Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir

Applications to sing in the Youth Choir will open in Spring 2020.

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 the county and beyond.

Our aim is to provide members with an opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world and to work with some great conductors and musicians. It is a busy and rewarding experience and many participants are keen to return for another year. Members of the Youth Choir commit themselves to several preliminary rehearsal days and the concert during festival week. 

The 2020 performance

This year's Youth Choir will take centre stage in an evening concert in Worcester Cathedral on Tuesday 28 July 2020. The concert will be conducted by Geraint Bowen and the programme will include Dobrinka Tabakova's Centuries of Meditations, John Rutter's Visions and Britten's Saint Nicolas. A rehearsal schedule starting the week before the festival will be published early next year.

Singers aged 14-25 can apply to the Youth Choir by filling in a short online form from Spring 2020.

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, 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 the Youth Choir please contact Lucy Potter.

Previous performances

Adrian Partington formed the TCFYC for the 2010 Gloucester Festival, 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 in Worcester Cathedral in 2011.When he arrived in Gloucester in 2008, he was concerned that no musical activities were intended for teenagers. The formation of the TCFYC was his attempt to start to remedy the situation. He had already, with Simon Halsey, formed a Youth Choir for the CBSO in 1994, which like the TCFYC, is still flourishing.

In 2011 at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival the youth choir sang Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra to an audience of over 1,100.

The equally successful performance at the Hereford Festival 2012 of Fauré’s Requiem and the world premiere of a festival commission by Dobrinka Tabakova, Centuries of Meditation, 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.

TCFYC performed two short works by Benjamin Britten and the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé in the 2013 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Geraint Bowen and accompanied by organist David Goode. In Worcester in 2014 they performed works by Paul Mealor and Joseph Phibbs and the Mass in G minor by Vaughan Williams, conducted by Adrian Partington. 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.

In Hereford in 2015 TCFYC performed Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bob Chilcott's Requiem, conducted by Peter Nardone; rehearsals in the previous week at the Hereford Academy included a workshop day led by Bob Chilcott. 2016 saw the Youth Choir give a sparkling account of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle in Gloucester Cathedral, conducted by Geraint Bowen.

In 2017, the Youth Choir joined forces with the choristers of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester cathedrals, soloists Lorna Anderson, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Davies, and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a performance of Jonathan Dove's There Was a Child and Fauré Requiem on the evening of Thursday 27 July 2017 at Worcester Cathedral.

The 2018 Youth Choir concert took place in Hereford Cathedral on the morning of Saturday August 4th.  Conducted by Peter Nardone, the performance included Cecilia McDowall’s Stabat Mater and a choral arrangement by Donald Fraser of Elgar’s Sea Pictures. 

The 2019 Youth Choir concert took place on Tuesday 30 July in Gloucester Cathedral and the programme included Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and the UK premiere of Giles Swayne's Our Orphan Souls. The concert was conducted by Samuel Hudson.