CBSO Youth Chorus

Julian Wilkins Conductor

The CBSO Youth Chorus was formed in 1994 with the aim of providing the CBSO with a chorus for the many pieces of symphonic music that require

young people’s voices. Open to girls in school years 9 to 13, it is now established as one of the country’s leading youth choruses, performing independently as well as with the CBSO and many other prestigious orchestras and choirs.

Having consolidated its renown at choral festivals and competitions across the country, the CBSO Youth Chorus has appeared alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.

Among a wealth of prestigious engagements in the past few years are two performances and a live recording of James MacMillan’s Quickening with the BBC Philharmonic and the CBSO, a tour to Gothenburg to sing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anders Eliasson’s Canto Del Vagabondo with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Holst’s Savitri with the CBSO in a special concert celebrating Simon Halsey’s 25 years as Chorus Director and performances of Handel’s Messiah and Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor, ‘The Gothic’ at the BBC Proms. Most recently they have appeared on Karl Jenkins’ new composition The Peacemakers recorded for EMI.