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 more than twenty years, the Hampshire County Youth Choir has provided a wonderful vehicle for choral singing. Now, as part of the developments within the Hampshire Music Service, a leading and award-winning music service in the UK, we are now offering extended membership and progressive development for singers from 5 to 19. We are always happy to welcome new members to our choirs, and new audience members to our concerts! Many hundreds of young people between the ages of 5 and 21 already have benefitted from their participation in these choirs!


There are no pass or fail auditions for membership of these 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, email our Director on keithclark5@mac.com, or telephone the Hampshire Music service on 023 8065 2037.


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!


Royal Albert Hall Concert

Members of our Junior and training Choirs, who are currently in Y5, Y6, Y7 and Y8, have been invited to join the Hampshire Music Service massed choir performance at the Schools' Prom, on Monday 23rd November.

Extra 30 minute practices, for these singers only, will be held from 6.45 to 7.15pm on the following Friday evenings:

25th September

2nd October

9th October

16th October

6th November

13th November

20th November


Details of arrangements for the Full Rehearsal on Sunday 22nd November, and the performance on November 23rd, will be circulated in the near future.


Practices This Half--Term, for all HCYCs...

...are on:

   September 25th

   October 2nd

   October 9th

   October 16th


Foundation Choir- HCYFC

5 - 6.15pm with

Kerry Kenward and

Kate Jones


Junior Choir - HYCJC

5.15 - 6.45pm with

Martin Riddy and

Lissa Grey


Training Choir - HCYTC

7 - 9pm with

Amy Williamson and

Toby Armstrong


Main Choir - HCYC

7 - 9.30pm with

Keith Clark and

Martin Riddy 


Chamber Choir - HCYCC

Friday September 25th

9.30 - 10pm with

Amy Williamson and

Toby Armstrong

Details for 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 a "listening" appointment - this is NOT a pass/fail audition!

You can also complete an Membership Application form and email it or send it to us. 

A few notes from HCYCC at the end of last term...

An excerpt from this beautiful motet...
Ave Verum.mp3
MP3 audio file [1.1 MB]
And So It Goes
The whole song - a real favourite for many!
And so it goes.mp3
MP3 audio file [2.6 MB]
May It Be
From Lord of the Rings... (and Joe's favourite!)
May It Be.mp3
MP3 audio file [2.1 MB]
A few recording 'blips' at the start and end, but still very much worth a listen...
MP3 audio file [1.7 MB]

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, or email keithclark5@mac.com.

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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