David Roper to chair young singers
The new chair of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain is to be David Roper, succeeding Prof Chris Higgins who is standing down after ten years in the post.
Roper graduated from Cambridge with a music degree but then trained as a chartered accountant, eventually becoming a partner at PwC. He is the deputy chair of the Royal Northern College of Music and of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
He joins at a time of resurgence for the NYCGB which has doubled its membership to 900 in 2021, and has launched its own digital label.
“The opportunities that NYCGB provides for young people to develop and perform together are incredibly valuable, especially as we come out of the pandemic” Roper said. “I know from my own experiences growing up through the state school system that being able to sing in choirs and ensembles can really help develop a wide range of skills which can be invaluable in later life, and I’m particularly keen that children from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in music-making at the highest possible level.”