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.