The HYS Team

Lynn Hudson

Musical Director





Lynn is a graduate of Leeds University where she was awarded the Frank Toothill Memorial Prize for Music. She has worked extensively in music education, teaching and examining in schools, and lecturing at the University of Leeds. She still teaches part-time at Rishworth School, runs choral courses and is Music Director of CSI:Halifax, a choir formed by Calderdale Music Service to encourage adults back into singing. She has been Music Director of HYS since 1995.

Craig Cockerill






Craig was born and bred in Halifax and studied music at Dartington College of Arts, Devon. He trained as a teacher at the University of Leeds and is presently Curriculum Team Leader for Music at Allerton High School, Leeds. For 13 years, Craig was Director of Music at Christ Church, Mount Pellon, Halifax and currently holds the post of Organist and Choir Director at Holy Trinity, Meanwood, Leeds. He joined the HYS team in 2002 and his son Dan sings in the youth choir.

The Board of Trustees


Chair: Karen Webster

I have been a member of the board for the last 12 years. My son Tom was a member of the choir for 10 years and is now a board member, looking after marketing and the website.

Vice Chair: Louise Keller 

I have been a member of the HYS board for 5 years. I have 2 children in the choir and they really love it. I love singing and working behind the scenes in this vibrant youth choir. I am also a first aider for the choir.

Board Member: Catriona Chadderton 

I was a member of the choir for 3 years and have been a member of the board for 2. I enjoy using my musical knowledge and education to help with the choir's communications and social media. I am also a first aider for the choir.

Board Member: Tom Townend 

After being a member of the choir for 10 years, I wanted to continue my involvement by using my marketing experience to help with the choir's branding and online presence.

Company Secretary: Rachel Taylor

My son is a proud member of Halifax Young Singers. I am trying to help the choir to be a success by assisting with the administration, leaving the choir to sing. I have previous experience of being a Trustee of charities and a lifetime of being actively involved in music.

Board Member: Michael Cockerill 

I joined the board a year ago to keep the family connection, joining my son Craig, the choir's accompanist, and my grandson who sings in the choir.

Board Member: Hannah Flint

I joined the board a year ago as my younger son is a member of the choir. My role on the board is safeguarding officer for the young people

About The Choir

HYS is committed to Safeguarding and protecting the welfare of young people. HYS has both a Safeguarding and Anti-bullying policy in operation.


HYS is the registered  trademark of Halifax Young Singers Limited.

The aims of Halifax Young Singers are to encourage young people to enjoy singing and to develop their vocal skills. The choir gives young people a real feeling of what can be achieved through teamwork and being part of an extremely successful group.


Halifax Young Singers is friendly, welcoming, encouraging and fun, but we work hard and this shows in our performances.

Why don't you come along and see what we do? We'd love to see you and new members are always welcome.


At present we have a loyal and enthusiastic membership of around 70 singers, who are either members of the Youth Choir or Chamber Choir depending on their age. The Youth Choir is normally for singers, both girls and boys, in years 5-8 at school. The members of the Chamber Choir are in year 9 and above and sing in four parts.


Wherever possible we bring all singers together to make a great sound - as we have proved in competitions and concerts!