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Chapter House Youth Choir

Chapter House Youth Choir

The Chapter House Youth Choir was established in 2016 and has since performed in some amazing events, including sharing a platform with the King’s Singers, rehearsing with legendary composer John Rutter, and singing live for the BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service. The choir regularly works with some of the UK’s finest artistic talent, including the Gesualdo Six, the Gabrieli Consort and English Touring Opera. 

The Youth Choir offers young singers aged 13-19 a place to sing choral music to the very highest standard. The choir is a fun and dedicated group of musicians from a wide range of backgrounds who love to sing. Rehearsals are in central York on Tuesdays during term time, 5.30-7:00 pm.

Join Us

The Chapter House Youth Choir is always on the look-out for new members.  With live broadcasts on BBC Radio plus performance opportunities in amazing venues like York Minster, the choir gives singers exceptional musical experiences. 

In-person auditions are available throughout the year. You’ll be asked to sing a song of your choice, do a little bit of sight reading, and some aural tests. Please get in touch using the button below or email for more information.

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Chapter House Youth Choir Auditions Leaflet

Concerts and Events

The next Chapter House Youth Choir concert will be with Gabrieli Roar in York Minster on Saturday 3rd December at 7:30pm.

This term CHYC has co-created a new song with composer Michael Betteridge and poet and writer SAF. We look forward to sharing a video of the song on our social media pages! Michael is one of eight composers selected for the 2023 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composers Programme, and we can’t wait to work with both him and SAF. 

In Dulci Jubilo: Praetorius and Schütz with Gabrieli Roar

Saturday 3 December 2022, 7:30pm

York Minster Nave
Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh

A belated celebration of the 400th anniversary of Praetorius’ death, this is surely some of the most exciting and flamboyant music of the early baroque, the perfect platform to encourage young singers to connect with choral and classical music, and heritage culture.

Tickets: £12 – £18 from York Minster, via the button below.

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 17 DECEMBER 2022, 7:30 pm

York Minster Nave
The Chapter House Choir, Director: Benjamin Morris
The Chapter House Youth Choir, Director: Charlie Gower-Smith
The Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir

This ever popular annual concert will take place in the stunning Nave of York Minster. In addition to traditional choral items old and new, there will be festive music performed by the Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir – a uniquely Christmassy combination in the perfect candlelit setting!

Tickets: £20 for Front Nave, £17.50 for Rear Nave, £15 for unreserved seats in Side Aisles, £7.50 for those under 27
available from York Minster via the button below.
Accessible seats are available by calling 01904 557256

About the Chapter House Youth Choir

Musical Director Charlie Gower-Smith

Charlie Gower-Smith is a conductor and singer based in North Yorkshire. He is Musical Director of Jervaulx Singers and the Chapter House Youth Choir, and is co-director of the Voices of The River’s Edge Choir at Sage Gateshead.

Charlie Gower Smith

Widely in demand as a choral director, Charlie is known for his energetic and encouraging style. Recent highlights include Jervaulx Singers’ collaboration with cellist Jamie Walton, and the Chapter House Youth Choir’s recent ROAR concert with The Gabrieli Consort. Former roles include director of Leeds Chamber Choir, with whom he gave regular broadcasts of BBC Radio 4LW’s Daily Service, and assistant director of the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Community Choir. He has worked with South Bank Singers, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, and Yorkshire Voices with whom he directed a Good Friday performance of Bach’s St John Passion at Ripon Cathedral. He is also a former director of the Thirsk Sinfonia Orchestra.

When not making music, Charlie can be found cooking with his daughters or avidly cleaning his car.

Past Events

BBC Radio 4 Daily Service, June 2018

Youth Choir members at the live performance of the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service, June 2018

Virtual Choir Performance with the Gesualdo Six

In 2021, the Chapter House Youth Choir worked on Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin with the outstanding Gesualdo Six to produce this stunning virtual choir performance with both groups!

Listen to our Virtual Christmas Carols

Press and Praise

From the York Press review of the Christmas Mirabile Mysterium concert in December 2018:

… Singing from memory, these accomplished teenagers showed sure-footed composure in the awkward rhythms of Barnum’s Sweeter Still and Snyder’s medley Fum Fum Fantasy.

Read the York Press article about the launch of the Chapter House Youth Choir and first performance with the Kings Singers in November 2016.

From the York Press review of the concert with the Kings Singers:

The Youth Choir – 16 teenagers – is shaping up nicely under Charlie Gower-Smith. Its tuning was impeccable and phrasing sensitive, with special rhythmic vigour in a Finzi setting of Bridges.

King's Singers Article, November 2016