Hallé Youth Choir

The Hallé Youth Choir was established in 2003 and is recognised as one of the leading mixed-voice youth choirs in the country. The Youth Choir rehearses weekly during term-time on Sunday afternoons and membership is for talented young singers across the North West region, aged 13-19 years. As well as appearing with the Hallé and a variety of other ensembles, the Youth Choir also performs independently. Each summer, members enjoy a residential course and tour with visits in recent years to Italy, Dublin, Belgium, Scotland and Paris.

Performances in the Hallé’s 2016-17 season include the celebrated Carol Concerts and, in March, the annual Hallé Ensembles matinee performance and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, part of the Elgar Festival. This summer’s residential course will take place at Barnard Castle School, County Durham.

Since its creation the Youth Choir has covered a wide range of diverse repertoire. Highlights from the 2015-16 season included Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at The Bridgewater Hall with Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic, and opening the Hallé’s Dvorák Festival with some little known Moravian Duets. The Youth Choir also performed Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at the 2015 BBC Proms.

The Youth Choir has taken part in several recording projects on the Hallé’s own label including A Christmas Celebration, Colin Matthews’ Crossing the Alps and the Gramophone award-winning recording of Elgar’s The Apostles. The Youth Choir sang on Elbow’s album ‘Build a rocket boys’ and subsequently performed with the Manchester band on ‘Comic Relief’ and ‘Later … with Jools Holland’.

The Hallé Concerts Society is very grateful to Help Musicians UK, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and many individual benefactors for their continued support of the Youth Choir.

Join us

Hallé Youth Choir membership is for talented young singers aged 13 to 19 years who feel confident at reading music and love the excitement of contributing to a choir.

Members are expected to commit to rehearsals on Sunday afternoons in Manchester during the autumn and spring terms from September 2016. There are no activities during the study leave period of May and June. Youth Choir members are also expected to attend a residential course and/or tour during the summer holidays of 2017.

Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the choir. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate.

Limited bursaries are available through an application process to help cover the costs of residential courses, tours and travel to rehearsals and concerts. The Hallé is grateful to the Oglesby Charitable Trust for the bursary fund.

We have now finished recruiting for the 2016-17 season. Details will be posted here of how to join for 2017-18 in early 2017.

Contact us

For all Hallé Youth Choir enquiries, please contact Youth Ensembles Administrator, Isabelle Orford on isabelle.orford@halle.co.uk or call 0161 907 9036.