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Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir

Do you have a passion for singing and performing?

Are you aged 14-25?

If you think you would enjoy making music with other young people and would like the opportunity to perform onstage alongside the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, in Worcester’s beautiful cathedral, our Youth Choir might just be perfect for you!

Click here to apply to join the Youth Choir

The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir was formed in 2010, when over 40 singers took part in the first concert in Tewkesbury Abbey. The choir is made up of keen singers aged 14-25 who join us from around our three host counties (Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) and beyond.

This is an opportunity to be involved in one of the world’s most prestigious music festivals and to work with world-class conductors and musicians. It is a fun and rewarding experience and many Youth Choir members are keen to return in subsequent years.

The 2021 Performance

This year's Youth Choir will take centre stage in an evening concert in Worcester Cathedral on Wednesday 28 July 2021. The concert will be conducted by Geraint Bowen (Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral), with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra. The programme will include Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine and the magnificent Duruflé Requiem.

Rehearsals and Performance Details

Members of the Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir commit themselves to attending all of the rehearsals and the concert:

Thursday 22 July:

10 am – 4 pm, rehearsals, St Andrew’s Methodist church, Worcester

Friday 23 July:

10 am – 4 pm, rehearsals, St Andrew’s Methodist church, Worcester

Sunday 25 July:

1.30 pm – 4pm, rehearsal, St Andrew’s Methodist church, Worcester

Monday 26 July:

10 am – 4 pm, rehearsals, St Andrew’s Methodist church, Worcester

Wednesday 28 July:

10 am – 1 pm, rehearsal, Worcester Cathedral, and 

7.30 pm– 9.15 pm, concert, Worcester Cathedral

Singers aged 14-25 can apply to the Youth Choir by filling in a short online form here.

Please note that the parents of participants under the age of 18 will also be asked to complete a consent form. This, along with further details of rehearsals and performance, will be sent to Youth Choir members after application.

Youth Choir members are also welcome to request volunteering roles at the festival, which can be arranged around the Youth Choir schedule, and to take advantage of standby tickets, subject to availability.

If you have any questions about our Youth Choir please contact Lucy Potter.

Previous Youth Choir Performances

Adrian Partington formed the Youth Choir for the 2010 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, and conducted its first two performances: Handel and Bach with the Corelli Ensemble in Tewkesbury Abbey in 2010, and the Beethoven Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Worcester Cathedral in 2011, when they sang to an audience of over 1,100.

The equally successful performance at the Hereford Three Choirs Festival 2012 of Fauré’s Requiem and the world premiere of a festival commission by Dobrinka Tabakova, Centuries of Meditations, was conducted by David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and Artistic Director of the Bach Choir, and accompanied by the Orchestra of the Swan. The choir was awarded the Cultural Olympiad’s ‘Inspire’ mark in 2010 and 2012 to denote an outstanding project that contributed to the lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

2013 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Geraint Bowen: two short works by Benjamin Britten and the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé

2014 Worcester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Adrian Partington: works by Paul Mealor and Joseph Phibbs and the Mass in G minor by Vaughan Williams. Members of the Youth Choir also took part in a performance of Elgar's The Apostles in 2014 with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra

2015 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Peter Nardone: Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bob Chilcott's Requiem

2016 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Geraint Bowen: Rossini's Petite messe solennelle

2017 Worcester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Adrian Partington: Jonathan Dove's There Was a Child and the Fauré Requiem

2018 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Peter Nardone: Cecilia McDowall’s Stabat Mater and a choral arrangement by Donald Fraser of Elgar’s Sea Pictures

2019 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Samuel Hudson: Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and the UK premiere of Giles Swayne's Our Orphan Souls