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The Youth Choir was founded in 1988 and is currently made up of young musicians from 15 to 25 years of age. It is one of the three choirs –also the Senior Choir and the Children’s Choir- that make up the Music Department of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, which has more than 300 voices.

Under the conduction of José Ángel Émbil, the Youth Choir has performed throughout Asturias on numerous occasions. It toured Germany with great success in 1990 and took part in the Clermont-Ferrand International Youth Choir Festival (France). On the same year, the Choir offered a concert at the XI Choir Music Cycle in Logroño. In 2000, they performed in Yunquera de Henares, the University of Alcalá, and the Caja Álava Auditorium, in Vitoria. In 2001, they obtained the second Prize at the Children’s Festival in Habaneras, held in Torrevieja. In April 2002, they offered two concerts in Barcelona and in June they performed at the Jerónimos Church in Madrid.

In 2005, the Choir returned to Madrid to sing in the El Pardo Royal Palace on occasion of the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, at a concert that was presided over by the then Prince and Princess of Asturias.

In December the Choir returned to Madrid to perform at a concert in the Royal Palace for the staff of the National Heritage.

During the XXIX Religious Music Week (2006), the Choir premiered Diez villancicos pixuetos at the Saint Nicholas of Bari Church, by Elvira Bravo and the Fernández Ahuja brothers, and restored and harmonized by José Mª Martínez.

In 2009, they joined the Youth Choir of the Performing Arts School in Kentucky (U.S.A.) at a concert in the Chamber Music Hall of the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Choir has collaborated with other Youth Orchestras such as the Orchestras of Oviedo and Aviles’ Conservatory, the “Arché” Chamber Orchestra and the “Alte Musik” wood-wind Quartet.

The choir has premiered pieces specially written for it by composers like Alfonso Sánchez or Luis Vázquez del Fresno.

It is also a source of new voices for the Senior Choir, which has already reached unquestionable prestige in Spain and abroad.

The Youth Choir covers a wide repertoire, from elder to contemporary music and from religious to popular music. The members of the Choir rehearse for more than five hours every week and attend classes of music theory and vocal technique with the teachers of the Choirs of the Prince of Asturias Foundation.

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