Introducing the Cornwall County Choirs!
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The Cornwall Music Education Hub has a network of choirs operating throughout Cornwall, for boys and girls from age 8 up to 19. All our choirs are led by experienced vocal specialists and have numerous performance opportunities. Our choirs are open to singers aged 8-19 who attend school/college in Cornwall. There is an annual membership fee of £80 (£100 for the youth choir), payable in September each year (subsidies are available for children on Free School Meals, Children in Care and Children of Services Families).
The Cornwall County Youth Choir
The Cornwall County Youth Choir is a relatively new Choir managed and organised by the Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH), directed by Angela Renshaw, with Julia Knight-Bennett as Assistant Director and our choir voice mentors.
Although the choir was only recently established in April 2016 the choir have performed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Truro Cathedral, and Hall for Cornwall and have worked with members of the BBC Singers. Several of its members [performed in this year’s opening night of the BBC Proms on July 14th as part of the Proms Youth Chorus. The choir also performed as a guest choir with Brit Award winners ‘Blake’ in the Hall for Cornwall in July 2017.
The Cornwall County Youth Choir rehearses once a month between September and April on Saturdays and Sundays at Truro High School for Girls between 10.00-4.00pm.
The afternoon sessions are then spent rehearsing in Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass Baritone sections as well as full choir. We perform an eclectic range of songs across all vocal genres.
Cornwall Boys and Cornwall Girls Choirs
Membership for these choirs is through an audition process and there will be an annual membership fee of £80. The choirs operate around the whole county, in local satellite rehearsal groups, coming together for mass rehearsals, showcase events and concerts. All choirs sing a varied repertoire of music.
Cornwall Boys Choir
Cornwall Boys Choir is a treble voice choir, for boys in year 4 upwards, through to approximately year 9, once voice change occurs.
CBC was established in 2008 and operates with 5 local satellite rehearsal groups, now established in Truro, St Dennis, Saltash, Penryn and Penzance. Each local rehearsal group meets fortnightly for 1 hour (usually in evenings). All satellite groups meet up for a mass choir rehearsal once a month for a whole Saturday afternoon of singing.
Cornwall Girls Choir
This choir is for girls from year 5 upwards, through to end of year 8, from across Cornwall. Girls do not need to be able to read music to qualify for CGC. Schools have been asked to identify students that they wish to put forward for CGC. There will also be open auditions.
CGC operates in local satellite rehearsal groups in West, Mid, North and East Cornwall. Each local rehearsal group meets once every two weeks (twice monthly) for 1 hour and then all groups meet up for a mass choir rehearsal.
If your son or daughter is invited to join the choir following the audition, please send a completed membership form to the the CMEH office.
Annual Membership Fees
The current annual fee for the County Boys and Girls Choirs is £80. The annual fee for the Cornwall County Youth Choir is £100. Please note that the annual membership fee must be paid in before rehearsals start in September and is not refundable in the event of members leaving the choirs.
Subsidised Membership Fees
The CMEH offers a 50% subsidy on the annual membership fee for students who meet one of the following criteria:
- Currently eligible for Free School Meals (eligibility will be checked against the council central register)
- Child of currently serving personnel of British Armed Forces (please provide proof will completed membership form)
- Child in care
All members of the Cornwall County Choirs will receive a Choir T Shirt as part of their membership fee. Additional shirts can be bought by contacting the Hub office - CMEH@cornwall.gov.uk
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