Come and join us for some exciting and inspirational music-making!
NEXT OPEN REHEARSAL
TUESDAY 6TH JANUARY 2015 AT 7.30pm
St Edmunds School Music Department
All aspiring children (and their parents) are welcome
For further details please contact Ali Goodall:
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
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 MEMBERS
CCS Youth Choir 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. The 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 Canterbury Choral Society, and also performs on its own. 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.
FIRST PERFORMANCE AND LONDON DEBUT
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.