The Madrid Youth Choir began their adventure in July of 2014, but the musical journey of many of its members and of their director, Juan Pablo de Juan, goes back even further to their time in other choirs belonging to public institutions. With the firm intent of creating their own choir, they started off as guests of the Orfeoi Gazte, the youth choir of the Orfeón Donostiarra, with a concert in San Sebastián. This concert became the starting point of an international tour, with concerts at the church of Saint Eustach in Paris, in Berlin, in Waldfischbach (Germany) and the church of Santa María del Pí (Barcelona), and took them to the 10th International Youth Chamber Choir Meeting in Usedom (Germany), in which the Choir had the chance to work with prestigious directors such as Bo Johansson (Sweden), Ursa Lah (Slovenia) and Kjetil Aamann (Norway). The international tour and the participation in the Usedom festival were the theme of the documentary "Cantar para Vivir", by Guillermo Mealla (Madrid Films).
The current season begun with a performance at the Gran Teatro de Manzanares (Ciudad Real), and was followed by an inaugurating act of the National Congress of Cardiology at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos in Madrid a few days later. After this, the choir initiated once more the intensive Christmas campaign along with the Madrid City Council, touring trough all local markets of the town. Meanwhile, they also gave various Christmas concerts at the Museo del Prado in Madrid and in the city of Villareal at the V Festival Coral “Ciutat de Vila-Real”. By the end of the year, the upcoming project to set up a children’s choir that should broaden the pedagogical and artistic work of the Madrid Youth Choir was finally brought up to life. The Menudos Cantantes would from now on permit the younger ones to live such great experiences as the one that would come to them a few weeks later.
Just started 2018, both choirs performed together at the Cabalgata de Reyes de Madrid (Three Wise Men Parade) in the city’s famous Cibeles Square. Following this, the choir started working on the enactment of the play “La vida es sueño” along with the Young Theatre Company of Bordeaux and the National Company of Classical Theatre, which took place in February at the Teatro de la Comedia de Madrid. A few weeks after, the choirs record label was released on Spotify and their new album “A tu lado” got recorded, but it wasn’t till their return from Switzerland and their participation in Basel at The European Festival of Youth Choirs in May that it got launched.
At the end of this season, the choir participated in the LI Contest in Sea Shanties of San Vicente de la Barquera, receiving the 1st Award of the Jury "Lira Marina de Oro" (Golden Lire), the Special Audience's Award and the Award to the best preformance of a ''barquereña'' piece (a song about San Vicente de la Barquera).
The Choir is comprised of around 70 singers with ages ranging from 16 to 30 who, despite their young age, are already "veteran" singers, given their extensive musical trajectory. Many of them share musical experiences from Childrens' Choirs. With this experience, they have been able to forge a choir with an impressive repertoire, that can take on musical works of great technical and vocal complexity with great speed and agility. This new road is an opportunity for the boys and girls of the Madrid Youth Choir to live the dream of sharing music with friends, and allows them to reach out to younger audiences, and have them participate in the magic of choral music.