Chapter House Youth Choir

The Youth Choir in June 2019

The Chapter House Youth Choir was established in 2016 and has already 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, 5.15-6.45pm.

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.

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Christmas 2019 Poster

Come to our next event!

The Youth Choir’s next concert – Festival of Carols – will be in St Michael-le-Belfrey Church.  Tickets are selling fast, so get yours now! See below for details.

If you would like to join this wonderful choir, please email .  We look forward to seeing you!

Festival of Carols

Saturday 14 December 2019, 7:30 pm

St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York
With The Chapter House Choir
Chapter House Choir Director: Benjamin Morris
Chapter House Youth Choir Director: Charlie Gower-Smith

A joyous Christmas celebration brought to you by the Chapter House Choir, the Chapter House Youth Choir and the famous Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir – guaranteed to set you up for the Festive Season!

Tickets – £15 and £13.50 concessions, students / under 18s £5.
Available online using the button below.

Past Events

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Image of November 2019 Concert Poster

Treasures of the Italian Renaissance

16 November 2019 – in York Minster Chapter House

Missa Brevis – PALESTRINA
Christe, adoramus te – MONTEVERDI
Sfogava con le stelle – MONTEVERDI
Tu es Petrus – PALESTRINA

Image of July 2019 Concert Poster

Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

6 July 2019 – at Spilman’s Farm, Sessay, YO7 3NB

Northern Lights – Ola GJEILO
Love’s Philosophy – Alexander L’ESTRANGE
Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo – Joseph HOROVITZ

Image of Selby Abbey

Evensong at Selby Abbey

24 March 2019 – HOWELLS – A hymn to St Cecilia, AYLEWARD Responses, DYSON in D, BAIRSTOW – I sat down under his shadow

Christmas 2018 Poster

Carol Concert with the Chapter House Choir

Christmas 2018

28 June 2018 Photo

Concert in York Minster Chapter House

13 October 2018 – The Youth Choir sang works by Parry, Elgar, Tavener, Gjeilo and Farrant and joined the Chapter House Choir in the BBC Radio 3 commissioned work, The Pankhurst Anthem – words and music by Helen and Lucy Pankhurst.

28 June 2018 Photo

BBC R4 LW Daily Service

28 June 2018 – CHYC sang Bob Chilcott’s God So Loved the World and two hymns, live from Emmanuel Church Didsbury

30 March 2018 Poster

St John Passion chorales in Ripon Cathedral

30 March 2018

17 March 2018 Poster

Concert in the Unitarian Chapel York

March 2018

Christmas 2017 Poster

Carol Concert in St Michael-le-Belfrey Church York

Christmas 2017

December 2017 Poster

Concert in St Olave's Church York

2 December 2017

November 2017 Poster

Second performance of "Everyone Sang" by Roderick Williams

November 2017

Durham Evensong July 2017

Evensong in Durham Cathedral

10 July 2017

March 2017 Poster

Concert in St Helen's Church York

March 2017

Christmas 2016 Poster

Family Christmas Concert - York Minster

3 December 2016

On stage with the King's Singers

November 2016 – including the first performance of Everyone Sang by Roderick Williams

September 2016 Poster

First Event - Come and Sing with John Rutter

September 2016

Join the Youth Choir

The Chapter House Youth Choir is always on the look-out for new members. Members will probably already play an instrument or sing in a choir. Chapter House Youth Choir offers unique performance opportunities and a chance to meet like-minded young people who are passionate and enthusiastic about singing.

Entry to the choir is by audition with the Musical Director. Please get in touch via the contact form or email for more information.

BBC R4 Daily Service, June 2018

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

Youth Choir Recruitment Poster

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.

Chapter House Choir altos

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.

Press and Praise

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.

The Chapter House Youth Choir in rehearsal, 2019
Masterclass for teens press article