Bradford Catholic Youth Choir (BCYC) provides outstanding vocal opportunities for young singers across the Bradford and Keighley area – could someone YOU know join one of our fabulous groups?
As part of the Diocese’s award-winning Schools Singing Programme, and supported by St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, BCYC is busy bringing the joy of singing back into young people’s lives after the disruption caused by the pandemic. There are three choirs – Junior, Boys and Girls. They all kept on rehearsing online during lockdown and have enjoyed many wonderful opportunities in the past, including: broadcasting the Christmas Day Mass on BBC One; touring to Rome and singing for Mass at St Peter’s and the other Papal basilicas; a partnership with the internationally-renowned Gabrieli Consort; winning medals at the World Choir Games in Latvia; and giving numerous BBC Radio broadcasts. Singing has proven health and academic benefits, and our rehearsals are friendly and engaging, led by expert musicians who all have enhanced DBS.
As choir members past and present tell us, they grow in confidence and ambition to fulfil their potential: ‘My experiences with the Bradford Catholic Boys’ Choir have shaped me as a person. Growing up in inner-city Bradford with limited options, the choir gave me the confidence to aspire to more. From singing vespers at the local church to performing on TV in front of millions, each experience has proven invaluable in my life journey and I will continue to draw on the lessons of resilience and perseverance gained here as I move on to my next chapter at the University of Oxford,’ says former choir member Joshua Chima.
If your child, or someone you know, is interested, the choir is running open rehearsals to give children the opportunity to try out the groups. All rehearsals currently take place at St Walburga’s Church, Shipley, and through the generous support of the schools, Diocese and other funders it is FREE to attend. No previous experience of singing is necessary!
Places must be booked in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org – please indicate your child’s name, year at school and which rehearsal you will be attending.
Monday June 14th – Senior Girls’ Choir (Y6 upwards), 4.30-6pm
Wednesday June 16th – Junior Choir (Y3 upwards), 4.30-5.30pm
Thursday June 17th – Senior Boys’ Choir (Y4 upwards), 4.30-6pm
Our online singing provision during lockdown won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and featured twice on BBC Radio 4. You can view the resources at www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk
For more information about the Diocese’s Music Programme please visit www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk