The Youth Choirs have formed their own reputation for musical excellence and meet every Wednesday to sing and make music. Regularly performing in the local area and beyond, the choirs have gained great acclaim from a wide spectrum of audiences.
The choirs are made up of three sections, performing both separately and together.
- The Young Voices aged 7 to 13
- Youth Choir aged 13 to 21+
- Vocalise – an ensemble of unbroken voices where singers from both sections of the choir can nurture and develop their singing and musical skills.
Singing is a unique form of cultural and personal expression that exists in every world culture. Being part of a musical ensemble has wide recognisable benefits for young people, allowing them to develop noticeable skills that are transferable throughout their life and education.
Well-known benefits include the ability to work as a team and develop discipline and listening skills. Undertaking musical training teaches young singers to persevere, often establishing better study habits in education. Being a member of the Youth Choirs gives young people the opportunity to perform in front of a variety of audiences, which increases young people’s self-esteem and confidence.
The Youth Choirs are an outstanding example of young talent, and are carrying on the Huddersfield singing tradition through the generations, providing opportunities and experiences for young singers from across the local area and beyond.
Susan Wilkinson - Musical Director
Susan was coached by Professor Shackleton Pollard in Halifax before graduating in pianoforte and voice from the Royal Manchester College of Music. She is currently the Musical Director of both the award winning Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs (with whom she has worked in one capacity or another since their inception in 1986) and of Gledholt Male Voice Choir, Huddersfield.
On the concert platform Susan is well known locally as a soloist and as an accompanist for solo singers and instrumentalists. She continues to teach pianoforte and voice as she has done throughout her professional career and is also a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She worked as a moderator and examiner for a number of music examination boards and conducts and arranges music for a variety of musical ensembles, including bands, orchestras and choirs. She has spent her working life in education and was an Ofsted Trainer and Inspector. She also assessed Graduate teachers from England and abroad as well as reviewing the overall performance of head teachers in primary and secondary schools.
Jane Robertson - Accompanist
Jane is a well-established accompanist and teacher of the pianoforte. At the age of eleven Jane won a Hertfordshire County Scholarship to further her studies at the Watford School of Music under David Paul Martin. At eighteen she moved on to the Royal College of Music in London to study piano. After graduating she gave a number of solo recitals in and around London as well as making recordings and broadcasting live for regional television.
Since moving to Yorkshire she has undertaken freelance accompanying work for solo instrumentalists, singers and vocal groups, performing at international competitions, recitals and exams. Jane also performs as a soloist and has undertaken several solo concerto engagements. As a duettist she performs with Kim Kaye in the RO’KA piano duo. In 2007 she undertook the role of Alice Elgar (only the hands!) for a biographical film made for the Elgar Museum in Worcester.
Jane is the resident accompanist for Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs, Gledholt Male Voice Choir and Honley Ladies Choir. She was formerly the resident accompanist for Alan Simmons’ The Mastersingers.