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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…
“The Youth Choir has been everything I hoped it would be, and more.”
“Richard works us really hard… but it is worth it because he gets the best out of us and makes us proud of our achievements.”
“I’ve made lots of good friends in Youth Choir. I feel really proud when I’m on stage singing with the orchestra.”
“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.”
What our parents say…
“My daughter has an opportunity to learn extensive repertoire and perform to an extremely high standard with the adult choir. It is a joy to watch their performances. I am delighted to see her focus and concentration improve as a consequence of the choral discipline demanded during rehearsals.”
“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.”
Youth choir members
CCS Youth Choir is an auditioned group aspiring to high standards of professionalism. It is made up of about 30 children aged 7 to 16 who come from a wide range of 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.
The Youth Choir is fully integrated with Canterbury Choral Society, singing in most of its concerts each season. Our young singers have the privilege of performing with top professional soloists and orchestras including The London Handel Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Concert highlights in the glorious setting of Canterbury Cathedral have included Britten St. Nicolas, Bach St. Matthew Passion, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Rachmaninov The Bells, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky and Mozart Requiem.
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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.
Open Rehearsals and auditions are held the week after each concert. The auditions are very straightforward and consist of voice and simple aural tests. There is no need to prepare anything.
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Richard Cooke is Music Director of Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir. Read Richard Cooke’s biography