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A Brief History of GYC

The Glasgow Youth Choir was established in 1957 by Dr Agnes Hoey M.B.E. It started as the Cowlairs Co-operative Children’s Choir and as the choir went from strength to strength it soon became the Glasgow Youth Choir.


At its peak the choir had 300 members and since then 1000s of young people from all over the Greater Glasgow area have passed through the choir. The Glasgow Youth Choir have performed in all the major venues in Glasgow including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, City Halls, Glasgow Cathedral and the Theatre Royal and at many different events. We have sung for members of the Royal Family several times over the years, including to the Late Queen Elizabeth II during her Diamond Jubilee visit to Glasgow. Twice the choir has been awarded the Lord Provost’s Loving Cup which is presented annually to the group or organisation which has brought the most honour to the City. We have performed often on TV and Radio, most recently at Proms in the Park, from Glasgow Green, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2019, which was broadcast live around the UK as part of the BBC's Last Night of the Proms.


We have toured in both the UK and abroad many times, most recently when we travelled to Italy in 2018.


The choir has always performed a wide repertoire from Classical to folk songs and Broadway to pop. Through this young people learn musical discipline which shapes but does not suppress their youthful enthusiasm. Above all being in the choir is fun and creates lots of friendships, lifelong memories and experiences.

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