Hallé Youth Training Choir

Hallé Youth Training Choir is for promising young singers aged 13-15 who want to develop their musical and vocal skills in a friendly environment.

The Hallé Youth Training Choir, established in 2011, offers promising young singers aged 13-15 (academic years 9-11) a chance to develop their musicianship in a non-pressured training environment, allowing time for their voices to change naturally whilst still learning and rehearsing. Members study a selection of repertoire designed to support their musical and singing development throughout the year.

Applications for the 2022-23 season is now open:

The Hallé Youth Training Choir regularly appears in the Hallé’s Christmas Cracker concert and the Youth Ensembles concert, both in The Bridgewater Hall.

Recent performances have included performances at Quarry Bank Mill, alongside the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir as part of the Manchester Histories Festival at Manchester Central Library, and performances of the Manchester Peace Song Cycle (a new work by ten female composers, with lead composer Nicola LeFanu) at Heaton Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music.

When the pandemic forced the arts to stop performing in March 2020, the Hallé Youth Training Choir continued to sing and rehearse online. The choir produced a virtual performance of Balulalow for Christmas 2020. A socially-distanced summer course was held at Hallé St Peter’s in July 2021 and culminated in filmed live performances in the Bridgewater Hall. This was the first time the choir had sung together since March 2020.

The Youth Training Choir returned to full, in-person rehearsals in September 2021 and members were delighted to resume music-making together and begin preparations for the season ahead.

The Youth Training Choir also enjoy summer activities: in June 2019 the choir embarked on a music-making weekend at Kingswood Adventure Centre in Doncaster and plans are underway for a return visit this June, the first trip since 2019. In the summer of 2017 the choir travelled to Co Durham with the Youth Choir and Youth Orchestra for a week-long residential and home-coming performance at the Stoller Hall, Manchester.

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

Join us

Hallé Youth Training Choir membership is for promising young singers aged 13 to 15 years (in school years 9 – 11) who want to learn more about music and singing.

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.

Contact us

For all Hallé Youth Training Choir enquiries, please contact Edgar Divver on edgar.divver@halle.co.uk.

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