NYCGB Fellowship – Teaching Mentors Partnership

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NYCGB Fellowship 19-20 Press Image. Photo Ben Tomlin

About the Mentoring Programme

Natioal Youth Choirs Great Britain

In 2021 we are expanding our partnership with NYCGB, set up originally in 2018 by Nicola-Jane Kemp. This programme was brought into being to enable the young singers of the Fellowship programme at NYCGB to make contact with members of our organisation and enter into an informal mentoring relationship with generous singing teachers who were willing and able to give their time to support younger singers as they considered beginning their journey into singing teaching. In 2021 as the NYCGB Fellowship programme evolves and changes, so does our partnership, and we hope to grow the relationship between NYCGB and AOTOS, adding to the mentoring scheme and bringing not only the four new Fellowship singers into our partnership programme, but also the four composers who make up the Young Composers' Scheme. Watch this space for more information about the current Fellows and YCS members, and how they (and we!) will be able to benefit from this partnership and their contact with what is an amazing network of singing teachers and voice professionals. These young people are future leaders in the choral world, and will benefit enormously from the collective wisdom of our membership!

Ben Parry, the Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain has this to say about the mentoring programme:
The partnership between AOTOS and the NYCGB Fellowship Programme has been inspirational to our young singers, who are on the cusp of professional singing careers in all its shape and forms. An essential part of this for some of them has been information, training and mentoring in singing teaching, and I am delighted that AOTOS has taken such an enthusiastic and proactive approach in engaging with the Fellowship.'

I am hugely excited to be in a position to work with these young professionals, and to see how we can help each other by sharing expertise and valuable experience. We can all learn from each other here and both sides have a huge amount to offer in what we hope will be an enriching programme

Nicki Kennedy
AOTOS Partnership Co-ordinator

N-JK _ Fellowships 2018-20 copy

Feedback from previous fellows

Feedback from 2018 Fellows

George Cook: 'I have really enjoyed the partnership with AOTOS this year. I learnt a lot from the public workshop in Derby. It was fascinating to learn about the similar or different approaches one must take, as a singing teacher, when teaching musical theatre.'

Sam Gilliatt: 'I learnt a lot from watching other participants' sessions, both from a performer's and teacher's perspective.'

Gabriella Noble: 'It was great to know I had people to talk to about teaching and a website and resource to explore, not to mention an accreditation through membership which was helpful with my new pupils.