Meet The Choirs
In 2016 we will be working with six partner youth choirs from across the UK, pairing each choir with a dedicated mentor who will visit them regularly to provide vocal training, assistance and support in other areas as required.
Bradford Catholic Youth ChoirDirector, Thomas Leech
Bradford Catholic Youth Choir (BCYC) is part of the Diocese of Leeds’ Schools Singing Programme, with its members coming principally from schools taking part in this. The choir is made up of four groups – two mixed Junior Choirs (Y3-6, Bradford and Keighley), Senior Boys’ Choir (Y4-13) and Senior Girls’ Choir (Y6-13).
CantateDirector, Nicholas Shaw
Cantate is widely recognised as one of the outstanding open-access choirs in the UK and accepts all students without audition and regardless of their previous experience or ability. For 21 years it has promoted musical excellence from its base in Bishops Stortford to students aged 8-18 and within a three choir structure challenges its members to perform in a huge range of musical styles to the very highest standards.
DRET Youth ChoirDirector, Simon Toyne
The DRET Youth Choir draws its membership from ten secondary academies in the David Ross Education Trust across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, working in schools where there have historically been little to no opportunities to sing classical repertoire.
Hertfordshire County Youth ChoirDirector, Victoria Longdon
The Hertfordshire County Youth Choir is open to senior secondary-aged pupils by audition from throughout the county and meets weekly during the autumn and spring terms. The Choir provides tuition in voice production, Alexander Technique and aural training, as well as numerous opportunities for solo singing and conducting.
Inner VoicesDirectors, Ralph Allwood and Ed Watkins
Inner Voices was set up in 2011 as a collaboration between Ralph Allwood, ex-Director of Music at Eton College, and Ed Watkins, Director of Music at the West London Free School. The aim of the choir is to bring together great singers from a group of state schools in London with the best choral direction from the private sector to create a choir that tackles challenging music to a first class standard.
London Youth ChoirDirector, Rachel Staunton
The London Youth Choir provides young singers living or educated within Greater London with a world-class choral education. Their vision is to create a flagship ensemble to represent the city of London on a world stage.
Taplow Youth ChoirDirector, Gillian Dibden
Taplow Choirs was set up in September 2004 by Gillian Dibden and Philip Viveash to establish a centre for local singers and bring together children and adults interested in building their singing skills.