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New County Youth Choir

Herefordshire Music Service is launching a new County Youth Choir as part of its ‘Herefordshire Youth Music’ ensemble provision. The choir will rehearse for the first time in January 2017. Rehearsals for this non-auditioned choir, catering for young people from age 7 to 21, will take place at Hereford Sixth Form College on most Saturday mornings through the Spring Term between 12 and 1pm. The choir will sing a wide variety of music and will be led by local professional singers Jon Weller and Hannah West. The inaugural concert of the choir will be as part of a joint concert with Herefordshire Youth Concert Band on Saturday 1 April at Leominster Priory.

Jon Weller (Manager of HYM) and Director of the Youth Choir, said “Herefordshire is steeped in musical history and it is vital that we continue to encourage our young people to make music to keep that going. Herefordshire Youth Choir will become an integrated part of everything we offer at Herefordshire Youth Music. It’s a very much needed addition and one that I am sure will be a wonderful new opportunity for our children and young people.”

Herefordshire Youth Music has a number of ensembles for young people, such as the Herefordshire Youth Orchestra and Herefordshire Brass Band, who rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings respectively in the Shirehall. A thriving Saturday morning Music Centre has a range of progressive ensembles – concert bands and string orchestras. There is also a Ukulele Ensemble for our younger members and Music Theory tuition. The Mayor of Hereford, Cllr Jim Kenyon visited the Music Centre on Saturday and was impressed by the music-making from the county’s youngsters, including one pupil who played five instruments – a “one man orchestra,” said the Mayor. The Mayor was excited about giving members of the ensembles more opportunities to play around the city and beyond.

HYM Open Morning is on Saturday 5 November for current parents, prospective parents and anyone else who is interested in hearing all the exciting ensembles. For more details on the Youth Choir, Herefordshire Youth Music in general and the Open Morning, please contact Eva Prestage on or follow the link here to the HYM page on our website.

For further information about this press release, please contact Jon Weller,, 01432 853219

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