Looking for an activity for the kids which will give them new skills, independence and self-confidence, not to mention new friendships and some once-in-a-lifetime experiences? Then look no further, Peterborough Youth Choir provides all this – and more – to children aged 7 and upwards. Better yet, it’s completely free!
With school music budgets in decline and less and less time for music in the curriculum, singing might seem an unfashionable choice, but nothing could be further from the truth! Peterborough Youth Choir provides professional tuition and exceptional performance opportunities to over 60 members aged between 7 and 19, from schools across the city and beyond! Peterborough Youth Choir has collaborated with stellar musicians including the King’s Singers, The Band of the RAF Regiment and the BBC Concert Orchestra, among many others. In 2015, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, they premiered Hawks and Horses, a specially-commissioned work by composer Errollyn Wallen, at prestigious classical music venue St Johns Smith Square in London.
In 2013 and 2015, in partnership with Bill Kenwright Ltd, members of Peterborough Youth Choir performed in the national tours of Evita starring Marti Pellow, Joseph and his Tecnicolour Dream Coat starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Dreamboats and Petticoats: The Christmas Party. Their performances are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and in 2016 they were featured on BBC One’s Songs of Praise. Always a highlight of the choir’s schedule is their annual residential weekend at Buckden Towers every February half term, which – as well as being lots of remarkable progress in a very short period of time (even if they haven’t always had much sleep!). This year, the Peterborough Youth Choir boys participated in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, competing and performing in Truro’s Hall for Cornwall alongside some of the world’s leading boys’ choirs as well as singing informally at the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Directed by William Prideaux, Peterborough Youth Choir has an excellent track-record of preparing singers for regional and national opportunities. Several members have successfully auditioned for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, while others have gone on to specialist music schools and gained places with Durham Cathedral Choir and the choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Rehearsals are at All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Road, Peterborough PE1 2UL on Wednesdays during term time from 4-6.30pm, supervised by a team of enhanced DBS checked chaperones. The choir is split into three groups: junior, intermediate and senior so that singers can rehearse at their own level and progress through the choir as they develop musically.
New members are always welcome! So what are you waiting for? Get the kids signed up now and you could be watching them perform live on stage at the Broadway Theatre this Christmas. And next year…who knows?
Peterborough Youth Choir is now recruiting. For further information email or call Jo on 01733 425194. ● With Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir is part of the Peterborough Sings! family of choirs, directed by William Prideaux.