Chapter House Youth Choir
Virtual Choir Performance with the Gesualdo Six
The Youth Choir had two super workshops in the Winter Term 2020, with guests Michelle Robinson and Laurence Williams. The choir focussed on developing performance skills to engage with audiences, whether singing in groups or as individuals.
From February Half Term 2021, the choir worked on Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin with the outstanding Gesualdo Six to produce a stunning virtual choir performance with both groups.
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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 Daily Service.
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, 5.30-7:00 pm, and will resume in September following the summer break.
We are thrilled to have Charlie Gower-Smith as the Musical Director of the Chapter House Youth Choir. Charlie is a young, energetic and bubbly choral director who already has a wealth of experience as a singer and conductor.
The Chapter House Youth Choir is always on the look-out for new members. With live broadcasts on BBC Radio plus performance opportunities in York Minster, Durham and Selby Abbey, the experience is really life-changing for young people aged 13-19 who have a love of singing and music, and want to gain excellent experience. Rehearsals are weekly on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 pm in the centre of York.
Auditions are available throughout the year, in person or by video call depending on current guidance and availability. Please get in touch using the button below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the Chapter House Youth Choir
Musical Director Charlie Gower-Smith
Charlie Gower-Smith works as a freelance musician across Northern England. He directs chamber choir South Bank Singers, and the Chapter House Youth Choir.
In demand for his inclusive, informative and encouraging style, Charlie works with many organisations to facilitate singing in the workplace. He runs regular workplace choirs for John Lewis, Addleshaw Goddard, Leeds City Council, and TransPennine Express, a Hallé Corporate Choir. Work with festivals has included various choral projects for the Grassington Festival, and assistant choral director for the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall.
Charlie has worked with many choirs across the country including Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Trinity Singers Cambridge, and the Hallé Youth Choir. He sings with Ex Cathedra and Ripon Cathedral Choir as a deputy. Previous 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 is also a surtitle operator for Opera North.
Youth Choir members at the live performance of the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service, June 2018
Listen to our Virtual Christmas Carols!
- Away in a Manger, arranged by Reginald Jacques, was released on Friday 11 December 2020
- Sweeter Still, by Eric Barnum, was released on Sunday 20 December 2020
We are hugely grateful to choir member Ed Atkin for mixing the recordings and are sure you will love the results! Click on the image below to watch a YouTube playlist of the 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.
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.