A UNIQUE AND INSPIRING OPPORTUNITY TO SING AT A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL
• Sound vocal training from the age of 7 to 16
• Developing the ability to sight-read
• Singing major repertoire with professional soloists and orchestras
• Singing with one of the country’s leading choral conductors
• The potential for advancement into the adult choir
13th December 2013 Family Carols (Canterbury Cathedral)
18th December 2013 Royal Choral Society Christmas Concert (Royal Albert Hall, London)
22nd March 2014 J.S. Bach St. John Passion (Canterbury Cathedral)
The 2007 Family Carols concert in Canterbury Cathedral marked the first performance of CCS Youth Choir.
Formed that year under Richard Cooke’s leadership, the youth choir of about forty boys and girls aged 7 to 16 started rehearsing in September 2007.
The Youth Choir will make its London debut on December 18th 2013, appearing with the Royal Choral Society in their spectacular Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Members of the youth choir come from a wide range of schools, both secondary and primary, from across East Kent. The children meet every Tuesday in central Canterbury for an hour-and-a-half and start every rehearsal with exercises which train them in vocal technique. Richard introduced them very early on to a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music from the 12th to 21st centuries, including folk songs, rounds, part-songs based on poetry and jazz.
The Youth Choir has been very busy. The children have joined Canterbury Choral Society in several concerts over the last five years, including Britten St. Nicolas, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Rachmaninov The Bells, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky and Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass. They have featured in Sounds New concerts in Canterbury, singing Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Insect World, folk songs arranged by Benjamin Britten, and a newly-commissioned work by well-known local composer Stephen Matthews, called “Good Health!” (“Na Zdrowie!”), based on a 16th century Polish poem.
CCS Youth Choir is an auditioned group aspiring to high standards of professionalism, and its reputation continues to grow throughout the region.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the choir please contact Alison Goodall: