Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir

The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir was formed in 2010, when over 40 singers took part in the first concert in Tewkesbury Abbey. The choir is made up of keen singers aged 14-25 who join us from around the county and beyond.

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. It is a busy and rewarding experience and many participants are keen to return for another year. Members of the Youth Choir commit themselves to several preliminary rehearsal days and the concert during festival week. 

The 2017 Performance

This year, the Youth Choir will join forces with the choristers of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester cathedrals, soloists Lorna Anderson, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Davies, and the Philharmonia Orchestra for a performance of Jonathan Dove's There Was a Child and Fauré Requiem on the evening of Thursday 27 July 2017. 

You can listen to an excerpt from There Was a Child HERE

Rehearsals will take place on Monday 24 - Wednesday 26 July in St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Worcester.

How to Apply

To sign up for the 2017 Youth Choir, please APPLY ONLINE . Applications are welcome at any time but if you apply after Friday 26 May 2017 we regret your name will not be in our printed programme.

Please note that the parents of participants under the age of 18 will also be asked to complete a consent form. This, along with further details of rehearsals and performance, will be sent to Youth Choir members after application. 

Youth Choir members are also welcome to request VOLUNTEERING roles, which can be arranged around the Youth Choir schedule, and to take advantage of standby tickets subject to availability. 

If you have any questions about the Youth Choir please contact Lucy Potter

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

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. 2016 saw the Youth Choir give a sparkling account of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle in Gloucester Cathedral, conducted by Geraint Bowen.