Chapter House Youth Choir

Due to Coronavirus our forthcoming concerts have been cancelled.  The Chapter House Youth Choir rehearsals will hopefully restart in January.

It is with huge regret that we must announce that our concert on Sunday 22nd March 2020 was cancelled. Thank you to all who were planning to come, and we hope to be able to sing for you soon! The 40 minute programme would have included Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten and Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music.

Congratulations to the four who auditioned successfully by Skype on Tuesday 24th March! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter House Youth Choir will sadly not rehearse again until January at the earliest. We would like to wish all our members who are leaving us well in the next steps of their life journeys and thank them for their amazing contribution over the last few years! If you know of anyone who might like to audition for the choir, please do encourage them to get in touch.

The Chapter House Youth Choir in rehearsal, 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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Chapter House Youth Choir February 2020

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 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 5:15-6:45 pm in the centre of York.

Auditions are still available by video call over the summer for hopefully starting in September (depending on COVID-19 guidelines at the time). Please get in touch using the button below or email for more information.

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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.

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.

Past Events

BBC R4 Daily Service, June 2018

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

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.

Masterclass for teens press article