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. The Choir’s repertoire spans the centuries from Renaissance polyphony to Music Theatre and Minimalism. A male voice tutor supports the vocal development of the tenors and basses. With its enriched musical training ground many of its singers gain choral scholarships and music places to Britain’s finest universities and music and drama colleges.

Several projects are undertaken each year – mainly concerts, festivals and collaborations with other choirs and orchestras. In a departure from the formal concert-style presentation, last autumn the choir worked with West End music director, Peter White, and drama director, Melanie Pappenheim, in a staged cabaret performance of Music Theatre songs. The choir took part in the London Cultural Olympiad concert at the Camden Round House which also was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in the programme The Choir. They have performed Mozart’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man with the Taplow Youth Choir in St. George’s Chapel as part of the Windsor Festival. They have also participated in choral workshops with Ben Parry, Ralph Allwood, Gillian Dibden and Ken Burton. The Choir tours regularly and has sung in venues across Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.