Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

70th Birthday Concert for John Forsyth - 1st April

The CPJC will be joining in with the senior choir in our special concert at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium at Yarm School.

Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir - a great singing opportunity for children!

The choir is directed by outstanding choral trainer John Forsyth MBE. John was County Music Adviser for Cleveland and led Tees Valley Youth Choir to the final of the BBC Choir of the Year.  He has a great rapport with young people and, trained by him, children achieve an excellent standard of performance, and a degree of self confidence, which neither they (nor their parents!) thought possible.
The accompanist is Andrew Christer

Who can join?
Boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 13 who love singing and are willing to commit to attending weekly rehearsals.

When and where does the choir meet?

Every Tuesday in term time from 5.30-6.30pm in St Barnabas Church, 1A St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6JR.

How big is the choir?

The choir currently has 30 members.

How much does it cost?

£40 per term, with reductions for families in receipt of pupil premium or for siblings. This can be paid in a single payment, or spread out over the course of the term, whichever suits parent's needs.

What are the rehearsals like?

The children work hard in these sessions, but they are fun!  
They use printed music, and John teaches them how to read the notes, signs and strange words!  
In preparation for singing in parts, the choir is in 2 teams led by Lauren Speight and Olivia Simpson, excellent young singers (aged 18 and 17 respectively) from Egglescliffe School.
Parents can sit at the back of the church and listen if they wish – and many do.

What about performances?

See Recent events (below) for news and photos of the performance on 22 March 2016.

The choir’s first public concert is with CPC on 2 July 2016 at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, entitled Green and Pleasant land – a musical celebration of the English Countryside. They will sing Benedicite by Andrew Carter with Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and The Aviary by Richard Rodney Bennett – and join in with everyone singing Jerusalem at the end!

There is a uniform for formal concerts.  Parents provide:
A white long-sleeved shirt – like a school shirt
Black full-length trousers (not leggings)
Black socks and black shoes.  Black gym shoes are fine.
The choir will provide a smart red waistcoat.

How can a new person join?

Email Choir Secretary Joan Carter on to arrange for a voice test, or phone her on 01642 656273.

Who runs it?
The choir, started in January 2016, is part of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and is run by a committee of 5 singers from CPC, helped by the parents of choir members.

What do parents think of it so far?
“It’s brilliant, bigger and better than we had thought.”
“We were blown away!”
“The best hour of the week – de-stressing for parents who sit and listen!”
“I’m pleased that John is going into the theory of music, too.”
“It’s not hard to get the children there – they want to come.”
“John’s way with the children is really good – he could say anything to them and they would accept it.”
“I love it when he says to the children, ‘I just want to thank you.’”

News for parents and singers and help with learning the music

10 January 2017 - Spring Term starts
21 February 2017 - no rehearsal - half term.  Note - this is Middlesbrough Borough half term.  Redcar & Cleveland is the week before
1 April 2017 - 70th birthday Concert for John Forsyth with CPC.  7:30 pm Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm School.  Rehearsal details  to be decided
4 April 2017 - Last rehearsal of Spring term
11th/18th April 2017 - no rehearsals, Easter break
25 April - First rehearsal Summer term

Recent Events

At the end of their first term, on 22 March 2016, the choir gave a performance of the music learned this term for an audience of family and friends, and members of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir. They were excellent and well deserved the long and enthusiastic applause!  See Photos below.



Music for the October 2016 Concert in Nunthorpe

Here are practice files for some of the music that the Junior Choir will be singing in Nunthorpe on 15th October 2016:





Five Eyes (Accompaniment):


Five Eyes Upper Part:


Five Eyes Lower Part:


Music for the Summer 2016 Concert

Here are practice files for the music the Junior Choir will be singing in the Summer 2016 concert:

Richard Rodney Bennett: The Aviary
The Birds Lament
The Widow Bird

The Lark
The Owl
The Early Nightingale

Pack Clouds


Christmas is Coming: Concert of seasonal music in Stockton Parish Church, 2nd December 2017

See Concerts page for details of this and our other planned concerts.

Our new Junior Choir!

For full information, see Junior Choir page

Joining the Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir always welcomes new members. If you would enjoy singing with us, why not come along to a rehearsal?  More information

Friends of the Choir

Why not become a Friend of the Choir and get benefits such as discounts on concert tickets and advance notice of concerts.  More Information.

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius in York Minster - Sat 4th November

Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchstra and Choirs in this wonderful work - not to be missed. See here for full information and tickets.

Announcements for Choir Members

See Denis Rigg's website where you can buy prints from his excellent portfolio of photographs - all profits go to our War Requiem fund.

See DATES section farther down page


Sat 18 Nov - 10-3 Choral Day, War Requiem
Sat 2 Dec - 7.30 Concert, Stockton PC
Sun 17 Dec - 3pm Carol Concert, St Barnabas
Sat 23 Dec - Christmas Cracker, Darlington

Tues 19, 26 Dec and 2 Jan – no rehearsal

Tue 9 Jan
- First rehearsal, Spring term
Tue 13 Feb - No rehearsal
Sat 3 Mar - Choral Day, Mass in B minor
Sat 17 Mar - Mass in B minor, Stockton PC
Tues 3 and 10 Apr - No rehearsal
Tues 17 Apr - First Rehearsal, Summer term
Sat 21 Apr - Study session on WR, Newcastle.
Sat 19 May - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Durham)
Tue 29 May - No rehearsal
Fri 22 Jun
- An Evening of French Music, St Mary’s

Rest of July and August - No rehearsal

Tue 4 Sep - First rehearsal, Autumn term
Sat 29 Sep - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Newcastle)
Tue 23 Oct - No rehearsal - half term
Sat 3 Nov - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs Stockton BT)
Fri 9 Nov - 7-10 Rehearsal for choirs and orchestra (M’Bro TH)
Sat 10 Nov - Sage, War Requiem
Sun 16 Dec (tbc) - 3pm St Barnabas, Carol Concert

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