Success and recognitioN

2015 2nd European Choir Games, Magdeburg (Germany): Grand Prix of Nations, Gold Medal Winners

2015 2nd European Choir Games, Magdeburg (Germany): Gold Medal - First Place (Children’s Choir Champions of Europe)

2013   Eagle Radio's Local Heroes Music Award

2013   Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland): Grand Prix and Prix de Public winners

2012   7th World Choir Games, Cincinnati (USA): 1 gold (Equal Voices) and 1 silver (Musica Sacra) medal

2010   Youth Choir of the Year: Finalist

2010   XXI Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale, Verona (Italy): Ottimo Oro (overall winner) and Premio Speciale (best conductor and best choice of programme)

2009   Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland): Runner-up (Excellent with distinction)

2008   National Festival of Music for Youth, Birmingham: Highly commended

2007   BBC Radio 4: Water of Tyne is JP Donleavy’s first choice on Desert Island Discs

2006   4th World Choir Games, Xiamen (China): 2 silver medals and 2 gold diplomas

2005   Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland): 1st prize (Audience)

2005   BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year: Finalist

2004   52nd European Youth Choral Festival, Neerpelt (Belgium): 1st prize cum laude

2002   Sainsbury's Youth Choir of the Year: Finalist

1999   Jersey International Festival: 1st prize (Youth Choirs Section) and Overall Winner

1998   BBC/Sainsbury's Youth Choir of the Year: 1st prize

1998   International Choir Competition, Riva del Garda (Italy): Gold award and 1st prize (Children's Section)

1998   National Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London: Outstanding performance award

1997   MBE awarded to David Victor-Smith for services to Farnham Youth Choir

1994   Smetana International Festival, Litomyšl (Czech Republic): Gold award and 1st prize (Children's Section) and Folk Song award

1993   Tolosa International Choral Festival (Spain)

1992   Sainsbury's Youth Choir of the Year: 1st prize

1992   National Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London: Outstanding performance award

1991   National Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London: Outstanding performance award

1989   National Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London: Outstanding performance award

1987   National Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London: Highly commended award


In major concerts

2014   Guildford Cathedral: A Candlelit Christmas Concert with Russell Watson

2013   Fairfield Halls, Croydon: John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

2013   Guildford Cathedral: part of the Cathedral Tour with Aled Jones

2013   Guildford Cathedral: John Rutter's Mass of the Children with Vivace Chorus

2010   The Anvil, Basingstoke: Anniversary Concert with The King's Singers

2009   Cadogan Hall, London: John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Choir and Orchestra of London

2007   Royal Albert Hall, London: John Rutter's Christmas concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of London

2007   Imperial War Museum, London: Premiere of Stolen Voices by Tarik O'Regan, a special commission for World Peace Day

2007   Royal Festival Hall, London: Reopening ceremony

2006   St. Paul's Cathedral, London: John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

2006   Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing (China): Gala concert

2005   Royal Albert Hall, London: John Rutter's Christmas concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

2004   Royal Festival Hall, London: John Rutter's Christmas concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society

2003   Guildford Cathedral, UK premiere of John Rutter's Mass of the Children

2003   Royal Festival Hall, London: John Rutter's Christmas concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society

1998   Royal Albert Hall, London: Festival of Remembrance

1998   Mansion House, City of London

2001   Other UK performances have taken place at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Buxton Opera House; St. John's Smith Square, London; King's College, Cambridge; St. George's Chapel, Windsor; St. James's Palace, London; Eton College Chapel; and Winchester Cathedral.


On television

2015   BBC: Songs of Praise, singing Ave Maria, recorded at the Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot

2014   BBC: Live broadcast of Songs of Praise singing In Flanders Fields on Remembrance Sunday marking 100 years since the start of World War I at the Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot

2012   BBC: BBC South Today

2010   ITV: Carols at Christmas from Christopher's, The Chase Children's Hospice, Guildford

1999   BBC: Songs of Praise from The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Cathedral

1998   BBC: The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of the Queen

1998   BBC: Blue Peter

1992   BBC: Blue Peter

2001   FYC has also been featured on the BBC during Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competitions in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2004.


On CD and DVD

2013   All Things Pass is a collection of songs from FYC’s repertoire between 2011 to 2013 in the genres of folksong and sacred song.

