Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Since its formation in January 2002 by the choir’s current Music Director Juliette Pochin, the Brighton Festival Youth Choir has fast become one of the leading youth choirs in the UK. The group's first performance was a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Since then it has been in great demand, working with acclaimed ensembles including the RPO, LPO, the Philharmonia, the City of London Sinfonia, the Brodsky Quartet and L’Orchestra National de Lorraine under such conductors as Richard Hickox, Jacques Mercier and James Morgan.
Highlights include performing to an audience of thousands at Leeds Castle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carl Davis, Carmina Buranaat the O2 and Royal Albert Hall and performing the world première of Howard Goodall's The Selfish Giant in the Brighton Festival. The choir has also performed the premières of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Four American Carols, Jonathan Dove’s There Was a Child and A World I Loved starring Vanessa Redgrave.
In 2014 the choir worked with composer John Rutter performing his Mass of the Children and joined Brighton Youth Orchestra in a celebration of the works of John Tavener in the Brighton Festival. They appeared as guest choir with Russell Watson during his UK Candlelight Tour in December 2014 and in Brighton Early Music Festival’s performance of Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter in October 2015.
The highlight of 2015 was the choir’s performance of a work especially commissioned for them, entitled Invictus – A Cantata for Liberty, composed by Morgan Pochin to celebrate the anniversary of 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta. Performed at the Brighton Dome, the Youth Choir joined forces with 150 students from local schools, Brighton Festival Chorus and the City of London Sinfonia.
Their performance at the 100th Anniversary Concert The Somme 1916 with Brighton Festival Chorus and the Arcadian Ensemble was followed by a concert in the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival.
The choir has enjoyed a number of foreign tours including Prague, Belgium and Italy, winning a silver cup in the Verona International Choir Competition and competing in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.
The choir has a growing discography, having sung on Classic FM’s Songs Without Words and on Poetry Serenade (Signum Classics). They also appeared on the sound track for the remake of the iconic film Brighton Rock (made in association with BBC Films) starring Helen Mirren, and have also recorded an album with Joe McElderry as well as a backing track of Christmas music for ‘America’s Got Talent.’
The aims of the choir are to be one of the pre-eminent youth choirs of its type in the country, to provide the opportunity for its members to receive first class training under its director and assistant and to participate in performances of the highest quality, working with orchestras, choirs and conductors of international acclaim. The members are trained as singers and musicians as well as being part of a choir.