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.
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Alison North – Musical Director
Alison is well known to music lovers in the Huddersfield area and is best known as the conductor of the multi-award winning Lindley Junior School Choir.
Born into a musical Harrogate family, her long-held desire to teach led to study at Bulmershe College, Reading, where she sang with the award winning Bulmershe Girls’ Choir directed by Gwyn Arch. She began teaching in Leeds, but it was her move to Lindley in 1997 that ignited her passion for children’s choirs.
Alison’s philosophy is simple: it is her desire to share her own passion and love of singing with others; to bring children together and make music to a standard that all can be proud of. She has found endless reward in watching children she has worked with grow in confidence and realise a delight in singing, performance and team work. But, above all, music making must be ‘fun’!
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.