Kent Youth Singers

The Kent Youth Singers (KYS) were formed in response to the great demand for places in the Kent Youth Choir. Membership of this lively and talented choir, aged 14–21 years is highly sought after and members are selected by audition from across the county. With experience gained in this group, many members go on to audition successfully for membership of the Kent Youth Choir.

 

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Audition to join the Senior Choirs 

For 14-21 year olds, the Kent Youth Singers and Kent Youth Choir meet for three-day residential courses in each major holiday and perform at termly concerts across the county. Entry to the choirs is by audition. Audition slots are available on the dates above, between 11am and 3pm – please contact Valerie Cordina at vcordina@kent-music.com to arrange a time and talk through requirements. Please note that bursaries are available to those who meet requirements, in order to cover residential course costs.

Repertoire

The Kent Youth Singers study and perform music from a wide variety of periods and genres with a focus on increasing young singers’ understanding of choral repertoire and allowing them to experience different cultures and languages through music and singing. Composers can range from Thomas Tallis to Bill Withers with many in between!

Standard

Singers in KYS will have a good sense of pitch and rhythm, experience of singing in harmony, and some degree of sight-singing ability. Membership is by audition.

Conductors

The Kent Youth Singers are led by conductor Ciara Considine, an excellent musician with vast experience in choral singing and working with young people. The Youth Singers also work with vocal specialists and guest conductors of international repute which have included Mark De-Lisser from the ACM Gospel Choir.

For more about our conductors and artists, click here.

Courses

Three residential courses are held throughout the year at Christmas, Easter and Summer holiday periods. These courses provide an invaluable setting for focussed vocal rehearsal and study but also provide a creative social environment where singers can meet like-minded people and take part in peer directed musical activities. Our upcoming course dates are:

Summer 2017: 20-23 July 2017, Benenden School, Cranbrook; concert on 23 July 2017 at Benenden School, Cranbrook

Contact us

For further information regarding auditions, membership, vacancies or booking of the County Youth Choirs please contact the Choirs Manager, Liz Samson on esamson@kent-music.com or the County Groups Administrator, Valerie Cordina on vcordina@kent-music.com or 01622 358402.