Does the young person in your house love to sing?

August 24 2017

Bristol Choral Society (BCS) has been running an Apprenticeship Scheme for more than 10 years for young people who love singing. Available to pupils from Year 9 upwards, there is an opportunity for young people to join the new programme starting in September.

Bristol Choral Society (BCS) has been running an Apprenticeship Scheme for more than 10 years for young people who love singing. Available to pupils from Year 9 upwards, there is an opportunity for young people to join the new programme starting in September.  

Apprentices don’t need any musical knowledge or experience – just a love of music. They join the choir and are supported by an individual mentor. 

They sing in all concerts, with professional soloists and orchestras in national venues (an option in August was in the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall). There are also opportunities to work towards an Arts Award, to enhance CVs, make new friends, and there are no costs involved at all.

Young people have joined from all over Bristol, including Bishopston and Redland, and some have gone on to choral careers and solo singing. Hannah, a 15-year old apprentice, explains how she came to join the course:

“I went to a few BCS concerts and really liked them, and then I thought, because I wanted to try something new, ‘why not?’ – and I asked if I could join. I’m still there, well over a year later. 

“There’s a lovely atmosphere at rehearsals every week, the people are incredibly friendly and helpful, and I have met a lot of amazing people I wouldn’t have normally met. But the main reason is: it’s fun. 

“Young people and children need creative outlets to express themselves and their opinions, and to chill out for a while, and there aren’t enough opportunities for them to do so. Music gives me a chance to relax and tap out of my busy life. 

“There’s an underlying problem of people not wanting to try new things, maybe because they’re scared, and so not getting involved in something that they’d turn out to love. The Apprentice scheme helps any young people who’d like to try something musical.”

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evening from 7.15pm in Central Bristol. Why not come along to one and see if it could be for you, or a young person you know?  

If you’re interested, check out the website www.bristolchoral.co.uk or call the Apprentice manager on 0117 942 4620.