Hertfordshire County Youth Choir (SATB)
Contact County Activities Team
Hertfordshire Music Service
St Albans Music School
Phone(s): 01727 860941 (ext 207)
Fax: 01727 844699
Web pages: www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk
Hertfordshire County Youth Choir meets most Wednesdays during the autumn and spring terms from 5.30pm-7.30pm in Hatfield.
Recognised as one of Britain's leading youth choirs, Hertfordshire County Youth Choir specialises in singing good, challenging and varied choir repertoire. Singers who join the choir come from a variety of muscial backgrounds. Weekly rehearsals incorporate specialised tuition in voice production and ear training. The abililty to sight-read is not a prerequisite for joining the choir. All singers, regardless of previous choral experience, improve their sight-reading skills rapidly. The boys in the choir meet regularly with the choir's male voice tutor who addresses the needs of changing voices. There are numerous opportunities for solo and small ensemble singing as well as opportunities to conduct.
The choir participates in frequent collaborations with guest conductor, composers and instrumental ensembles, as well as with other choirs. In the past these have included concerts with The BBC Concert Orchesttra and the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. A joint concert takes place each year with Berkshire's Taplow Youth Choirs. Guest conductors and workshop leaders have included Ben Parry, Ralph Allwood, Ken Burton, Terry Edwards and Gillian Dibden.
The choir has recently been involved in a collaboration with BBC Singers which culminated in a joint concert in the Maida Vale Studios at Broadcasting House, London. As part of this project which had an emphasis on extended vocal techniques, music by Ligeti, Poulenc, Whitacre and MacMillan was featured.
Many of the singers in the choir attend the Eton Choral courses during the summer and belong to the National Youth Choir and National Youth Music Theatre. Many go on to a variety of institutions for further vocal and drama training including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Oxbridge as choral and organ scholars, LIPA, as well as drama and music departments in the country's leading universities and colleges.
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