2011   Hosanna is a collection of songs appropriate to the Christian festivals of Advent and Christmas, with a diverse mix of styles and moods, recorded over a period of several years

2009   25th Birthday Concert, the choir’s anniversary event at The Anvil, Basingstoke, live on CD and highlights on DVD

2009   Celebration!, a double album of selected songs recorded over 25 years, with a Live Bonus CD of major commissions in world premieres

2008   John Rutter's Christmas Festival, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cambridge Singers

2008   Yo Le Canto covers the previous three years of FYC repertoire, with a wide variety of sacred and secular items

2005   John Rutter's Mass of the Children, with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

2005   Laudate covers the previous two years' repertoire, with a wide variety of sacred and secular items

2001   A Dream of Snow, includes this song cycle by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and items from the choir's repertoire at that time

1999   Carnival!, premiered by FYC, takes its name from a modern adaptation of Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals by Gwyn Arch and Jeremy Browne; it also includes the winning songs from Sainsbury's Choir of the Year 1998 and items performed at that year's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall

1997   Sing You Now includes Four Elizabethan Lyrics, commissioned from Ronald Corp, plus items from the choir's repertoire at that time.

1996   Hodie is a collection of Christmas items ranging from carols by Britten and Rutter to traditional and much–loved favourites

1993   Water of Tyne, the choir's first CD, recorded in 1993 and including most of the songs performed at the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year competition in 1992.


Commissions and premieres

2012   New-made For a King by James MacMillan – commissioned and premiered, and recorded on All Things Pass

2012   Ken Johnston arrangement of the Scottish folk song Ca’ the Yowes – commissioned and premiered, and recorded on All Things Pass

2011   Philip Lawson arrangement of the English folk song The Oak and the Ash – commissioned and premiered, and recorded on All Things Pass

2011   Festival Alleluia by James Whitbourn – commissioned by the Farnham Festival, premiered by FYC, and recorded on All Things Pass

2009   Gwyn Arch arrangements of Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and Where or When by Richard Rodgers – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on 25th Birthday Concert CD

2009   Gray’s Pier by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Celebration!

2009   Silver by Graham Ross – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Celebration!

2007   It Sounded as if the Streets Were Running by Jonathan Dove – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Yo Le Canto

2007   Stolen Voices by Tarik O'Regan – premiered at the Imperial War Museum (not available on CD)

2003   Four Bashō Settings by Augusta Read Thomas – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Celebration!

2003   Gwyn Arch arrangements of the standard classics Sweet Georgia Brown, Anything Goes and Blue Moon – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Laudate

2001   A Dream of Snow by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on A Dream of Snow

2000   Douglas Coombes arrangements of two English folk songs, O Rare Turpin Hero and Sweet Polly Oliver – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on A Dream of Snow

1999   Peter Gritton arrangement of the standard classic Fever – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on A Dream of Snow

1999   Gwyn Arch arrangement of the English folk song Beautiful Nancy – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on A Dream of Snow

1999   Gwyn Arch arrangement of Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals – premiered and recorded on Carnival!

1993   Four Elizabethan Lyrics by Ronald Corp – commissioned, premiered, and recorded on Sing You Now

1991   Epigraminals by Grayston Ives – commissioned by the Farnham Festival and premiered by FYC (not available on CD)


Special relationships

John Rutter Composer and Conductor

Invitation to perform Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, involving a subsequent commercial recording released by Collegium.

Invitation to give the UK Premiere at Guildford Cathedral of his world-acclaimed Mass of the Children, followed by further performances (St. Paul's Cathedral; King’s College Chapel, Cambridge) and a recording released by Naxos.

Sing Up - The Music Manifesto's National Singing Programme. FYC has recorded several collections of music for this government-sponsored initiative, accessible on–line at www.singup.org/songbank/song-bank/

Community support and former choir parents

Through its work with and for young people FYC has generated an astonishing level of long-term parental and community support. The success of choirs like ours stands or falls with the commitment of volunteers.

In Andreas Klatt and the late Chris Mansell we have also been fortunate to have had visionary supporters with a lively interest in the artistic development of the choir, resulting in ground-breaking commissions from leading composers of our time.