Nidus Childrens Choir (Community Choir)
How it started........
Nidus Children’s Choir was formed initially in September 2006 after a group of eight very talented children aged 7 - 10 years entered the Abergavenny Eisteddfod with Panis Angelicus, sung in Latin. With only 3 short rehearsals they managed to win a Gold Medal. The response from judges and the audience was very positive so in November 06, Nidus Theatre Arts decided to form an official choir with the 8 children touring hospital wards and sheltered accommodation performing small Christmas concerts. In January 2007 the group expanded to 14 and by the May of the same year the choir had 16 members and 8 trainees who reached the final in the Urdd National Eisteddfod where they sang in Welsh.
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Nidus Children's Choir -November 2007 Some of the Children entertaining at Tredegar House Dec 07
A month later another gold medal was won again at the Abergavenny Eisteddfod performing Gabriel Faure’s ‘In Paradisum'. The choir did not enter in 2008 as they were preparing for the World Choir Games (AKA The Choir Olympics) held in Austria where they gave a fantastic performance and were awarded a Silver VII Diploma after competing against over 65 leading children's choirs from over 90 countries from all over the world. The choir were also featured on S4cs Wedi 3 programme performing Panis Anglicus. More Christmas concerts & fundraising events were organised and in January 2009, the choir welcomed many new members and were thrilled to be selected to compete at Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In June 2009 the choir of 26 children performed Rutter's 'Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day' and were awarded a Gold Medal once again at Abergavenny. Full details & youtube links are below.
The World Choir Games, Graz, Austria 2008
The Nidus Children’s Choir qualified to compete in the World Choir Games in July (formally known as the Choir Olympics) where they were the only choir representing Wales, UK. Our 28 strong team aged between 8 & 16 years travelled by coach with 30 parents/supporters to Austria. Their Games repertoire included pieces in Welsh, English & Russian and their performances in the competition and the friendship concert was outstanding and very well received as were their impromptu concerts in the hotel 'lobby' and 'Stadhalle' foyer. The week long trip was a wonderful experience for everyone and every part of it, from the Parade through the centre of Graz (which was lined with people cheering the choirs & took us to the huge opening ceremony), to the awards ceremony on our final morning was fantastic. We even found time for a day at a local water park which was great fun.......the wall to wall sunshine and high temperatures just added to an unforgettable week. To be awarded a SILVER DIPLOMA at our first event against over 60 children's choirs from all over the world was a fantastic result. Despite a valiant attempt at fundraising to get to China for the next games in 2010, we have realised that the cost would be too great but we are hopeful for USA in 2012.
Llangollen 2010, Music For Youth 2010
The Choir were placed 3rd at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2010. The staff & children were thrilled with this result especially with just a few points separating first and third place. The organisers said the standard was very high with some of the leading choirs in Wales, the UK & overseas all competing in the category.
After receiving excellent feedback from the mentors at the Music For Youth Regional Festival in March, the choir were invited to perform at Symphony Hall Birmingham at the National Festival. En route to Llangollen, the coach called at the venue and gave a great performance. This was our first encounter with Music For Youth, the children received excellent feedback once more and everyone enjoyed the experience.
Nidus Theatre Arts run the choir on a voluntary basis inviting students & non students to audition but as music, rent & travel is very costly in Nov/Dec '07 a committee of parents was formed to support the choir with fundraising and to help with supervision/chaperoning & organising when needed. As we are a completely self funded, voluntary community group and due to the global recession we realise that raising large amounts of money is going to take time. We had already begun fundraising for the 2010 World Choir Games in China so this money was tranferred towards the next World Choir Games in USA 2012. Unfortunately, in Dec 2011, despite an gruelling fundraising campaign we came to the start realisation that we could not raise enough money to enable enough children to afford to take part however the 'fundraising pot' is safeguarded for the WCG 2014 and this year (2012) everyone can go to compete at Llangollen.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the two 3 day residential choral weekends at Llangrannog in Oct 09 & '10 and have worked with Ralph Allwood, Adrian Partington, Islwyn Evan & David Victor-Smith in 2010 through funding received after our successful bid to the BBCs Performing Arts Fund 'Choral Ambition'. After being approached to record with Bryn Terfel on his Christmas CD which was recorded in July '10, the choir were also invited to perform on Bryn's TV Christmas Show 'Nadolig Bryn Terfel' where they appeared with him for I Orwedd Mewn Preseb and also sung a piece on their own, the show was screened on Christmas Eve & Boxing Day. If anyone thinks they can help us raise money or know of sponsorship opportunities, again, please do not hestitate to contact email@example.com
Please also take a look at our new 'choir only' webiste www.niduschildrenschoir.co.uk .
