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Youth Choir

Youth ChoirTalented Teenagers

Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir was founded in 1999 and is made up of talented young singers aged 13-18 from schools and colleges all around Gloucestershire.

The choir, conducted by the Assistant Director of Music, meets twice a week during school term to rehearse after school on a Monday and Thursday, and sings Evensong every Thursday. They also participate at other major services during the Church year, including Christmas Midnight Mass, Ordinations and Carol Services.

The choir sings a wide range of music that includes spirituals, folksongs and other secular music alongside the more traditional Anglican repertoire.

Away from the Cathedral, the Youth Choir has a varied programme of concerts, tours and social events. In February 2012 they travelled to Sweden on an exchange visit with the Youth Choir of Västerås Cathedral and hosted the return visit to Gloucester in 2015. They also took part in a joint Evensong with the Chapel Choir of Merton College, Oxford.  

What are the benefits?

Free musical training during rehearsals with the Cathedral music staff
The chance to meet new friends and share your love of singing
The opportunity to sing in one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world every week
The chance to go on concert trips and overseas tours with the Choir

How do I join the Cathedral Youth Choir?

If you would like to know more about the Cathedral Youth Choir please contact our Music Department Manager, Helen Sims:

Tel: 01452 508212
Email: helen.sims@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Will I have to audition?

Yes – all members of the choir are auditioned before they can join.

What will I have to do in my audition?

  • Sing a piece that you know – anything that you are familiar with, bring the sheet music to the audition
  • Vocal exercises - to find out the sound and range of your voice
  • Sight-read a simple piece of music
  • Aural tests similar to those used in Associated Board Exams