The multi award winning New Forest Children’s Choir was formed in 2008 by Alison Russell-Hayward and is based in Christchurch with weekly rehearsals at The Regent Centre.

The Choir is honoured and proud to have John Rutter as Patron.

The Children’s Choir is open to all children.

The children bring their energy and love of singing alive performing classical choral pieces, traditional folk songs, music from the musicals, gospel and some african songs songs to the highest standards, enabling the choir to perform at National and International levels. Alison develops singing technique with every child and opportunities for individual lessons are given. In rehearsals the children work extremely hard but also have fun in an atmosphere of trust and support.

In early 2011 a Training Choir was introduced to act as a feeder choir for the Main choir. The children have their own rehearsal and often join with the Main choir for part of their rehearsal.

In September 2011 the New Forest Chamber Choir was formed. This choir offers a rare opportunity for children and adults to sing together. For further details please go to their website at New Forest Chamber Choir.



“You have voices of angels - the purity of sound and your trademark legato phrasing is exceptional. It sounds like one voice when you sing”

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Auditions are now happening as exciting concert opportunities are coming up.

See the auditions page for details, or email the choir for further information.

Click here to view photos of our fun day visit to the Royal Festival Hall to compete in the final of Barnardo’s National Choral Competition.

All donations will help defray the costs of the Choir’s ongoing concert expenses.

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Christmas Tree Festival Concert
at St Thomas’ Church, Lymington

When: Sunday 10th December at 5pm

New Forest Children’s Choir and New Forest Chamber Choir presenting a stunning, magical CHRISTMAS CONCERT as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.

“Wow the New Forest Children’s Choir were just fabulous. You must be so proud. Bright, smiling in all the right places. Using their bodies as well as their voices!! Everything is there. Thank you so much for being part of what people are calling the best ever BBC Radio Solent Carol Concert!!

Of course the children are no more than a reflection of their conductor and I really do congratulate you on such a wonderful choir.

It has been just a joy for me to work together and I hope it will happen again in some context.”
Tim Daykin
Presenter BBC Radio Solent

“the New Forest Children’s Choir are performing and you cannot believe how wonderful they are - beautiful, absolutely amazing!”
BBC Radio Solent presenter

Priory choir member 11th Dec 2016 19:12

The BBC have various choirs singing each year, but as soon as I heard your Children's Choir singing in rehearsal I knew this was something really special

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