Richard Cooke formed the Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir in 2007 as an adjunct to his work over 30 years as Music Director of Canterbury Choral Society. CCSYC has developed spectacularly in its first seven years, performing in many concerts in Canterbury Cathedral, including Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (sung in German), Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s St. Nicolas, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Elgar’s The Kingdom. They sang Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at Snape Maltings Concert hall in May 2008, and have twice sung the “boys” choir music in Britten’s War Requiem – in Canterbury Cathedral and Snape Maltings. They made their London debut in December 2013 in the Royal Albert Hall, together with the Royal Choral Society in their annual Christmas concert.
He has maintained his work with young choirs from the time of his departure from Tiffin School, whose famous choir he trained and conducted for several years.
He has worked with youth choirs on many occasions, especially in Sweden with mixed choirs, as well as girls and boys choirs separately. For many years he had an association with the Diocese of Västerås in Sweden, conducting many youth projects.