Welcome to the Romsey Youth Choir (RYC) website.
Following the Government restrictions in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak RYC has been operating using Zoom or Covid-secure rehearsal venues (when allowed). From the 17th May singing with youth choirs has been permitted and we are glad to have been able to restart rehearsals on a Friday in two sessions.
Now that restrictions for youth choirs have been relaxed we are looking to recruit new members.
Our summer concert in Romsey Abbey has been postponed by a week after Covid bubbles caused several self isolation restrictions but it will now be able to go ahead as part of the 2021 Romsey Festival on Friday 23rd July. Tickets are available through Ticketsource and must be purchased in advance. Please note the venue will have limited capacity to comply with Covid-secure regulations
N.B. Concert date is now 23rd July 2021
RYC consists of three choir groups
Romsey Youth Choir – for young people aged 11 to 18
Romsey Youth Chamber Choir – for older 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 last term was undoubtedly our 11th Christmas concert and the Rotary carols singing in Romsey Abbey – although these needed to be performed with social distance and using singing masks we were very lucky to be able to get any concerts during the restirctions.
Sadly COVID-19 scuppered our plans to attend the Interkultur International Choral Festival in Kiev in 2020 for the summer tour but we are hopeful that noraml activities will resume in the near future. 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. 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 are going 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.