Bradford Catholic Youth Choir comprises three separate choirs for boys and girls, and is supported by St. Bede’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic College and St. Joseph’s Church, Bradford. The choirs have around 100 members rehearsing weekly during term time, with Junior Choir, Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs based at St. Bede’s and St. Joseph’s.  Due to Covid restrictions they are currently rehearsing at St. Walburga’s Church in Shipley. The choirs provide expert vocal tuition 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; they were delighted to broadcast the 2019 Christmas Day Mass live on BBC One, and their most recent tour to Rome saw them sing for Masses at St Peter’s and the other Papal Basilicas, and the Venerable English College.

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 were 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 the critically acclaimed ‘English Coronation’ recording and performance with the Gabrieli Consort and a number of other leading youth choirs in Ely Cathedral.

Members of our after school choirs are drawn from Schools Singing Programme sessions within local schools. If our team of Choral Directors do not visit your child’s school and they are interested in joining one of our choirs, please contact us at office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk or 0113 244 8634 to arrange an audition.   

 

After brilliant boys and young t/b rehearsals yesterday, we had the Junior and Senior Girls Choirs back at the cathedral - a really free sound with so much potential! Massive thanks to @MulofVoyCIC for their Upper Voices anthology...we sang Panufnik and Boulanger 🎶🎵🎵🎶

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Our Director and Assistant Director of the Schools Singing Programme @thomas_leech and @charlottemezzo shared their huge experience and insights at @abcdtweets Choral Leaders Festival earlier today - how to max out the impact of starters, warm-ups and transition songs...

Absolutely blown away by @DOLMusic on @BBCLeeds my two children are featured in the Ave Maria later on. But the other choirs sound incredible and it’s being heard nationwide on local radio. V proud

On the Feast of the Assumption the BBC local radio Sunday Service comes from Leeds Cathedral and Schools Singing Programme, including @bcw_cat Bradford Catholic Youth Choir and two of the cathedral choirs - including pupils from @CHCHSLeeds and @notredamecoll @ThinkNotreDame

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Throwback to a fortnight ago when 600 melodicas arrived from Japan! We are all incredibly excited about our new whole class keyboard provision and can’t wait to share more melodica news with you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Amazing singing from even the youngest children at St. Joseph's yesterday. We are so privileged in the Schools Singing Programme to witness this joyful sound. ... See MoreSee Less
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We've had a lovely week with staff training and our choirs starting to return. Yesterday we had a great start with the Cathedral Boys Choir and our tenor and bass Schools Scholars. Today the Junior and Senior Girls Choirs returned - we are SO grateful to Multitude of Voyces for the amazing donation of their Upper Voices anthology, thank you! We read through some beautiful music by Roxanna Panufnik and Lili Boulanger 🎶🎵🎵🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
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It was brilliant to welcome the team back after the summer break with a full staff choir at today’s 11am Mass. What a beautiful sound our staff, old and new, make together. Here’s to a great new academic year! ... See MoreSee Less
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