National Youth Choir Alumni

Welcome to the National Youth Choir Alumni community! 

If you are a former member of any National Youth Choir ensemble or emerging professional artist programme, then you still part of our National Youth Choir family! We’d love you to stay connected to our work and the ever-growing community of talented National Youth Choir graduates across the UK and abroad. Whether you’ve recently been a member or were involved back in the early years – you are very welcome. 

We are so proud that our alumni have gone on to achieve such wonderful things. National Youth Choir alumni are graduates from across the choir’s 40-year history, including doctors, nurses, teachers, conductors, CEOs as well as professional singers from The Swingles, BBC Singers, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir, Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and Royal Opera House Choruses and come together from as far afield as America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Germany. 

Whatever your journey, we’d love each and every one of you to stay in touch.

There are a number of ways you can choose to get involved. To be part of our supportive online network, join our Alumni Facebook Group; come together to sing with other alumnus by taking part in concerts and events or be part of the National Youth Choir's future by getting involved in fundraising initiatives to support more young people to be part of its life-changing programmes.

Join our alumni communities on on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

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We are delighted to welcome our new Alumni Champions Committee - all former members of the National Youth Choir, and representing four decades of music making. Working with National Youth Choir staff, they have volunteered to support the ongoing work to engage with as many alumni as possible and continue to celebrate the joy and power of choral singing among young people.

Elizabeth Hogarth (Chair) 

Elizabeth Hogarth PG Cert BA (Hons), is the General Manager of Theatre Hullabaloo where she leads on the key operational elements of the business. Elizabeth also has a PC Cert in Learning & Teaching, and a particular interest and passion for education, theatre and music. Elizabeth has over 10 years’ experience in management and finance & administration and over 15 years’ experience in the performing arts as a professional singer. 

Elizabeth's journey with National Youth Choir began around 20 years ago, joining the first ever Girls' Choir, moving onto Training Choir and completing two international tours with National Youth Choir. Elizabeth has also worked for a number of years on the residential courses and also worked as administrator from 2017-2022 for the Young Composers, Fellowship, National Youth Coir and Chamber Choir. Elizabeth is delighted to now be the Chair of the Alumni Champions Committee.

Tom Appleton 

Tom Appleton is a performer, presenter, producer, educator and arts consultant whose work sits at the cross section of arts, heritage, health and well-being, and place making - especially in rural and coastal areas. Based in Suffolk, Tom has worked for organisations such as the Monteverdi Choir, Britten Pears Arts, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC Singers, the National Trust, Arts Council England, and various Music Education Hubs. 

Hannah Berridge 

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Charlotte Brosnan

Charlotte Brosnan is a soprano, conductor, animateur and presenter, and enjoys delivering workshops and education projects for various national organisations throughout the UK and Europe. She is also an ambassador for Britten-Pears Arts and a trustee for St Paul’s Opera. Charlotte has been a soloist in many of the World’s prestigious concert venues and recorded the Grammy Award winning Album, ‘Light and Gold,’ with the world-renowned composer Eric Whitacre.

Jess Coapes

Hi, I’m Jess. I only recently left the choir in 2023 after originally joining in 2018. I am therefore part of the 2020 cohort. I’ve sung in school choir and musical theatre for many years and then joined this wonderful choir. Outside of music I am an architectural assistant in Oxford. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to keep our community together again after we’ve gone our separate ways.

Georgina Curwen

Hello! I’m Georgia and I was in National Youth Choir from 2017-18. I’m a graduate from RNCM and I’m currently working for a children’s charity. I’m looking forward to giving back to National Youth Choir and supporting more people, young and old, in enjoying music and singing as part of their life!

Andy Farris

Andy joined National Youth Choir in the early days of 1984 at the tender age of 15 finally leaving at the not so tender age of 23 in 1992. During his time with National Youth Choir he was Bass 2 Section Leader and went on 3 international tours. Now at the ripe old age of 54 he continues to be involved so that the next generations can access the life changing experiences that he did. Andy is also a member of the Campaign Committee.

Anna George

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Elizabeth Hurran

Liz was a member National Youth Choir in the early 1990s. It was a formative experience both musically and personally and she went on to become a professional actress performing extensively in theatre, film, and television. Now a mum to two chapel choristers, Liz remains associated with the Choir because she wants to support access for all keen young singers.

Derri Joseph Lewis 

Derri is a composer fascinated by voices. He was a 2021 National Youth Choir Young Composer and was involved with the choir’s Learning & Engagement activities in North East England. Derri is an alumnus of King’s College London (MA), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (BMus), and Zürich University of the Arts. He is Associate Trustee of the National Centre for Early Music and works for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  

Charlotte Mobbs

I joined National Youth Choir in 1991, having come through the state school system, singing in local choirs near Bristol. I went on to go to Music College and became a professional singer. I have sung with many of the countries top vocal ensembles including Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort and The Sixteen - with whom I continue to be a regular member. More recently I have participated in regular training opportunities to become a qualified Vocal Health Professional and a Vocal Massage Therapist. I am proud to continue my association with National Youth Choir through vocal coaching on courses.

Kate Smith

Kate’s love of singing, and in particular choral music, began with the National Youth Choir, and continued with a choral scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge. Despite a busy day job as a GP, Kate has sung semi-professionally as a chorister, and as soloist for OUP Music recordings. In addition to singing in several choirs, Kate is also trustee for Oxford based choir Commotio. 

Amy Thompson

My name is Amy Thompson and I was in the National Youth Choir from 1999 to 2003. I was lucky enough to partake in the 2003 World Tour, which provided with so many amazing memories which will last a lifetime. I am now fortunate enough to work on the residential NYC courses in a pastoral capacity. In my non-Choir life, I am a trained secondary school music teacher who made the transition to being a peripatetic singing teacher and vocal health fanatic. I am a student studying for my Masters in Vocal Pedagogy and I am also mum of 3 (one of who has also been in the NYC family). I am looking forward to being a part of the Alumni Champions Committee and the future ahead!

Anna von Preyss 

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