Photo: Ruth Evans


National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is excited to introduce twelve exciting new artists who following the completion of a year-long professional development scheme with the organisation are now looking to develop their careers as composers, singers and choral leaders. The Fellowship programme, running since 2015 and Young Composers Scheme founded in 2019, offer young professional choral leaders and composers an outstanding and unparalleled year of professional development and mentoring.

2020 Young Composers: Joe Bates, Amy Bryce, Nathan James Dearden and Lisa Robertson

2020 Fellows: James Botcher, Ellie Bray, Freddie Crowley, Loren Kell, Laurence Padfield, Ella Rainbird-Earley, Milette Riis and David Woods.

New Music

NYCGB Fellowship 2020 recorded tracks released throughout the year. Some of which (The Aldeburgh Carol and new pieces by the Young Composers), were recorded in person during a brief relaxation of the lockdown restrictions at Snape Maltings in late October, kindly supported by Britten Pears Arts. 

  • A digital album of new compositions by NYCGB Young Composers of 2020 released in January by NMC Recordings, featuring tracks: Amy Bryce A Strange Time and Place, Nathan James Dearden Morals + Interludes, Joe Bates Now is a Long Time and Lisa Robertson to tell it like it is.



  • Ben Parry & Garth Bardsley’s The Aldeburgh Carol, along with members of the National Youth Chamber Choir. Specially recorded for VOCES8 Foundation’s Live From London Christmas Festival, featured in the ‘Young Performers’ Spotlight’ alongside the Tallis Scholars.



  • Thea Musgrave’s By the River, released to coincide with what would have been the premiere performance at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland. Made possible with thanks to Golsoncott Foundation & John S Cohen Foundation.



  • Sir Karl Jenkins' Locus Iste produced in collaboration with the Stay at Home Choir’s performance of The Armed Man, receiving its premiere at The Sixteen's online Sounds Sublime festival.


  • Mia Makaroff’s Kaikki Maat, Te Riemuitkaatte (Psalm 100) including solo by Eleanor Bray (NYCGB Fellowship).


2020 Highlights

  • Online workshops with partners including Dorico, Stainer & Bell, Stay at Home Choir and AOTOS and guests / mentors including Jacob Collier, Dame Sarah Connolly, Errollyn Wallen, John Rutter, Roxanna Panufnik and The Swingles.

  • Young Composers creative retreats at The Red House, Aldeburgh, former home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, creating new music / accessing Britten Pears archives, thanks to Britten Pears Arts.

  • NYCGB new partnership with Choir & Organ as ‘2021 New Music Series Partner’. The composers have been commissioned to write new works for choir or organ, which will continue through 2021.

  • NYCGB Young Composers exciting new partnerships with Steinberg Media Technologies and Stainer & Bell.

 2020 Fellow Milette Riis said:

I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and everything I have learnt from it - it’s an absolutely wonderful scheme, and I heartily recommend it for anyone looking at a career in singing, conducting, and general leadership!

2020 Young Composer Joe Bates commented:

Being part of the choirs at this time of crisis has been a real important source of expertise and support that has enormously affected my music-making.

 Ben Parry, NYCGB Artistic Director & Principal Conductor said:

We are so impressed by the skill, creativity and achievements of our 2020 Fellows and Composers during what has been a trying year. At NYCGB we believe it is vital to develop emerging talent from a diverse range of backgrounds especially during these challenging times, to ensure that we continue to enrich our sector now and for the future.

2020 NYCGB Young Composer Scheme Funders & Supporters:

Programme Innovation Grant Sponsors:

Steinberg Media Technologies (Technology Partner) and Stainer & Bell (Publishing Partner)


Programme Digital Partner:NMC Recordings

The Garrick Charitable Trust, RVW Trust, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust and PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Organisations.

The NYCGB Fellowship 2020 was supported by:

Principal Programme Supporter ABRSM with additional generous support from the Ofenheim Trust and Idlewild Trust, and by programme partners Making Music and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing).


 Keep in Touch with NYCGB’s 2020 Young Composers and Fellows


James Botcher | [email protected]

Freddie Crowley | [email protected] |

Laurence Padfield | [email protected]

Milette Riis | [email protected] |

Ellie Bray | [email protected] |

Loren Kell | [email protected]

Ella Rainbird-Earley | [email protected]

David Woods | [email protected] |


Joe Bates | [email protected]

Amy Bryce | [email protected]

Nathan James Dearden | [email protected] |

Lisa Robertson | [email protected] |