Hampshire County Youth Choirs
Hampshire County Youth Choirs
HCYC in Vancouver Island, on Englishman River Bridge, over the Falls 1st August 2014

"The choir are fantastic. There is no other word to describe them - and that is the result of all the dedication and effort that is put in…"

A member of the audience at a concert, with Dame Emma Kirkby

At the Parliament Building, Victoria, capital of British Columbia

Inspiring musical development with the Hampshire County Youth Choir!

A choir for young people in Hampshire...

On the following pages you’ll find information and photographs concerning our musical activities in Hampshire, and further afield. You will also find out about our regular rehearsal times and any upcoming concert dates. Drop in and join us!

For the last twenty years, the Hampshire County Youth Choir has provided a wonderful vehicle for choral singing. As part of the Hampshire Music Service, a leading and award-winning music service in the UK, we are always happy to welcome new members to our choir, and new members of the audience to our concerts! Hundreds of young people between the ages of 13 and 21 have benefitted from their participation in this choir. In exceptional cases membership of younger singers is given serious consideration.


There are no pass or fail auditions for membership of this County Ensemble. 


Membership of the Hampshire County Youth Choirs is open to any young person who is:

  • aged between 6 and 19, lives in Hampshire or is in full or part-time education in Hampshire
  • enthusiastic about and enjoys singing
  • committed to attending practices on Friday evenings
  • prepared to work towards learning choir music, over a reasonable period of time

If you would like to join one of our choirs, send us a message on our Contact page.


Cathedral Grove 2009!

We regularly give concerts throughout Hampshire, and have also thrilled audiences further afield in England, mainland Europe and on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. If you would like to come and hear us, check out the details for our next performances. You will be very warmly welcomed!


Details for Joining or Re-joining HCYCs

If you are considering applying for one of the places available in one of the Hampshire County Youth Choirs, please read the Joining Information on our Membership Application page, and call the Rookwood Centre, to book your "listening" appointment.

An excerpt from this beautiful motet...
Ave Verum.mp3
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And So It Goes
The whole song - a real favourite for many!
And so it goes.mp3
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May It Be
From Lord of the Rings... (and Joe's favourite!)
May It Be.mp3
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A few recording 'blips' at the start and end, but still very much worth a listen...
MP3 audio file [1.7 MB]

Kerry's Wedding:

What a beautiful day! The sun shone, the bride looked wonderful, (once she had arrived), and everyone present was delighted with the sound that the choir made. Thank you so much to those from present and past HCYC who attended and gave Kerry such a memorable service. Kerry says that "the choir were everything I hoped for, and a lot more!" 

Again, well done to all who came!

What A Great End-of-Season Concert...

Saturday 11th July in St Michael and All Angels' Church, Andover

What an amazing evening to round off a great year. Thanks to Amy, Kate, Martin and Toby for all their support and hard work and particularly to Louise and the Friends of HCYC for organising the whole evening. Fabulous solos all round - with special mentions for Mary and Lydia overcoming their 'nerves' - and a great performance from a 'reshuffled' chamber choir. The whole choir worked hard, the singing tone was excellent, and I was very very proud to be out there directing such a great group of young people. You have all worked so hard over the past weeks, been committed to practices throughout the exam season, and also in the past month as the end of term approaches, been so reliable. Be very pleased with yourselves, the audience loved the whole evening and would come out to hear you again! 
Now, have a great summer break when you get to it and, for those who can, come back and have a great sing in the Autumn...



HCYC's Great CD...

This wonderful new album - O Magnum Mysterium - is on sale NOW!


Please order your copy/copies through the Friends of the Hampshire County Youth Choir via Kate Jones.

Congratulations to all members of HCYC who have sung at all of our concerts this term. You added a great deal to the whole in terms of tone, phrasing, and dynamic control  and our Director, Keith, would like to add a special note of gratitude to you for energetically supporting your own concerts as well as  more collaborative ventures.

Well done!

Hampshire County Youth Choir Trip To Canada 2014...

Standing Ovation in Campbell River from capacity audience


What an amazing trip the main choir had to Vancouver Island last summer! There are great photos to share, and many happy memories of amazing experiences with great concerts and audiences to talk about... For those of you who missed this one, we are really looking forward to seeing you all to work on our next year's programme, and to strengthen the total group again.


Watch this space for future plans!

4th Standing Ovation, capacity audience, Parkesville
Tequila! Campbell River...


Congratulations go out to all members for their magnificent support, dedication, and commitment to our very busy schedule this past year! This has culminated in many wonderful concerts in Winchester Cathedral, The Anvil Basingstoke, Arundel Cathedral, New Milton, Boscombe,  Lymington, Alresford and on stage at the Theatre Royal. We even managed a shared concert with the BBC Singers last February in Winchester's Great Hall...


A local MP recently wrote:


"There is a strong tradition of music in Hampshire schools, giving students both technical expertise and self-confidence through performance. Congratulations to the Hampshire County Youth Choir on their superb performance at The Anvil event...".



A member of the audience at a recent summer concert said:


"Why don't we hear more about these wonderful people in the newspapers and on the television?"


Well done all members!

Bad Weather?

Please check this website regularly to check if rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. If there is no such cancellation listed here, all practices and performances will go ahead as planned.

Join us!

If you are interested in joining our choir then look into what you need to do to become a member on our Contact Page, or just send us a message at join@hantschoir.com and we will get back to you very soon!

Chemainus Bandstand - Canada
From the bell tower, Imperia Cathedral, Italy





Lakeside Residence, Vancouver Island, Canada






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