About Collective

Collective is a new choir, born to help bridge the gap between youth and adult community choirs in the North East. Created by members of the BBC Youth Choir Academy, we decided to form a youth choir in the North East for all to join.

Our mission is to share the joy of singing to young adults in the North East. Rehearsals are held in the heart of Newcastle and we welcome members from Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, Northumberland and beyond. We don't believe in auditions, if you love singing, you’re welcome to come join us.

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Members of Collective alongside the BBC Youth Choir Academy
David Todd

David Todd

“I would never describe my musical taste as ecclectic, I just listen to music that makes me happy, from musical theatre to Disney hits to Beethoven and beyond. I started choral singing while working for BT, I helped establish a workplace choir with my colleagues. I've been a member of Inspiration from 2016 (a huge 200+ member community choir in the North East). Recently I performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy where I met the team which helped build Collective.”

Yiota Cornelisse

Yiota Cornelisse

“Singing, playing the flute and the piano and composing have always been a huge part of my life. This love for music has taken me on an exciting journey across various musical genres in orchestras, choirs, rock bands, and woodwind and vocal groups. From school ensembles and the Youth Orchestra of the Middle East, to The Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. Despite not choosing a career in music, being part of a choir has given me the opportunity to continue doing what I love - an opportunity we hope to give everyone with Collective.”

Alex Summerson

Alex Summerson

“I have been involved with music and performance from my earliest memories. I always knew I wanted to work in something music related. I studied Musical Theatre and Acting at Newcastle College before taking on my Performing Arts (Vocal Studies) degree at Canterbury Christ Church University. During my time at University I became a choir master for two years and it was one of the best experiences of my life. After graduating in 2017 I began working with a local band, Blue D13sel as their harmony specialist and general manager (as of 2018) as well as running my own Vocal Tuition service in my local area in Country Durham. I am incredibly excited to relieve my passion for choral singing and arrangement as part of Collective.”

Alice Dagleish

Alice Dalgleish

“From a young age I have loved music, whether it was singing in my room or in the school choir. Although trained and specialising in classical and opera my experience covers all grounds. I have been in a number of performances from a lead role in Dido and Aeneas Opera to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. I regularly sing at events such as weddings and love to belt out a classic on karaoke. Music is something I live for and I believe everyone should have the same opportunity to love and learn to sing.”

Chrystal Pearson

Chrystal Pearson

“I love to sing and perform! I started as a children’s entertainer in pantomimes and travelling theatre shows to then progress onto singing jazz, classical and even a few festive songs. I’ve performed at some pretty big venues, Royal Albert Hall, Newcastle metro arena, Sage Gateshead, but I believe in big voices, not big stages!”

Beth O’Doherty

Beth O’Doherty

“I am from Jarrow and live with two cats and two cocker spaniels. I have performed with Astravaganza Entertainment., Actors Touring Company and Chaplin’s Pantos. Most recently I scratched a solo cabaret piece at Alphabetti Theatre as part of Curious Festival.”

Emilie Armitage

Emilie Armitage

“I come from a primarily musical theatre background, having performed in productions throughout the North East for the last ten years. Throughout my time at university I led a musical production society which is what has given me the experience to be part of the collective team. I have been part of many choirs over the years but without a doubt the Proms Youth Choir was the highlight. I am thrilled to be part of a team which is helping to bring music and signing to those of us who are too old for children’s choirs but too young for adult choirs!”