Norfolk Music Hub are thrilled to welcome back Mark De-Lisser to work with young people aged 13-19 in full time education in Norfolk who show an aptitude for singing.

Find out more about Mark De-Lisser here.

We are giving young people from across Norfolk (who are keen singers), the opportunity to form our showcase vocal group entitled Echoes of the East.

We have extremely limited availability for 10 secondary/further education settings to apply for 15 spaces per setting (one minibus per setting), to join our newly formed county wide showcase vocal group.

Young people will work with Mark on two occasions to produce four songs, especially arranged by Mark. Music leads will be supported with full resources to work on these tracks in their own educational settings and the newly formed choir will culminate in a Music for Youth regional performance in early March (date TBC).

If successful in the first round of Music for Youth auditions, we hope to take the young people from across Norfolk to Birmingham Symphony Hall in July, with the ultimate goal being the opportunity to perfume at the Music for Youth final at Roya Albert Hall in November 2024.

We are also looking for a young person residing in Norfolk, up to the age of 21 who would like to be mentored by Mark to conduct the newly formed vocal group in their March performance.


When are the dates of the rehearsals?

  • Wednesday 8th November from 1pm-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7th February from 1pm -4pm


  • Inspiration Teaching School Hub,
    Hall Road
    NR1 2RN

Do my singers need to read music?

  • No, but we expect that every student participating in this project has prior experience of singing either solo or in a group and wants to progress their vocal knowledge. We are looking to create a ‘show group’ there fore we will require performers to be animated and portray the music they are singing visually through performance.

Will I need to practice with my students?

  • Yes, prior to the first rehearsal we ask that you look at two of the songs, which will be available from mid-October, Mark will introduce the remaining two songs at the first rehearsal. Full resources will be available to support you. All students will be expected to sing the four songs by the second rehearsal without lyrics.

Do I have to attend all rehearsals and the performance in March?

  • Yes! Please do not register for this opportunity unless you can commit to the two-afternoon rehearsal in school time and the final performance in the MFY regional heat, which will be on either a Saturday or Sunday in early March . The date and time will be shared with you once published.

What do I do if I have a young conductor who would like to apply to be mentored by Mark-De Lisser and conduct the performance?

  • We ask that all expressions of interests for this role are submitted via the Music lead in the educational setting. Please provide the following information:
    • First name and initial of last name
    • Educational setting
    • Music lead contact email address
    • Details on any previous musical experience the young person has
    • Why they would benefit from this opportunity
    • Who their conducting idol is
  • The expressions of interest application should be written by the student in their own words (no less than 100 words and no more than 500).
  • Please submit all expressions of interest to by September 30th.

Will the vocal group be supported with tracks or a live band?

  • The vocal group will be supported by a live, small, band made up of young people from across Norfolk. One of the songs will also be accompanied by a young beatboxer from the region.

What are the expected outcomes and legacy of this project?

  • To bring like minded people together who would not normally get the opportunity to sing together.
  • To work with a nationally renowned choral director who will be able to nurture the vocal group and provide professional support to Music Leads supporting the vocalists.
  • To enable the young people to sing in a world-renowned venue.
  • Provide a possible opportunity of progression to the next round of Music for Youth in Birmingham Festival Hall with the final performance at the Royal Albert Hall
  • This is a pilot project for year one, if successful we would see this continues as a secondary legacy project and look to recruit larger numbers, with returning students from year 1 and new students working together.
  • Educational settings would then have access to the resources to utilise in their own settings and replicate the pieces learnt.


Please register here