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.”

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.”