The Auckland Youth Choir is a mixed-voice choir. The choir performs a wide variety of challenging and enjoyable music (sacred and secular) from early renaissance to new works. The Auckland Youth Choir aims to offer young singers a place to challenge themselves and gives a broad musical and choral experience while making friends and having a lot of fun. Choir members love performing choral music and make friends for life.The choir was set up in 1984 to bridge the gap for school leavers between school choirs and adult choirs. Since 1984 the choirs has been on a number of tours, with the most recent being to New York early in 2016 to perform at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International. Andrew Carter, now a well known English composer, conductor and tutor was initial conductor. Following Andrew’s return to England, Brigid McLafferty took over the reins for 5 years and established the choir as a major part of the youth music scene in Auckland. The choir gained an international reputation under the conductorship of Terence Maskell, who was Musical Director for 9 years until he moved on in 2001. Subsequent conductors have been Stuart Weightman, Claire Caldwell, Iain Tetley, Rachel Young, Rostislava (Ronnie) Pankova-Karadjov.