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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Concerts and Events
Carols by Candlelight
Saturday 16 December, 7:30 pm
York Minster Nave
The Chapter House Choir directed by Benjamin Morris
The Chapter House Youth Choir directed by 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!
Unreserved side aisle tickets are £15 (£7.50 for under 27s) available from the York Minster Box Office. The central nave tickets are now sold out.
Ian Anderson presents Christmas with Jethro Tull
Monday 18 December 2023, 7.30pm
York Minster Nave
The Chapter House Youth Choir, Director: Charlie Gower-Smith
Experience folk-rock legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull in the awe-inspiring setting of York Minster this Christmas. Hear some of the best-known repertoire of Jethro Tull alongside traditional seasonal church and classical music for a moment of pre-Christmas madness, goodness and togetherness. The Chapter House Youth Choir will be performing three carols in this extravaganza!
Tickets priced between £20 and £40 are now available online or by calling the York Minster Box Office on 01904 557200.
Sunday 17 March 2024, 6pm
St Chad’s Church, Campleshon Road, South Bank, York, YO23 1EY
The Chapter House Youth Choir will be joined by former members of the choir for this spring concert in York. Repertoire will feature Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. Save the date!
The Chapter House Youth Choir in December 2022(photo: Duncan Lomax)
Last winter CHYC co-created a new song with composer Michael Betteridge and poet and writer SAF. Michael is one of eight composers selected for the 2023 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composers Programme. The results were screened as part of the COVID Watch Party on 28th January 2023. You can now enjoy the song on YouTube below!
You can read the Chapter House Youth Choir Safeguarding Policy here.
About the Chapter House Youth Choir
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.
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!
Press and Praise
From Steve Crowther’s review of Carols by Candlelight in December 2022:
… Darius Battiwalla’s Suo Gan was simply lovely…
The Youth Choir’s performance of John Joubert’s ever-infectious Torches was very well judged, even understated, to suit the Minster acoustic and enhance both clarity and enjoyment.
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.