Vice-Presidents -  De Ashton, Margaret Burdett, Sue Gosling, John Martindale and Liz Nayler.
Musical Director - Vicky Gray

The Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus (BSYC) celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. It started life as the Dorset Youth Choir and came under the auspices of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (BSC) in 2006. The Musical Director is Victoria Gray.  Victoria is Director of Music at Ballard School where she runs a number of vocal ensembles including choirs for both children and adults.. Victoria has a long record of working with young singers so that they reach the highest possible standard of concert performance.  Victoria is also a highly regarded ,member of the  adult choir, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

The BSYC is one of a handful of youth choruses in the country that are associated with a professional orchestra, which provides an exciting and rare opportunity for young people to sing with a full symphony orchestra. Occasionally this leads to other projects, for example, undertaking CD recordings for commercial labels such as Naxos and Nimbus. They sang with the BSC and the BSO at the world premiere of Richard Blackford's Not in our Time in 2011 and subsequently appeared on the recording of that work.

In addition to these joint projects with the BSO, the chorus takes part in a number of other performances both in association with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and alone. In recent seasons the BSYC have been involved with various charitable fundraising concerts including Save the Children at Wimborne Minster, the Dorset Youth Cancer Trust and the Wessex Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.

The 2014-15 season included performances of Britten's War Requiem, Bach's St Matthew Passion and Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand as well as the usual Family Carol concert with the BSO and the fundraising concert for Wessex Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.

Last season included involvement in a BSO project with two performances of James MacMillan's "Little Mass" in Bristol and in Poole with conductor Kirill Karabits as well as participation with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and The Southern Baroque Orchestra in a performance of the Bach St John Passion.

The BSYC has recently made a video based in and around Poole Lighthouse where they rehearse. You can find it on BSYC's Facebook page.

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