(Picture: Members of the Cathedral Youth Choir sing Handel's Messiah)
As we head towards the start of the new school year, a reminder that our Youth Choir is recruiting, replacing members who have left school and gone on to university and college.
One of the first performances the new choir will work towards is a performance of Handel’s Christmas masterpiece, Messiah, taking place on Saturday 9 December in the Cathedral. The Youth Choir will sing alongside the full Cathedral Choir accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia.
It’s not the first time the Choir have been in the limelight either. They took part in last year’s Messiah and in Hoodwink’s immersive experience, A Winter’s Trail, as well as participating in BBC Wiltshire’s Carol Concert. They also sang Evensong in place of the Cathedral Choir twice last year.
Looking forward to the new season Ian Wicks, Director of Music at the Cathedral School and leader of Youth Choir, said:
“We are taking a deep breath before returning with a vengeance in the Autumn. There is lots of opportunity for young people who love to sing in this choir. Anyone aged between 13 and 18 is eligible to join us, even if they can’t read music. Taking part is all about learning and exploring… and having fun, of course.”
Whilst Ian and the Youth Choir recruitment team are on the look out for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, they are particularly keen to strengthen their bottom line this year.
Ian Wicks said:
"We would like more altos and a few more boys would be great. There is no need to hold back. We don’t hold auditions, you can just turn up for a rehearsal and give it a try.”
Our Junior Choir is also recruiting, covering for members who have moved on or joined the Youth Choir. It has been going for 10 years and last season had over forty members. Junior Choir is open to all boys and girls aged 6 to 13. No need to audition, just come along and join in.
The choir’s leader, Susie Lamb, is quick to point out the value of taking part:
“It’s a chance for children to learn to sing to a high standard, something that will never leave them. They also become part of a great team and make new friends. We get involved in a wide variety of concerts and special events including BBC Wiltshire’s Carol Concert, so it offers really useful life lessons too – about performing in public and working together.”
The Junior Choir rehearses every Saturday during term-time from 11:00 - 12:00 in the North Transept and new joiners are invited to a registration session and first rehearsal at 11:00 on Saturday 16 September in the Cathedral School.
The first Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir rehearsal is at 18:00 on Tuesday 12 September in the Cathedral School Music Room. Anyone wishing to join can turn up and register then. There is no fee for joining either choir and if you want to know more or would like to get registration papers ahead of the first rehearsal, please contact Abigail Bray on email@example.com or 07929 769311.
For any further information contact Marie Thomas on 01722 555148 or firstname.lastname@example.org