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Victoria Longdon - Hertfordshire County Youth choir (720x509)

Director: Victoria Longdon
Age range: 13 - 18 years

The County Youth Choir meets most Wednesdays during the autumn, spring and summer terms from 5.30pm – 7.30pm in Hatfield.

Recognised as one of Britain's leading youth choirs, Hertfordshire's County Youth Choir specialises in singing good, challenging and varied choral repertoire. Singers who join the choir come from a variety of musical backgrounds. Weekly rehearsals incorporate specialised tuition in voice production and ear training. The ability to sight-read is not a prerequisite for joining the choir. All singers, regardless of previous choral experience, improve their sight-reading skills rapidly. The boys in the choir meet regularly with the choir's male voice tutor who addresses the needs of changing voices. There are numerous opportunities for solo and small ensemble singing as well as opportunities to conduct.

The choir participates in frequent collaborations with guest conductors, composers and instrumental ensembles, as well as with other choirs. In the past these have included concerts with The BBC Concert Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. Joint concerts have taken place most years with Berkshire's Taplow Youth Choirs, Cantate & Surrey Youth Choir.  Guest conductors and workshop leaders have included Ben Parry, Ralph Allwood, Ken Burton, Terry Edwards and Gillian Dibden.

The choir was previously selected to take part in the Gabrieli ROAR project, singing in the Gabrieli Consort and Player's concert An English Coronation, alongside youth choirs from around the United Kingdom. The County Youth Choir shared the stage with a massed choir and a 70-piece orchestra of the Gabrieli Players. They will sing again in the Gabrieli Roar concert in November 2021.

The County Youth Choir's reputation leads to unexpected prestigious invitations, sometimes at short notice, so they may not always appear in our yearly plans.

Many of the singers in the choir attend the Eton Choral courses during the summer and belong to the National Youth Choir and National Youth Music Theatre. Many go on to a variety of institutions for further vocal and drama training including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Oxbridge as choral and organ scholars, LIPA, as well as drama and music departments in the country's leading universities and colleges.

Forthcoming Events

  • Sunday 3rd October - Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival Concert with Cantate performing ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ – Britten and ‘Vielle priere bouddhique’ - Lili Boulanger.  
  • Saturday 13th November - Gabrieli Roar concert. Haydn The Creation with Gabrieli Consort at Ely Cathedral
  • Wednesday 1st December - Informal end of term concert

Auditions applications are accepted all year round! We'd love to hear from you, register!

Recent Events

Summer 2021: 30th JuneInformal end of term outdoor concert to parents at Mid Herts Centre for Music & Arts

Hertfordshire Schools' Gala 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunday 8th March 1.45pm and 7.45pm

Autumn 2019: 22nd September open rehearsal with Monteverdi; 30th November - 1st December Residential at Academy Residences St Albans, with concert on 1st December (Semi-staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas) with musicians from the English Baroque Soloists

CBeebies Prom: Royal Albert Hall, 20th, 21st, 22nd July 2019
Members of CYC rehearsed and performed at this filmed Prom for BBC's CBeebies. 

Repertoire included:
Puccini Humming Chorus; Zimmer Earth

CONCERT 'From The Heart': St Peter's Church, St Albans Saturday 23rd March 2019 7pm - joint concert with choirs from Dame Alice Owen's School.
Conductor Victoria Longdon
Accompanist Martin Sanders-Hewett
Repertoire included:
Earth Wind and Fire September; Morley Fyer Fyer; Des Prez El Grillo; Lauridsen Chansons des Roses. Joint with Dame Alice Owen's Choirs: Arr. Longdon Seasons of Love

CONCERT St Francis of Assisi Church, Welwyn Garden City Saturday 24th November 2018 7pm
Conductor Victoria Longdon
Accompanist Martin Sanders-Hewett
Cello Doraly Gill; Violin Hasan Isingor
Repertoire included:
J.S. Bach's Jesu Meine Freude; Mauersberger's Wie Liegt Die Stadt So Wust; Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine and Nocturne No.6 in D Flat; Cecilia McDowall's Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo 

Hertfordshire Schools' Gala 2018 in Royal Albert Hall, Sunday 11th March 1.45pm and 7.45pm
David Wilcocks Sing (after Widor's Toccata)
Will Todd If I Had Wings - Commissioned for this world premiere performance
David Bowie (arr. Basford) Starman
Joey Tempest (arr. Basford) The Final Countdown

CONCERT in St George's Chapel, St George's School, Saturday 25th November 2017 7pm
Conductor Victoria Longdon
Accompanist Martin Sanders-Hewett
SoloistsTom Isherwood & Benjamin Carnell
Repertoire included:
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantastia on Christmas Carols & Wassail Song; John Tavener's A Christmas Choral Collection; Will Todd's My Lord Has Come 

CONCERT in St Peter's Church, St Albans, Saturday 11th March 7pm, with the Gabrieli Consort, Cantate and the Taplow Youth Choir.

Repertoire:
Haydn Harmoniemesse

CONCERT Saturday 3rd December 2017, St John's Church Boxmoor, 7.30pm 
Conductor Victoria Longdon
Piano Alex Montaque & Martin Sanders-Hewett
Kit Jeremiah Joshua Wallace 
Electric Bass
Shannon St. Luce
Repertoire:
Burton Rivers of Babylon & Feel the Spirit
Harvey Battle of Jericho
Jackson/Milner and Smith Higher and Higher 
Simone I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free 
Hawkins/Read Going up a Yonder
Campbell/Burrell Can't Give up Now
Houston I Wanna Dance with Somebody 
Smallwood arr. Doreen Rao Total Praise 
Franklin arr. Dan Galbraith Hosanna 
Ashford and Simpson Ain't No Mountain High Enough  

CONCERT Monday 4th July 2016, 7pm in Ely Cathedral 
Conductor Paul McCreesh 
Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer  
Wesley Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace 
Wesley Blessed be the God and Father  
Elgar Give unto the Lord 
Howells Gloucester Service Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis 

Summer Residential 2nd - 4th July 2016 in Cambridge as part of the Gabrieli Roar Project.

County Activites Team contact information

Email: countymusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Tel.: 01992 555093

We are based at Hertfordshire Music Service Central Office, Mid-Herts Centre for Music & Arts, Birchwood Avenue, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0PS.

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