Youth choir

ccs youth choir

Come and join us for some exciting and inspirational music-making!

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
5.30pm – 7pm

St Edmund’s School Music Department

All aspiring children (and their parents) are welcome.

Join us for the rehearsal and the opportunity to audition if you wish.


For further details please contact Ali Goodall:



• 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

What our members say…

“Singing in the youth choir makes me feel proud. I love having the opportunity to sing in Canterbury Cathedral which many other people never get to do. I feel privileged to work with a great Conductor.”

“I’ve made lots of good friends in Youth Choir. I feel really proud when I’m on stage singing with the orchestra.”

“We are proud of the choir’s achievements and appreciative of all the expert training and time invested on behalf of the young people.”

What our parents say…

“We have always been astonished at the accomplishments of this young choir, which are a result of Richard Cooke’s belief in their potential
and expectation of the highest standards.”

“Not only do you get to sing you also have an amazing experience singing in front of hundreds of people in the Royal Albert Hall, Canterbury Cathedral and lots of other amazing places – come and sing your heart out at CCS Youth Choir.”


CCS Youth Choir is an auditioned group aspiring to high standards of professionalism. It is made up of about 30 boys and girls aged 7 to 16 who come from a wide range of primary and secondary schools from across East Kent. They rehearse with Richard Cooke every Tuesday in 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 is fully integrated with the Canterbury Choral Society, and also performs on its own. The Youth Choir has 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.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the choir please contact Ali Goodall:



Bach: Magnificat                 Saturday 29th April 2017




The 2007 Family Carols concert in Canterbury Cathedral marked the first performance of CCS Youth Choir

The Youth Choir made its London debut on December 18th 2013, appearing with the Royal Choral Society in their spectacular Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.



CCS YOUTH CHOIR would like to thank the following for their generous support:
Pharon Independent Financial Advisers
St Edmunds School, Canterbury
Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral

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