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

Important Update...
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir now runs two choirs

for young people.

The Junior Choir is for singers (boys and girls) in years 5, 6 and 7.  The Music Director is Isaac Conroy, a final year music student at Durham University who is also involved in music education at Egglescliffe School and nearby primary schools. The accompanist is Alex Evans.

The Intermediate Choir enables singers to progress and is for singers in year 8 upwards. 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.


New singers are welcome in both choirs now!


The first session is on Tuesday 4 September 2018, 5.30-6.30 at St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6JR.

However, new singers can try out the choirs at any rehearsal – see further below for more details.  During the session, parents can find out more about the choir from committee members and other parents, and sit in with part of the rehearsal. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. There is plenty of free parking behind the church. Here is map below showing where St Barnabas Church is:

St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6JR
Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir outside Birmingham Town Hall

Who can join?
Boys and girls from year 5 upwards who enjoy singing and are willing to commit to attending rehearsals regularly.


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 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 parents’ needs. There is nothing to pay until the singer’s membership is agreed by the Music Director – usually after two rehearsals.

What are the rehearsals like?
The children work hard in these sessions, but they are fun!  
They use printed music, and are taught how to read the notes, signs and strange words! 
Parents can sit at the back of the church and listen if they wish – and many do.  Alternatively, parents and siblings can sit in the foyer where there are tables and chairs. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.


What about performances?

The Intermediate Choir will be taking part in Cleveland Philharmonic Choir’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the Sage Gateshead on Saturday 10 November 2018, marking the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.  Alongside them, high above the choir and orchestra, will be the choristers of Durham Cathedral and St Peter’s Church, Stockton.  They will be conducted by Daniel Cook, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral, and accompanied by Francesca Massey, sub-organist at the Cathedral.

There is a full rehearsal for choirs and orchestra at Middlesbrough Town Hall the evening before the performance.  See Concerts page for more information.

The Junior Choir will have its own programme of performances.


Both Choirs will take part in the Family Christmas Carol Concert in St Barnabas Church at 3pm on Sunday 16 December 2018.

See Recent events for news and photos of past events for the CPJC.


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.


There is a rehearsal in the afternoon on concert days, and all choir members are expected to attend.

How can a new person join?

Email Choir Secretary Judith Arber on or phone her on 07814 468504, or just come along to any rehearsal to try the choirs out.


Who runs the choirs?
The choirs are part of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and are run by a committee of  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.’”


On Saturday 10 March 2018, at 6.30pm, the Junior Choir had its own concert 'We've Got Rhythm!' at Nunthorpe Methodist Church.  The programme included songs by Mendelssohn and John Rutter, Chatanooga Choo Choo, Didn’t it rain and ended with The Daniel Jazz. There were solos from choir members and a guest guitarist.  Tea and cakes were served in the church hall afterwards.
On Saturday 2 June, as part of the Swaledale Festival, members of the choir sang with the Marian Consort in St Mary’s Church, Richmond. They performed Victoria’s Salve regina and a new work, Stabat mater, by Gabriel Jackson.  This was a true professional engagement – the choir was paid – and the Marian Concert and the audience were very pleased with the standard of their singing.
On Friday 22 June 2018, at 7.30pm, the choir performed as part of the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir’s Evening of French Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Coulby Newham.  They learned Au clair de la lune and Chevaliers de la table ronde, and sang the soldiers’ march from Carmen and joined the adult singers for the March of the Toreadors – the finale of the concert.
See Recent events for news and photos of past events for the CPJC.