Its members are aged 13-18, and come from schools all around Gloucestershire. Currently there are around 22 singers in the choir, divided between Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass parts, and we are always interested to hear from singers who would like to join.
The choir meets twice a week: Monday evenings after school are rehearsal times, and every Thursday evening we sing Evensong in the Cathedral – in other words, we perform live every week. This is the basis for the choir’s existence.
The Youth choir also sings at many of the Cathedral’s biggest events, such as Midnight Mass and the Easter Vigil service, and sometimes joins forces with the Gloucester Cathedral Choir for major occasions.
Beyond the Youth Choir's weekly routine, there are a number of special events, which include concerts, broadcasts and tours. This has included appearances on Songs of Praise for BBC1 and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Christmas carol service. The Choir toured to Dublin in 2003, and sang in Florence, Rome and St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in August 2005. In 2007 the Choir toured Sweden, based in the Diocese of Vateras, and also sang at the Three Choirs Festival in August 2007. The Choir has appeared on stage with the English Touring Opera in Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel and in Monteverdi's Orfeo. The Choir has also sung in concert with the Cheltenham Bach Choir and with Gloucester Choral Society.
We provide an unparalleled opportunity for teenage boys and girls to train their voices and their general musical abilities to the highest possible standard. As part of this opportunity, we undertake to provide some private singing tuition for all our members, usually from one of the team of professional singers associated with the Cathedral’s music department.
The added benefit of working to achieve weekly results as a team is of great value to all the singers.
Many previous members of the choir have gone on to University Choral Scholarships, for which we provide training, and nearly all are still involved in singing.