The following County choral groups exist to support talented and enthusiastic singers in Kent:
Many members of the youth choirs receive individual music lessons, both vocal and instrumental, through Kent Music. Many have gone on to study music at college and university and some have enjoyed success as solo performers. Most have followed careers in areas other than music but continue to enjoy music-making as an important leisure activity.
Throughout the County Youth Choirs programme of education, attention is given to promotion of members’ vocal skills and of their understanding and interpretation of musical notation along with the monitoring of individuals’ vocal development and general progress. This takes place under the guidance of the choirs specialist vocal coaches.
For further information regarding auditions, membership, vacancies or booking of the County Youth Choirs, please contact the Choirs’ Administrator, Valerie Cordina, at Kent Music on 01622 358402.
KYC, the County’s principal youth choir, gives opportunities for choral singing at an advanced level to talented and committed musicians between the ages of 16 and 21. Residential courses are held in the 3 main school holiday periods, when music of varying styles and from many periods and countries is studied at depth in preparation for public performances, under the direction of visiting conductors of international repute including Scott Stroman, Bob Chilcott and David Lawrence. The choir regularly takes part in concerts throughout Kent and has performed at all of the major concert venues in London.
KYS was formed in response to the great demand for places in the Kent Youth Choir. Membership of this lively and talented mixed choir, aged 16 to 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 KYC. A varied programme of music from a variety of musical genres is studied during the 3 residential courses that the Singers share with the Choir each year.
KCJC was formed following the great success of the first 3-day residential singing courses for junior and younger secondary school pupils held at Benenden School and the enthusiasm these courses engendered. Members are from all areas of the county, and should be in school years 7-9. The choir is led by choral and vocal specialists who also teach music in the county’s schools and Kent Music centres.
The choir meets for rehearsal one Saturdays a month during term time (10am-4pm). In addition, a 3 day residential course takes place at Benenden School during the summer. KCJC is in great demand to take part in concerts throughout Kent. The choir has also performed in the National Festival for Youth at the Royal Festival Hall.
KCJC Chamber Choir, a subsidiary of the Junior Choir and offers further experience to those selected to join, they perform at KCJC concerts.
The singers in KCJS should be in school years 4-6. This group aims to communicate to children the sheer joy of singing, leading them to understand the delight of the emotional and dramatic response they are capable of giving and receiving.
KCJS meets for 11 rehearsal days per year and members also take part in a 3-day residential course in the summer. They have taken part in concerts in Gillingham, Rochester and Medway Festivals, other concerts in Kent, the Schools’ Prom at the Royal Albert Hall which have proved to be a great success both musically and socially.
Throughout their time in KCJS and KCJC, our young singers are musically guided and educated in the art of choral singing and general musicianship, providing an ideal stepping-stone to the more senior choirs.