Bradford Catholic Youth Choir
The Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme is recognised as the UK’s leading Catholic singing provision, reaching around 4000 children across the Diocese every week. Music, and singing in particular, enhances learning; improving mental and physical well-being, building cohesion and as shown by recent academic studies, contributing to learning development in areas across the curriculum. As part of this programme, St Bede's and St Joseph's supports Bradford Catholic Youth Choir, alongside weekly singing provision in the college's feeder primary schools.
BCYC has around 100 members rehearsing weekly during term time, with Junior Choirs in Bradford and Keighley, and Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ Choirs based at the IGNIS site. The choirs provide expert vocal tuition, including individual vocal coaching, and the opportunity to take part in Masses (sung regularly at St Joseph’s Church in Bradford and at other churches in the Bradford and Keighley Deaneries), concerts, competitions, recordings and broadcasts on both BBC Radio and television. Many choir members go on to take lead roles in SBSJ productions using the vocal skills they gain in our weekly rehearsals!
Past performances have included singing for Pope Benedict at the Beatification of Cardinal Newman, a number of tours including taking part in the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, orchestral performances including Mahler’s Symphony 8 with the Orchestra of Opera North and Paco Pena’s flamenco Requiem por la Tierra. They are the first Northern choir invited to take part in the Gabrieli Consort's youth choir training programme, Gabrieli Roar, and have given a number of concerts with the world-famous consort - in July 2018 senior members of the choirs took part in a professional recording and performance with the Gabrielis, symphony orchestra and a number of other leading youth choirs in Ely Cathedral. The CD will be released shortly. They will be the choir for the BBC One live broadcast of Christmas Day Mass from St Joseph's Church in Bradford in 2019, and are currently planning a choir tour to Rome for November 2019.
The choirs welcome new members - you don't need to be an experienced singer, we look for and develop potential! Please contact the Diocese of Leeds Music Department for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org / 0113 244 8634 / www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk
Girls' Choir - Mondays, 4-5.30pm, Theatre, IGNIS site
Junior Choir (children in Y3-Y6) - Wednesdays, 4-5pm, Music Room, IGNIS site
Boys' Choir - Thursdays, 4-5.30pm - Theatre, IGNIS site