Welcome to the Romsey Youth Choir website. In 2016 RYC expanded again adding a new children’s choir (RYCC) to the existing three choir groups – a main 4-part choir, an upper voices choir and a chamber choir for older members. All are non-audition choirs. The new children’s choir is for year 4-6 children while the main RYC choirs are open to all young people aged 11 to 18 who love to sing.
RYC has a membership of around 90 singers while the RYCC already has over 20 members.
Each year the choirs perform in around 15 concerts or festivals. Last year we took 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.
Six of the 2016 concerts were fund-raising events for a variety of the charities (Jane Scarth House, Naomi House Hospice, Cancer Research and the other local charities). Our own Christmas and summer concert in the Abbey are hugely enjoyable and provide the funding source for the running of the choirs which do not have any membership costs.
Since 2013 the RYC has gone on a summer tour and has performed in great venues such as the cathedrals in 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 report on last summer’s tour to Austria can be found in the Tour Page along with the previous tours to Normandy, Italy and Northern Ireland!! In 2017 we will going to Catalonia, staying in Figueres and will be visiting Barcelona, Girona, Monserrat and many other sites.
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. Charity fund raising concerts have included George’s Trust, Parkinson’s UK, Jane Scarth House, Naomi House, Cancer Research, RNLI and the Hampshire Air Ambulance. 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.
We also have a thriving social agenda which includes theatre trips, ice skating, quiz evenings and an end of year BBQ.