About Cornwall Youth Choirs
Who we are
Cornwall Youth Choirs is a family of choirs offering musical opportunities for children and young people from 4 years old to 25. Led by a fantastic team of musicians, the choirs meet regularly, drawing members from all over the county.
Cornwall Youth Choir started in 2016, a new choir for 14-18s joining the existing established Cornwall Boys and Cornwall Girls choirs, and managed by the music hub for Cornwall. Cornwall Youth Choir is the ﬂagship choir attracting talented young singers from the length and breadth of Cornwall. The choir includes a recently organised Youth Forum, a small team of singers from CYC, who sit within the choir management team, making key decisions together with the choir staﬀ regarding the choirs’ development, repertoire, social and fundraising activities.
The Choirs have recently expanded further under Angela’s direction and a ﬁne team of choir staﬀ, to include singers from age 4 through to age 25. Immediate plans include a Teachers’ Choir which will start in January 2024.
What we do
Our four choirs meet regularly throughout the year, giving the young people of Cornwall the chance to explore new repertoire, learn new skills, make new friends and celebrate our Cornish heritage through music.
The choirs perform regularly throughout the county at various events and venues including the Royal Cornwall Show, Truro Christmas Lights Switch on and most recently the Cornwall Air Ambulance Christmas Carol Concert alongside St Dennis Band and City of Truro Male Choir.
Our choirs also have several social events throughout the year. In the summer, Cornwall Children's Choir had a great day out in Falmouth starting with a rehearsal and a performance in front of the Maritime Museum before they headed down to Castle Beach for a BBQ and sing with local singer songwriter Will Keating.
Why we do it
We know that music, and particularly choral singing, is a very powerful tool in addressing the mounting mental health crisis in our young people. With many schools cutting provision to music education in favour of post-Covid catch up programmes in Maths & English, plus Cornwall's many small schools not having the budget for specialist music provision, we know that community youth choirs are a vital resource for many talented young people. Cornwall Youth Choirs provide a safe and supportive environment for all its members, with high quality musical and vocal tuition.