The Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak have been one of the major success stories of the cultural life of the High Peak since their formation in 1991 by their inspirational Founder Director Joyce Ellis. They are firmly established as one of the UK’s foremost children’s choral organisations.
Located in the beautiful hills of rural Derbyshire, England, the choirs quickly gained a national and international profile with successes in major competitions and festivals, including twice winners of the highly prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod, major concert engagements, and appearances on TV and radio and in European tours. They perform regularly in a wide variety of venues including cathedrals and national concert halls, as well as all over Derbyshire.
The choirs are named after Kinder Scout, a local topographical landmark, and involve more than 100 choristers between the ages of 7 and 18 in a group of five choirs. They are administered by a Registered Charitable Trust.
Joyce Ellis was inspired to form the choirs, after a career as an opera and concert singer, with the specific aim of providing vocal and choral training for children with the excitement of high-level performance with professional attitudes and approach. Children are not precluded for reasons of cost and there are no voice tests or auditions in gaining entry to the Choirs’ training programme.
Explore our website to read more about the Choirs’ achievements, activities and the opportunities they offer.