Hallé Children’s Choir Director
The founding Hallé Children’s Choir Director, Shirley Court is nationally known for her ability to motivate and inspire young singers of all ages and capabilities. In 2006 she was awarded with an Honorary Degree from the University of Leicester for her work as a conductor of Youth Choirs and Music in Schools.
Whilst in Leicestershire her award-winning girls’ choir, The Chanterelles, won the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Youth Choir section and were runners up in the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year Competition. In 2009 the Chanterelles re-formed as a ladies choir and won the Ladies category at the 2010 Eisteddfod. Now made up of 50 young ladies, the choir performs three or four times a year.
Shirley has conducted the Massed Choir of 600 voices at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth’s School Prom on three occasions and was the conductor of the Senior Girls and Junior CBSO Youth Choruses from 1995 until 2009. She acts as a consultant on many National Singing initiatives, delivers INSET courses for teachers and runs singing days for children and young people. Shirley is delighted to be the Programme Leader for the Hallé Leading School Choirs Course for all teachers who run school choirs.