The CBSO Children’s Chorus was formed in 1994 with the aim of providing the CBSO with a chorus for the many pieces of symphonic music that require children’s voices.
Open to girls and boys in Years 4 to 8, the Children’s Chorus provides its members with the opportunity to undertake exciting and challenging repertoire while furthering their musical education.
Since its inception, the Children’s Chorus has performed alongside the CBSO and a host of visiting international artists. Highlights in recent years have included a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Sir Simon Rattle, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Andris Nelsons, Dove’s There Was a Child with CBSO chorus director Simon Halsey, and Harvey Weltethos – one of the opening concerts of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad – with CBSO principal guest conductor Edward Gardner.
In 2014, the Children’s Chorus performed alongside the BBC Proms Youth Choir in Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as appearing in a week of promenade performances of Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina with Birmingham Opera Company.
The Children’s Chorus has also taken part in numerous competitions and featured on Boosey & Hawkes’ recording for the acclaimed Singing Sherlock series of singing books for primary schools.
Open rehearsals for prospective applicants are also held at various times throughout the year.