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. Following a workshop with Gabrieli Roar in Ely Cathedral in July 2016 where the Choir was able to sing plainchant in the Cathedral, the enthusiasm for this type of repertoire has grown to the extent where the students feel that it is the ‘norm’ and are keen to try even more challenging repertoire.