BCYC comprises four 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 Choirs in Bradford and Keighley, and Senior Boys’ and Senior Girls’ Choirs based at St. Bede’s and St. Joseph’s. 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.
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 a recording and performance with the Gabrielis and a number of other leading youth choirs in Ely Cathedral.