A member of the audience at a concert, with Dame Emma Kirkby
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:
If you would like to join one of our choirs, send us a message on our Contact page, email our Director on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone the Hampshire Music service on 023 8065 2037.
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:
Details of arrangements for the Full Rehearsal on Sunday 22nd November, and the performance on November 23rd, will be circulated in the near future.
Foundation Choir- HCYFC
5 - 6.15pm with
Kerry Kenward and
Junior Choir - HYCJC
5.15 - 6.45pm with
Martin Riddy and
Training Choir - HCYTC
7 - 9pm with
Amy Williamson and
Main Choir - HCYC
7 - 9.30pm with
Keith Clark and
Chamber Choir - HCYCC
Friday September 25th
9.30 - 10pm with
Amy Williamson and
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.
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...
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 email@example.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.
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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you very soon!