The singers of Fingal Youth Choir (FYC) volunteered a precious Saturday to come together and make a plan for the year.
Rehearsals for this prize-winning youth choir began in mid-September, but the singers took time out of their weekend to come together for a focused full-day rehearsal ahead of some public performances early in this term.
On Saturday 5 October, Fingal Youth Choir met at 9am for rehearsal and finished at 5pm. On the day, they worked with FYC conductor Eoin Conway and FAM Vocal Studies tutor Andrea Delaney. Andrea worked with the singers in small groups to develop their individual and collective technique. As usual, Eoin put them through their paces with lots of new repertoire ahead of two concerts this month.
The group went to work memorising three of their new pieces throughout the day. As a team-building exercise, the singers also committed to writing some of their ambitious goals for this year. As one of Ireland's leading youth choir programmes, FYC is an ambitious group of young people, which their hopes and dreams for the year reflected accurately.
In April 2018, FYC toured to Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow and sang with Tinderbox Youth Orchestra and gave a live improvised performance with inspirational community musician Darla Eno. In April 2019, FYC toured to Berlin and worked closely with Junges Consortium Berlin, one of the city's finest youth choirs. They also performed in one of Berlin's oldest churches - Marienkirche, Alexanderplatz - to a supportive international audience. Last year, they also took a prize home from Navan Choral Festival (making them the third choir from Fingal Choral programme to win a prize in 2018-19).
This year, FYC will perform at Fingal International Festival of Voices in March 2020, amongst other engagements. This group of young musicians are focused, determined and we cannot wait to hear the sound they produce later this term!