At the Glasgow Youth Choir, we believe that music has the power to bring people together, regardless of their background or experience. Our aim is to inspire and nurture young singers, helping them to develop their skills, build confidence, and form lasting friendships with others who share their love of music.
Our choir is open to young people from P1 up to S6 and beyond, and welcome singers from complete beginners to experienced performers. We meet regularly for rehearsals, workshops, and performances, and our repertoire includes a wide range of styles and genres, from classical choral music to contemporary pop.
Meet The Team
Audrey McKirdy - Conductor
Audrey trained as a music teacher at St Andrew’s College of Education in Bearsden. She was Head of Music at Drumchapel High School, having previously worked in various schools around Glasgow. Audrey then studied post-graduate level singing at the RSAMD (now RCS) graduating with a Masters in Music in Concert Singing. Audrey grew up singing in the Glasgow Youth Choir with the wonderful Agnes Hoey, and she is honoured to follow in her footsteps, keeping Agnes’s legacy alive. It has been a great pleasure starting up our GYC Legacy alumni choir this year. So many ‘well-kent’ faces from over all the decades of the choirs’ existence! She has sung in choirs all her life and sings with the City of Glasgow Chorus, as well as a few ad hoc smaller groups. Audrey has recently rehearsed the Glasgow Philharmonic Male Voice choir as a guest conductor, and has led workshops with various other groups. A few years ago, she organised the Glasgow Choirs Spectacular, a massed choir concert in the City Hall, celebrating choral music in the city, which had been a dream of hers for many years. Audrey believes passionately that there is a place for every kind of choir, as long as people are able to enjoy singing together, especially following the pandemic. She is very keen that today’s choir members have the same kind of opportunities she was lucky enough to have when she was a member of the choir herself.. Audrey teaches singing in South Lanarkshire Schools. She has sung professionally in recital and oratorio, around Scotland and Northern England, most recently Mezzo-soprano soloist in Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Penrith Singers in April.
Dr Fiona Gibney - Seniors Accompanist
Dr Fiona Gibney studied at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), during which time she was recipient of the following prizes: the John Ireland Prize for Solo Piano; the Dunbar-Gerber Prize for Chamber Music; and the Agnes Millar Harmony and Counterpoint prize. After graduating with a BA (Hons), Fiona continued her studies at post-graduate level, focusing on Chamber Music and Accompaniment. She regularly performs as an accompanist/pianist and is Senior Section accompanist for the Glasgow Youth Choir, a role she has enjoyed for 20 years this year! Fiona has enjoyed numerous tours with the choir both at home and abroad.
Fiona balances her active performing schedule with a busy career in education and a busier(!) family life (Fiona and her husband Chris have recently welcomed their third child, baby Clara).
In 2017 she graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Doctorate in Education and has since published a number of articles in peer-reviewed education journals.
Member from 2001-2016
I joined the Senior choir when I was 12 and left when I could no longer claim to be a youth at the age of 30. I have had the pleasure of singing under the direction of both Agnes Hoey and latterly, Audrey McKirdy. Being in the choir taught me so much about loyalty, timekeeping and the joy of singing. I have had some amazing experiences with the choir, a trip to Cambridge, music festivals and even singing for the late Queen Elizabeth the 2nd. I am 35 now but the friends I made during my time with GYC are still a big part of my life today, even singing at each others weddings. Being part of GYC was a great experience that has shaped who I am as an adult and has encouraged me to keep singing to this day. It was a privilege to have had the experiences I did and I am proud to have been part of this exceptional choir/family.