Warwickshire Young Voices was established in 2008, with a passion to provide all youngsters access to quality music education. To date they have given over 2000 local youngsters vocal coaching and experience of professional-standard live performance.
Warwickshire Young Voices provide high quality musical activities for children from reception age to 16 – through a range of classes, choirs and workshops. WYV’s main activities focus on music and vocal education through three choir groups for different ages; Treble Makers, Rising Stars and Chamber Choir. WYV also offers Piano classes and individual singing lessons.
In all activities, Warwickshire Young Voices prides itself on professionalism – with performances reaching the highest standards.
Warwickshire Young Voices are a busy group. In addition to the weekly classes and rehearsals, WYV has around 20 public performances a year – just within term time. These engagements include many prestigious events and places: Remembrance Day at The National Arboretum, Staffordshire, Evensong at Birmingham Cathedral, the Inauguration of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the UK’s largest Arts Festival, filming for BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘Spirit of the Countryside’ for the Archbishop of Canterbury; as well as many local events.
Despite all this, Warwickshire Young Voices is not all work! They pride themselves on being a fun activity open to any local youngster who wants to be involved and to that end include many social events for the whole family including theatre trips, movie evenings and suppers together.
Music is a skill for life – Let’s pass it on….
Warwickshire Young Voices is under the Musical Direction of David Iles. Following many years singing in church choirs, David studied music at Canterbury, majoring in composition. He continued his life as a musician through the Army in the Princess of Wales’ Regiment playing French Horn, but always maintained his interest in choral music. David’s composition work has been awarded the Canterbury Festival Prize for Composition, as well as having works featured by choirs such as the BBC Singers.
David is now a local Primary School Teacher and Music Education Specialist, who strongly believes in the benefits of music making for all – but especially for young children. As a member of The British Kodaly Academy, he is keen to promote high standards of musical literacy as a life skill that should be accessed by all.
Our three singing tutors, Helen, Natalie and Lucie all have full-time jobs within the medical profession. They are also highly qualified musicians and singers, with years of experience of high level music production and performance.
Helen is a Clarinetist and Saxophonist with a background as Concert and Theatre Orchestra Musician, playing at venues across Europe. She is an accomplished Alto and enjoys teaching youngsters how to sing in harmony.
Natalie is a Soprano with a Diploma in Music Theatre Performance (DipLCM). She is a talented soloist in her own right and loves inspiring children to gain the confidence to sing solos within the choir.
Lucie is an experienced musical producer, following her work with university level choirs and acting groups. She is an accomplished Alto singer who loves working with the children in both singing and acting roles.
Liz is a local school primary teacher and fully qualified ballet instructor. Liz enjoys teaching singing games with movement and rhythm during our weekly rehearsals and works as our choreographer and dance coach for any performances and productions.
We also have parent volunteers who hold full DBS checks and Warwickshire County Council Approved Chaperones who provide additional support for events and performances.