County Youth Choir (CYCh)

The County Youth Choir in performance at the Music for Youth Regional Festival, Cripps Hall March 2015

About the County Youth Choir (CYCh)

Conductor: Beth HodgsonThe County Youth Choir is the senior choir of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the Richard Coles Hall at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6:45pm to 9pm. The director for the 2018 to 2019 season is Beth Hodgson.

Formed in 1990 by David Bray as the County Chamber Choir, the Youth Choir is a 4 part SATB choir. They quickly established a national reputation and in 1993 were chosen to be Classic FM's featured choir and in 1996 appeared at the Royal Festival Hall in a 75th Birthday Concert for Malcolm Arnold.

Under the direction of Stephen Meakins, Katherine Cook, Graham Tear and now Beth Hodgson, the choir has continued their development growing from strength to strength.

They have travelled on tour to Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium and have appeared at the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth and Sainsbury's Choir of the Year. In the summer of 2016 they travelled to Spain with the County Youth Orchestra and in the summer of 2018 they travelled to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Listen to the Youth Choir in performance

Concert tours

Recent letters to members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. Please see the auditions page for further information.