Youth Chorus

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The CBSO Youth Chorus is an auditioned choir for girls in school Years 9 to 13, led by Chorus Conductor Julian Wilkins, which rehearses weekly during term time on Monday evenings from 7pm–9pm at CBSO Centre.

It was formed in 1994 with the aim of providing the CBSO with a chorus for the many pieces of symphonic music that require young people’s voices. It is now established as one of the country's leading youth choruses, performing independently as well as with the CBSO and many other prestigious orchestras and choirs.

Having consolidated its renown at choir festivals and competitions across the country, the CBSO Youth Chorus has appeared alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda, and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. The CBSO Youth Chorus also forms a central part of the multi-year BBC Proms Youth Choir project, where recent engagements include performances of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and Tippett’s A Child of our Time at the BBC Proms.

Among a wealth of other prestigious engagements in the past few years are a tour to Gothenburg to sing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anders Eliasson’s Canto Del Vagabondo with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the 50th anniversary concert of Britten’s War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral with the CBSO, and a live recording of James MacMillan’s Quickening at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The CBSO Youth Chorus has also appeared on the recording of Karl Jenkins’s The Peacemakers for EMI, and a new recording of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edward Gardner and the CBSO for the Chandos label.

Recent highlights include performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Lucerne Festival, and Judith Weir’s Storm with the CBSO..

How to join

Join us for a taster session! If your child is interested in joining the CBSO Children’s Chorus or you'd like further information please contact Alex Parker on aparker@cbso.co.uk or by telephone on 0121 616 6509.

The CBSO Youth Chorus are required to attend weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings during term time at CBSO Centre. All members are also offered one-to-one vocal coaching once a term.

There is an annual membership fee of £110.00. To ensure that any child who wishes to join the Youth Chorus has the opportunity, regardless of financial background, the CBSO can provide financial assistance and full bursaries for members if required.

The Chorus Team

Members and parents of the Children's Chorus are supported by a professional chorus management team and music staff who provide a supportive environment for young singers to develop and flourish. The Youth Chorus is led by Julian Wilkins, a highly experienced choral conductor.

Julian Wilkins - Conductor
James Keefe - Accompanist
Poppy Howarth - Chorus Manager
Alex Parker - Chorus Officer