Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir is for young people aged 13 and up, with most of its members being in the 14 to 18 bracket.
We welcome people who are experienced musicians (whether instrumentalists or singers) and those who would simply like to learn.
The choir was started in January 2008 by Christopher Gray, and the directorship was taken over by Christine Judge (Curriculum and Vocal Team Manager Cornwall Music Service Trust), in partnership with Luke Bond at the same time as the Choir was taken on by the Cornwall Music Service Trust, offering it the most secure of futures.
Luke Bond has now taken up a post at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Christine is being supported by members of the Music Service Trust and a couple of the Cathedral’s Choral scholars. It now has around 25 members.
They meet for rehearsals on Thursday evenings during term time, from 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm at Truro Cathedral (entry via the Crypt door in the Cathedral car park)
The choir performs a wide range of music, from traditional classical pieces (Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Mozart’s Ave verum and Haydn’s The heavens are telling) to modern music (Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby, John Rutter’s Look at the world and Russell Pascoe’s Celtic Blessing). There are also a few lighter songs (choral arrangements of You raise me up, Goodnight, sweetheart and And so it goes) and folksong arrangements (Londonderry Air)
Concert venues have included Truro Cathedral, Carnglaze Caverns, The Eden Project, Tate St Ives and lots of churches (Lanlivery, Tregony, Perranzabuloe, Bodmin and more).
Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir Dates Spring / Summer 2018
April 19th - Thursday - Rehearsals resume (open rehearsal)
April 26th - Thursday - Open Rehearsal
May 2nd - Wednesday - Joint Rehearsal*
May 9th - Wednesday - Joint Rehearsal*
May 11th - Friday – Rehearsal followed by Concert*
May 12th - Saturday -Recording Session*
May 17th - Thursday - Normal Rehearsal
May 20th - Sunday – Polgwyn Open Air Festival**
May 24th - Thursday - Normal Rehearsal
June 7th - Thursday - Normal Rehearsal
June 14th - Thursday - End of term social
*You will notice that there are a couple of Wednesday rehearsals replacing Thursdays. This is so that at the invitation of Christropher Gray (Cathedral’s director of Music) we can take part in a hugely exciting concert, the details of which are below.
With generous assistance from Arts Council England, Truro Cathedral has been working with the distinguished composer Dobrinka Tabakova over the past eighteen months. The project culminates in the premiere of a new 30-minute work she is writing for the cathedral choir to perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and around 100 students from local secondary schools on Friday 11th May, with a CD recording the next morning. The celebrated cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year Natalie Clein will be playing the solo cello part specially written for her.
We are thrilled to be working with young musicians from Richard Lander School, Truro High School for Girls, Truro School and Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir.
The commitments are as follow:
Wednesday 2nd May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm: rehearsal at Truro Cathedral (casual clothes; entry via crypt door in the cathedral car park).
Wednesday 9th May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm: rehearsal at Truro Cathedral (casual clothes; entry via crypt door in the cathedral car park).
Friday 11th May, 3.45pm – 5.30pm: rehearsal at Truro Cathedral (this will be in the cathedral itself, with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Truro Cathedral Choir; uniform should be worn).
Friday 11th May: 7.00pm meet in the cathedral crypt to warm up for concert at 7.30pm (this will be over at around 8.45pm and will be recorded by the BBC for subsequent broadcast on Radio 3; uniform should be worn).
Saturday 12th May, 10.15am to 1.30pm: Recording session at Truro Cathedral (casual clothes; entry via crypt door in the cathedral car park).
Tickets for the concert, priced £12 (under-19s free), can be bought from the Hall for Cornwall Box Office (01872 262466 or www.hallforcornwall.co.uk ).
With best wishes,
** The Choir has been invited to perform at Polgwynne Open Air Music festival,
Feock TR3 6SG, to which you are all invited.
Timings are yet to be confirmed, but it was a lovely event last year.
After their performance, the choir members will be free to leave, or stay and enjoy the other performance and hopefully a lovely afternoon in the sunshine!!
Dress code for concerts unless otherwise stated ALL BLACK
Girls, mid/long sleeved top, below knee skirts and tights (or trousers)and shoes
Men / Boys, long sleeved button up shirts, long trousers and black shoes.
Cornwall Youth Choir is open to everyone aged from about 14 to 20.
Rehearsals take place at Truro Cathedral on Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. Concerts are usually on Thursdays or Saturdays.
There are no auditions – everyone is welcome.
The choir performs a wide range of music, from traditional classical pieces (Handel's Zadok the Priest, Mozart's Ave verum and Haydn's The heavens are telling) to modern music (Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby, John Rutter's Look at the world and Russell Pascoe's Celtic Blessing). There are also a few lighter songs (choral arrangements of You raise me up, Goodnight, sweetheart and And so it goes) and folksong arrangements (Londonderry Air and Shenandoah).
The standard is high, but new members arrive with different levels of experience, from those who like singing but have done very little, to those who have a lot of experience as singers or instrumentalists.
The choir is unique in that it provides young singers in Cornwall with the opportunity to perform with the Cathedral's outstanding gap year Choral Scholars (young musicians who come to Truro from all over the UK and further afield to be part of the renowned Cathedral Choir).
Membership of the choir costs £40 per term.
Where can you see us next?
Where can you see us next?
You can find all the Choir's summer dates below
Please encourage friends who might be interested in singing with the Youth Choir to come along to one of the open rehearsals, and remember we love to have the support of friends and family at our concerts!
4th - Open Rehearsal
11th - Concert at St Elwyn’s Church, Hayle (Choir to arrive at 6pm for 7pm concert start)
18th - Normal Rehearsal
28th - No Rehearsal, HALF TERM
1st - No Rehearsal
8th - Normal Rehearsal
15th - Normal Rehearsal
22nd - End of term social