Millennium Youth Choir

The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir is a very high standard auditioned training choir for young people aged 16–23. This span of ages, from school years through college and beyond, encourages ongoing development of musical skills amongst choir members, as well as friendships that will last a lifetime.

Its programme of training days, cathedral visits and residential courses allows the choir to experience music of all styles and periods. From Gregorian chant, through the Renaissance masters and the towering challenges of J S Bach, their repertoire stretches on to newly commissioned works in a variety of genres.

Individual musical and vocal tuition is a key feature of courses and events, along with regular opportunities to record and broadcast. The choir currently works principally with Adrian Lucas (Head of Choral Studies) but also relishes the opportunity to work with other leading choral directors during the course of the year.

Founded in 2000 at the instigation of Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, it offers a wonderful opportunity for young singers to sing the widest and most exciting range of sacred music in worship to the highest standards.

Email or phone 01722 424843 for further information.

Dates for 2021–2022 academic year will be published in the Autumn.


Q.  Who can apply?

A. MYC is open to singers aged 16–23 who are Individual/Student members of the RSCM, or members of an affiliated church or choir. The annual programme is musically demanding, so singers at about RSCM Gold Award level (above ABRSM Grade 7) are likely to be at the right standard to apply, and members are required to attend 90% of the year’s events.

Q.  How much does it cost, and is there any financial assistance available?

A. We charge an annual membership fee, which includes attendance at all the year’s events and half-board accommodation for the summer course (£575 for 2019/20). This will be updated soon with the fee for the 2021 summer course.

We are very happy to discuss payment plans to allow the cost to be spread across the year — we appreciate it’s not a small sum of money to find! Scholarship funding is available to those who cannot afford the full membership fee and the application form is sent to those who pass an audition.

Q.  What is included in the audition?

A. This may be adjusted to suit online auditions

A piece of your own choice:
This should be a relatively short (2–3 minutes) piece of solo or choral music which demonstrates your vocal range well but is also appropriate to your current level and experience. The RSCM Gold Award syllabus contains examples of possible repertoire. Please bring 2 copies with you.

Sight Reading:
A test which aims to show a good level of independence in a choral situation. Where sight reading is a little below the expected level, a probationary period in the choir may be offered to show sufficient preparation of music before events.

Reading aloud in English and Latin:
You will be asked to read aloud at sight in both languages (using standard church Latin pronunciation) to demonstrate fluency and a level of comprehension.

Q.  I’m a student so my availability is limited — can I still join?

A. Yes! We try to be sensitive to the schedules of students across our age range, particularly during the exam season, and schedule events to avoid excessive clashes.

Q.  When are auditions held?

A. Auditions are held at workshop days and occasionally at cathedral visits. If there are vacancies in specific voice parts, auditions to fill the gaps may be held at any point during the year.

This year (2021), an online audition day will be held on Saturday 6 February.

Q.  How do I find out more?

A. Email or phone 01722 424843 for further information.