantastic Fellowship. It looks like a year full of learning and unique musical experiences. I can’t wait to start and share all that knowledge with my youth choirs in Yorkshire, to contribute to their musical development and find new opportunities for them

Supporters of the 2024 Fellowship

The 2024 Fellowship is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. We are most grateful to the following for their kind grant support, partnership and advocacy: Steinberg Media Technologies, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Ofenheim Trust, Making Music and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing). 

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