Hallé Youth Choir

Established in 2003 and recognised as one of the country’s leading mixed-voice youth choirs, the Hallé Youth Choir is for talented young singers, aged 13-19 years, across the North West. The Youth Choir usually performs with the Hallé and a variety of other ensembles, as well as independently. Each summer, members enjoy a residential course and tour with visits recently to Italy, Dublin, Belgium, Scotland, Paris and Barcelona.

Applications for the 2022-23 season is now open:

The Youth Choir covers a wide range of diverse repertoire with recent highlights including: the re-opening of Hallé St Peter’s, a hub for Hallé Connect, all our activity away from the concert platform including the Youth Choir; taking part in the Hallé’s Beethoven 250 celebrations; the music from Star Wars and Harry Potter; appearances at the BBC Proms and a tour to London; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in York Minster; and a performance with Snow Patrol on BBC Sport Relief. The Youth Choir was honoured to sing at the National Civic Memorial Service for the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack.

The Youth Choir features on several of the Hallé’s own label recordings, Elbow’s album ‘build a rocket boys!’, subsequently performing with the Manchester band on Comic Relief and Later … with Jools Holland, and more recently on Mercury Prize nominated artist C Duncan’s latest album.

When the pandemic forced the arts to stop performing in March 2020, the Hallé Youth Choir continued to sing and rehearsed online and in small-groups when permitted. Virtual performances included Moses Hogan’s We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace and the Hallé’s Christmas offering in 2020. A socially-distanced summer course was also possible in July 2021 and was the first time the choir had sung together since March 2020.

Members were delighted to return to full rehearsals in September 2021 at Hallé St. Peter’s and were quickly preparing for a full concert season, including the Hallé Carol Concerts, Harry Potter Pops in December. Highlights in 2022 include a debut performance at the Hallé St. Peter’s Chamber Series, the annual Hallé Youth Ensembles Concert and a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony alongside Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé and Hallé Choir.

Planning is also underway for a summer tour in 2022 – the first summer trip since 2019 – and members are excited for a concert tour of the Cambridge and Suffolk region.

The Hallé Concerts Society is very grateful to The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Zochonis Charitable Trust, PZ Cussons 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. 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.

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.

Contact us

For all Hallé Youth Choir enquiries, please contact Isabelle Orford on isabelle.orford@halle.co.uk.

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