Welcome to the Romsey Youth Choir (RYC) website.
COVID update : For the Summer 2022 term RYC main choir and chamber choir rehearsals will continue in Romsey Abbey Primary School Hall with Covid-safety measures in place. The RYCC rehearsals will continue in the Romsey United Reformed Church.
RYC consists of three choir groups
Romsey Youth Choir – for young people aged 11 to 21
Romsey Youth Choir Chamber Choir – for older or more experienced members.
Romsey Youth Children’s Choir – for children in school years 3-6
All are non-audition choirs – if you are interested in joining please contact Marion to see what places are available.
RYC has a membership of around 120 singers.
The highlight of this term so far has been taking part in the Five Choirs concert and performing Wau Bulan which was also part of our class winning performance at the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama.
To see our concert schedules please look on our forthcoming events page on our “Choir News” tab.
We especially enjoy our annual tours which you can read about in previous our tours in the reports or blogs. Although COVID meant we had to cancel our planned 2020 trip to Kiev we were able to hold a residential weekend course in Avon Tyrrell House in the New Forest in October 2021. With so many new members it was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.
In 2019 we went to Transylvania and the highlight for many was being invited to sing in the Coronation Church in Alba Iulia.
Previous tours have been to the Netherlands/Belgium, Catalonia, France, Italy, Austria and Ireland.
Each year the choirs perform in around 15 concerts or festivals. We’ve taken part in the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath, Southampton Festival of Music and Drama as well as concerts and performances in Lymington, King Somborne and Winchester Cathedral. However, the home venue for the choir is Romsey Abbey where we have our Christmas and summer concerts as well as taking part in other local joint concerts for the community.
Many of these concerts were fund-raising events for a variety of the charities (Jane Scarth House, Naomi House Hospice, Oxfam, Cancer Research and the other local charities). Our own Christmas and summer concerts in the Abbey are hugely enjoyable and provide the main funding source for the running of the choirs.
Since 2013 the RYC has gone on a summer tour and has performed in great venues such as the cathedrals in Barcelona (Sagrada Familia), Enniskillen, Cortona and Bayeux as well as open air concerts at the North American cemetery in Normandy, the sculpture park amphitheatre in Siena and the lakeside pavilion in Zell am See. The reports on previous tours can be found in the Tour Page. In 2018 we went to The Netherlands and Belgium, staying outside Amsterdam and will be visiting Amersfoort, Amsterdam and Efterling before staying in Bruges and the singing at the Menin Gate, Ypres. In 2019 we went on our tour of Transylvania visiting Sibiu, Turda, Sighisoara and Brasov.
Romsey Youth Choir was formed in October 2010 and since then we have produced cup winning performances at Bath, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth Music festivals. We have performed with the South Wales Male Voice choir “Cor Meibion de Cymru”, Romsey Male Voice Choir, Romsey Concert Band as well as local solo performers. In 2018 we took part in Hampshire Music Service events in the Royal Albert Hall and the Anvil, Basingstoke – see our posts for more details.
We also have a thriving social agenda which includes theatre trips, ice skating, quiz evenings and an end of year BBQ.