The choir recorded a Christmas CD which is available to buy. Two tracks will also have an accompanying video to promote the CD. Please take a look on youtube, all profit from sales goes towards the choir's travel costs for them to compete at the World Choir Games where they will represent Wales, UK.
Oct 2011 took the children's choir & adult singing group to Paris with performances at Eglise de la Madeleine, the outdoor bandstand at the Eifel Tower and on stage at Disneyland Paris. 101 people took went on the trip and it was thoroughly enjoyed by every person a particular highlight was the Eglise de la Madeleine where the children sang with the adult choir to a massive audience of approximately 400 people. In November the choir took part in John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Priory Singers and the choir had a very sucessful Christmas Extravaganza concert. The choir also sang at hospital wards and sang at events organised by others (Eurochild, Tenovus, Help 4 Heroes, Barnardos, Save the Children).
After the Junior Choir's 3rd place at Llangrannog the two choir's headed for a residential workshop at Llangrannog to prepare Christmas repertoire and begin work on Llangollen 2013 pieces where they will enter the senior choir, folk choir and show choir categories. The choir also recorded with Greek composer Vangelis at London's Metropolis Studios and had a very busy and successful Christmas period.
Once again the choir were in the recording studio to record with welsh harpist Catrin Finch to perform on a track (Brahms Lullaby sung in German) with Bryn Terfel for the CD Lullabies which was released for the birth of the royal baby. The choir were also selected and requested to perform 'The Happy Wanderer' in German at the welcome concert at 2013 Llangollen International Eisteddfod as a 'gift' to two of the original members of the Obernkirchen Children's Choir to mark their choir's 60th anniversary of winning at Llangollen which was a life changing event for them. The Nidus Choir entered the folk choir and senior children's choir and gave wonderful performances despite being in these competitions for the first time as they had moved up from the junior category. The new Nidus Show Choir 'Ysbrydoliaeth' however took the title 'Llangollen Show Choir of the World' with their medley of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.
The Nidus Choir is off to the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia to perform for Wales, UK in July 2014. They will be performing in the Champion's competition. The children, volunteer staff and committee of parents and grandparents have been fundraising since 2008 to make this possible and there is still a lot of money to raise. Donors and sponsors are always welcome! Two days before flying to Riga the children will be performing as part of the chorus at Llangollen International Eisteddfod's Opening Gala Concert of the full concert version of 'Sweeney Todd' with Bryn Terfel taking the title role and Wynne Evans playing the Signor Pirelli. Other welsh greats will be taking other main roles and will be announced between April and July 2014. There is another residential workshop planned for the October half term to hopefully prepare for Christmas and Spring 2015 repertoire.
Entry is open to anyone who is committed, enthusiastic and passes in entrance audition and applications are not restricted to students from Nidus Theatre Arts. Evelyn Nicholson, (who trains the choir) a tutor at Nidus Theatre Arts (see CV) and Christian Jenkins our conductor who give their time freely. Nidus Theatre Arts sponsors/runs the choir by their staff giving time to train & run the choir and donating normal rehearsal space free of charge and would like welcome any child who wishes to apply. There are many performance opportunities, the children receive excellent choral training.
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Please email for further details.
The choir is now expanding to develop a junior & senior/youth choir. We have vacancies for approx 10 new members aged 8 - 11 years and 10 aged 12 - 17 years (for the youth choir we're especially looking for BOYS with or without broken voices).
Rehearsals are in Cwmbran on Saturdays @ 12.00 till 1.30pm during term times only. Unless we are having fundraising events or have an iminent major concert or competition, there are no extra rehearsals however potential members must be committed, enthusiastic, open minded about singing everything from pop ballads to classical and be able to 'sing in tune'.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A NIDUS STUDENT TO BE PART OF THE CHOIR. IT'S A COMMUNITY CHOIR AND RUN ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS. £12 PER TERM is payable by each member TOWARDS MUSIC & GENERAL RUNNING COSTS.
Our adult choir for family & friends of our children's choir rehearses on Saturdays 5.00 - 6.00pm at St David's RC Primary, Cwmbran (during term time only). We currently have about 15 ladies and gentlemen and new members from 14 years+ are always welcome, it doesn't matter if you do not have an association with any of the choirs.
SING CHOIR WALES is for any adult or young person aged 14+ who loves singing and is held Thursday evenings 7pm till 8.30pm at St John's Ambulance Hall, Greenway Drive (off Cwrdy Road), Griffithstown. It's £3.00 per session and that includes your tea/coffee & a biscuit!
Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap. You can also see Nidus Theatre Arts Facebook Page!