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Kent Youth Choir & Kent Youth Singers

The Kent Youth Choir (KYC), founded in 1983, is the principal senior youth choir comprising of talented and committed musicians between the ages of 14 and 21. The choir performs advanced choral music from a large variety of genres and periods. The group meets at residential courses in the three main school holiday periods, offering the opportunity to study and rehearse music in a focused and creative environment. The choir have performed in highly renowned venues throughout Kent.

The Kent Youth Singers (KYS) was 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 from across the county are selected by audition. With experience gained in this group, many members go on to audition successfully for membership of the Kent Youth Choir.

Audition to join the Senior Choirs

For 14-21 year olds, the Kent Youth Choir and Kent Youth Singers meet three times a year for residential courses in each major holiday and perform in end of course concerts across the county. Entry to the choirs is by audition – please contact Valerie Cordina at vcordina@kent-music.com if you would like further information.

Repertoire

Kent Youth Choir sings music from wide variety of genres and periods ranging from J. S. Bach, to Faure, to Rogers and Hammerstein. Singers will have the opportunity to experience different musical cultures, sing in different languages and sing in up to sixteen-part harmony.

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

KYC caters for advanced students with previous choral experience and sight-singing ability. Singers in KYS will have a good sense of pitch and rhythm, experience of singing in harmony and some degree of sight-singing ability. Members are selected by audition. Many of our members 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. Under the guidance of leading choral conductors and vocal specialists, members are coached in developing their vocal skills and improving their overall musicianship.

Conductors

The Kent Youth Choir is currently led by conductor Ben Rous and accompanist John Hayden.

The Kent Youth Singers are led by conductor Ciara Considine, an excellent musician with vast experience of 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.

Courses

Three residential courses are held throughout the year at winter, spring and summer holiday periods. These courses provide an invaluable setting for focused 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.

How much does it cost?

£25 per day for non-residential courses and £50 per day for residential courses. To find out if you are eligible to apply for a bursary, please visit our Financial Assistance page.