Bristol Youth Choir


Bristol Youth Choir is made up of three choirs with over a hundred and twenty young people from all over Bristol performing choral music of all styles. Giving up to five concerts a year, the Bristol Youth Choir have also appeared on BBC Breakfast, The One Show, BBC One’s Songs of Praise and in 2015 broadcast on Radio 3 and BBC Bristol as part of BBC Music Day 2015. Bristol Youth Choir is honoured to be one of Bristol Beacon’s Young Companies in Residence alongside the Bristol Youth Orchestra and for the last three years have taken part in Bristol International Jazz Festival. In 2015 the BYC gave a concert on five fishing boats in the middle of Leigh Woods for the National Trust as part of Luke Jerram’s Withdrawn project. The choirs are directed by David Ogden, Martin Le Poidevin and Elinor Cooper.

The Junior Choir is made up of 80 singers aged from 7-12. The choir aims to foster a love of singing in its members by helping to read music and sing parts in a fun and relaxed way, whilst always aiming for the highest standards. Rehearsals are split into three groups: Starters; Girls and Boys, who perform separately and together. Singers in school years 6 and 7 also form an Intermediate Choir which develops music reading and vocal technique and prepares them for the Senior choirs. In 2014 the Junior choir sang for the BBC Food and Farming Awards on BBC Radio 4 and live on the Clare Balding Show on BBC Radio 2. They have given concerts for Open Doors Day, The Rotary Club, Southmead Hospital and this year will be performing with young singers from South Africa as part of Project Zulu.

Juniors: Fridays, 4.30pm-6pm
Intermediates: Fridays, 4.30pm-6.30pm

The Senior choirs have both a girls and boys section aged from 12-19. Rehearsing and performing both separately and together and sing a wide repertoire from part-songs, close harmony, spirituals and anthems to large-scale classical works. All members are given vocal coaching to develop their confidence and singing technique. In 2014 they performed at the High Sheriff’s Concert in Bristol Cathedral and, in 2015 with John Rutter and the City of Bristol Choir in a performance of music by Rutter and Jonathan Dove at Bristol Beacon. This year the Senior choirs will sing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a performance of The Little Mass by James MacMillan in Poole and in Bristol.

Senior Boys: Fridays, 5.15pm-7pm
Senior Girls: Fridays, 6.10pm-8pm

Group Day Times Age Cost (per 2 terms)
Junior/Intermediate Choir Fri 4:30pm – 6:30pm 7-12 £45.00
Boys Senior Choir Fri 5:15pm – 7:00pm 12-19 £45.00
Girls Senior Choir Fri 6:10pm – 8:00pm 12-19 £64.00


We manage registrations for Bristol Youth Choir through SpeedAdmin our registration portal.

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We are pleased to announce the Young Companies in Residence Bursary Awards for members of the Bristol Youth Orchestra and Bristol Youth Choir.

For more information about the choir, please contact: | 0117 204 7140

“I’ve rarely seen a choir so focused” – Charles Hazlewood, Conductor

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