Bristol Youth Choir is made up of three choirs with over a hundred and twenty young people from all over Bristol performing choral music of all styles.

Juniors and Intermediates

The Junior Choir is made up of 80 singers aged from 7-12. The choir aims to foster a love of singing in its members by helping to read music and sing parts in a fun and relaxed way, whilst always aiming for the highest standards.

Rehearsals are split into three groups: Primary Singers; Junior Girls and Boys, who perform separately and together. Singers in school years 6 and 7 also form an Intermediate Choir which develops music reading and vocal technique and prepares them for the Senior choirs.

In 2014 the Junior choir sang for the BBC Food and Farming Awards on BBC Radio 4 and live on the Clare Balding Show on BBC Radio 2. They have given concerts for Open Doors Day, The Rotary Club, Southmead Hospital and this year performed with young singers from South Africa as part of Project Zulu.

Juniors: Fridays, 4.30pm-6.15pm
Intermediates: Fridays, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Seniors

The Senior choirs have both a girls and boys section. Rehearsing and performing both separately and together and sing a wide repertoire from part-songs, close harmony, spirituals and anthems to large-scale classical works.

All members are given vocal coaching to develop their confidence and singing technique. In 2014 they performed at the High Sheriff’s Concert in Bristol Cathedral and, in 2015 with John Rutter and the City of Bristol Choir in a performance of music by Rutter and Jonathan Dove at the Colston Hall.

In 2016 the Senior choirs sang with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of The Little Mass by James MacMillan in Poole and Bristol, and took part in the Ten Pieces Prom as part of the prestigious BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Senior Boys: Fridays, 5.15pm-7pm
Senior Girls: Fridays, 6pm-8pm

Bristol Youth Choir is run by Bristol Plays Music, the Arts Council England’s Music Hub for the city of Bristol. It’s a partnership between Bristol Music Trust and Bristol City Council. It will ensure that the legacy of Bristol Arts and Music Service’s success in delivering high quality music education to over 8,000 children a year is preserved and is strengthened by the partnership with Colston Hall Education.

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