The YMT Experience - I've made friends for life and connected with people in a way I didn't know was possible
Just ahead of our National Auditions Tour 2017 we talk to recent company members and get their insider views on what it's like to be part of YMT, and the impact the experience of participating in our programmes has had on their lives.
Charlotte Emerson | YMT Performer 2012 - 2016 | "the possibilities of who you can meet and what you will learn are limitless"
I have performed in three different productions with YMT and they have all been hugely educational and great fun. One of the things I love about the company is that no two productions are the same; they are hugely varied in style, theme and rehearsal process. I've made friends for life and connected with people in a way I didn't know was possible, through a two or three week rehearsal period.
My favourite thing about my time at YMT is that you are treated as a professional company would be. Rehearsals are intense and disciplined which means that the standard of work produced is consistently high. I am currently in my first year of drama school and I believe YMT has been the single biggest factor in preparing me for the intensity of the work required in this challenging industry.
In addition to improving me as a performer, YMT has helped me grow as a person. It has changed my outlook on the world for the better giving me a more informed perspective on significant issues that face the world we live in.
Working with industry professionals has been a huge learning curve, and the support and guidance I received from the Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors has improved my knowledge and confidence for life.
I would absolutely recommend the YMT experience to anyone who is interested in performing, it makes you a better person and performer and the possibilities of who you can meet and what you will learn are limitless. It is an invaluable, life changing experience.
Taha Elamin | YMT performer 2015 | “The whole thing was like a roller coaster ride, full of excitement”
I was in the Midnight Flower Press in Plymouth, summer of 2015. What is great about YMT is they take into account all your ideas, so you feel that you are part of the making of the production. The whole thing was like a roller coaster ride, full of excitement and it helped me with my future audition in the West End as Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda the Musical for which I was contracted from Jan to Sept of 2016. I’d definitely recommend YMT to anyone of my age group (12yrs) with an interest in performing arts, as it is a unique experience and you get the opportunity to work with like-minded talented young people.
Step forward onto the stage and kick-start your career in performing arts with YMT. Auditions are booking now, from Sat 21 Jan - Sun 19 Feb 2017, touring 24 cities from Inverness to Plymouth and London to Dublin and Belfast, and everywhere in-between. Take a look at the full list of dates and times here.
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Our friends at the NYO are auditioning!
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comprises of 164 musicians aged 13 - 19 years old, from a variety of backgrounds and from every corner of the UK. We welcome applications from teenage musicians who play to Grade 8 distinction or equivalent standard, have a passion for orchestral music, a taste for adventure and great team spirit.
We are also recruiting talented teenage composers for a year of immersion in orchestral and creative opportunities.
Auditions are FREE, located across the country, with travel bursaries available. The audition experience aims to be positive, friendly and constructive and all auditionees will receive a workshop and written feedback. Bursaries are also available to cover the full cost of membership.
Being part of NYO is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to take their music making to the highest level. They will work with world-class tutors and conductors, play in the UK’s greatest concert halls and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded musicians.
Visit our website - nyo.org.uk/apply-for-nyo-2017– to learn about the audition process, discover what bursaries are available and hear advice from NYO musicians and tutors about preparing for auditions.
Applications close 1 June.
I DID IT!
On Sunday 24 April 2016, I ran the London Marathon with over 30,000 others and I still can't quite believe it. It hurt a lot (my gosh did it hurt), but seeing YMTers, family and friends cheer me on was totally worth it. It took me 5 hours 21 minutes 15 seconds and I ran the entire thing!
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for their kind words, support and donations! It has been an incredible experience, which I thankfully don't ever have to do again - although it was quite surreal running in between and Rhino and a Light House...
Together we've managed to raise over £1,500 so far for the YMT Bursary Scheme, which is absolutely amazing (so thank you!). Donations can still be made here (any contribution is so greatly appreciated).
My wonderful YMT family (Lara, Hannah, Simon, Jon, Sophie, Me, Diana and Anna).
The floor is my friend.
ONLY 2 DAYS TO GO... ARGHHHHHH!
I can't believe there are only two days to go until the big day! It only seems like yesterday that I was squeezing into my running tights (base layers? Whatever they're called...) and hobbling around Clapham Common.
I went to register at the ExCel centre earlier and got my goody bag (yay) and there were hundreds of people all cheery and excited, which was nice to see. I've got one little run tomorrow and then that's it! I'll be joining over 30,000 other fools to run 26.2 miles of London (probably in the rain too...).
A monumental thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we've managed to raise over £1,000 and contributions are still rolling in. Keep 'em comin'! YOU CAN DONATE HERE.
You can also track me on the day (bit stalkerish, but hey) by downloading the App! My number is 52375! We'll also be live tweeting on the day, so make sure you're following us on @ymtuk!
Thanks again to everyone! Anything you can spare really is amazing and goes a long way to helping young people in the arts. DONATE NOW! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiser...