PHOTOS: TCF Youth Choir Hereford 2015, conducted by Peter Nardone



TCF Youth Choir

The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir for 14 to 25-year-olds from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire was formed in 2010, when over 40 singers took part in the first concert in Tewkesbury Abbey.

The choir

Our aim is to provide members with an opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world and to work with some great conductors and musicians. We encourage members to build on their Three Choirs Festival experience and join their local choral society.

Members of the TCFYC commit themselves to several preliminary rehearsal days and the concert during festival week. 

This year's TCF Youth Choir performances

The main concert for the TCF Youth Choir in 2016 is a performance on the morning of Friday 29 July in Gloucester Cathedral of Rossini’s sparkling Petite Messe solennelle, with its unique sound-world created by the accompanying ensemble of piano duet and harmonium. It will be conducted by Geraint Bowen.  Sopranos and altos also have the opportunity to sing in the closing concert of this year's festival, Mahler’s Symphony No 8, the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, on the evening of 30 July, also in Gloucester Cathedral. 

Rehearsals this year take place 25 - 30 July, all in Gloucester and mainly at Gloucester Academy of Music, Barbican Road, Gloucester GL1 2JF.

How to apply

The application form for the 2016 TCFYC can be downloaded HERE. Applicants will receive full details of the choir's rehearsals and performances in Gloucester during festival week 23-30 July.

If you have any questions about the TCF Youth Choir please email its administrator, Kate Whitson


Previous performances

In 2011 at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival the youth choir sang Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra to an audience of over 1,100.

The equally successful performance at the Hereford Festival 2012 of Fauré’s Requiem and the world premiere of a festival commission by Dobrinka Tabakova, Centuries of Meditation, was conducted by David Hill, Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and Artistic Director of the Bach Choir, and accompanied by the Orchestra of the Swan. The choir was awarded the Cultural Olympiad’s ‘Inspire’ mark in 2010 and 2012 to denote an outstanding project that contributed to the lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

TCFYC performed two short works by Benjamin Britten and the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé in the 2013 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, conducted by Geraint Bowen and accompanied by organist David Goode. In Worcester in 2014 they performed works by Paul Mealor and Joseph Phibbs and the Mass in G minor by Vaughan Williams, conducted by Adrian Partington. Members of the Youth Choir also took part in a performance of Elgar's The Apostles in 2014 with the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra.

In Hereford in 2015 TCFYC performed Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bob Chilcott's Requiem, conducted by Peter Nardone; rehearsals in the previous week at the Hereford Academy included a workshop day led by Bob Chilcott.