The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen.
It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and is directed by Patrick Barrett. From 1994-2017 it was directed by Christopher Bell, with Anne Murphy is taking on the role of Interim Junior Chorus Director from 2017-2019. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television.
RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The RSNO Junior Chorus follows the Kodály method of training and links closely to the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) musicianship curriculum. Through this course, the young singers are taught to read and write music notation and our staff work hard to increase the confidence and self-esteem of the talented young musicians.
The RSNO Junior Chorus is a highly competitive choir and members are re-auditioned at various points throughout their time singing with the group. To provide the highest level of training and guidance as the singers progress, the Chorus is divided into six groups: the Training Choir; Probationary Choirs 1, 2 and 3; the Changed Voices group; and the RSNO Junior Chorus.