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!

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 at katejones2003@btinternet.com or via Keith Clark at keithclark5@mac.com.

Hampshire County Youth Choir Trip To Canada 2014...

It was just two summers ago, and HCYC Main Choir had an amazing trip to Vancouver Island! 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!

Standing ovation in Campbell River from capacity audience
4th Standing ovation, capacity audience, Parkesville
Tequila! Campbell River...
An excerpt from this beautiful motet...
Ave Verum.mp3
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A few recording 'blips' at the start and end, but still very much worth a listen...
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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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Stop Press...

Farewell Concert

Friday 8th July 2016

United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ


Final details for all participants:

This evening is an opportunity for us to say our good byes to those leaving the choir at the end of this term, wherever they are heading next academic year. We have a great audience who have got their tickets and will give us a pretty full church.

We will meet at 6.30pm for a quick warm-up and to practice two pieces that we will be singing but we haven’t sung for a little while… I will provide copies! Doors will be open for the audience at 7pm, so please be prompt for 6.30pm!!!

Kate may have just a very few tickets available but please do contact her at katejones2003@btinternet.com if you are intending to come! Tickets for the buffet and ‘sing-along’ at The Golden Lion, Alresford Road, Winchester are, sadly, now sold out!

Please wear our usual all-black concert dress, including all present members of HCYC and other alumni who want to pretend to be under-18s…! Black folders, with music sorted within would be great and please remember that all books belonging to Friends of HCYC, including:

European Sacred Music

Encores for Choirs Books 1 and 2, and

100 Carols for Choirs

will need to be handed back to me at the end of the concert. Please do not take these books away from the church, unless they are your own property.

Other than that, prepare for a relaxed and fun singing evening, to last for 75 minutes, with no interval, where as many items as possible will be sung by as many members and ex-members as possible! If time allows, we will sing the running order but within 75 minutes, there will very likely have to be one or two cuts from the church programme, to be sung later in The Golden Lion!

See you all soon,



Running Order


Bogoroditsye Dyevo                          Sergei Rachmaninoff

Ave Verum Corpus                            William Byrd


Present and past HCYC:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow       Harold Arlen arr. Guy Turner

Danny Boy                                         Irish Trad. arr. Guy Turner

Black Sheep                                       American Trad. Arr. John Rutter

O Magnum Mysterium                     Morten Lauridsen

Waly Waly                                          English Trad. arr. Guy Turner

Summertime                                      Gershwin arr. Guy Turner



Northern Lights                                 Ola Gjeilo

Beati Quorum                                                Charles Villiers Stanford


Everyone present:   Above My Head         Spiritual arr. HCYC



Present and Past HCYC:

Ca’ tha Yowes                                                Scottish Trad arr. RVW

Takeda Lullaby                                  Japanese Trad. Arr G Ives

Cry Me A River                                  Arthur Hamilton arr. Guy Turner

Turtle Dove                                        English Trad. Arr. RVW

Tequila Samba                                  Guy Turner

Bushes and Briars                             Trad collected by RVW arr. Donald James


A few words from Jill Larner


Anyone and Everyone

Shenandoah                                      American Trad. Arr. James Erb



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.

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Details for Joining HCYCs

If you are considering applying for one of the places available in one of the Hampshire County Youth Choirs, please contact Hampshire Music Service at the Rookwood Centre, Eastleigh.


Chemainus Bandstand - Canada
From the bell tower, Imperia Cathedral, Italy
Lakeside Residence, Vancouver Island, Canada
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