Join the Choirs

Membership of the London Youth Choir ensembles is by audition. We invite applications from singers aged between school year 3 and 21 years, who are either living or educated in Greater London. We are looking for singers who have great potential for their age, are confident in how they use their voices and enjoy performing. You must have some experience of being in a choir and some ability to read music as well as a keen desire to learn new things and to work hard.

**Our next audition dates are Monday 4th & 11th September**
These dates will include auditions for the LYC Chamber Choir 2017-18

Internal auditions for current members will be held on 17th July

 

 

Auditions are held in the first week of each full school term. If you are applying as a treble (male unbroken voice), tenor or bass, we may be able to hear you on a regular rehearsal night in term time.

How do I apply?

To request an audition please complete our audition application formBefore submitting the form please ensure you are able to attend rehearsals by visiting our ‘Choirs‘ page. Once you have submitted the form, you will be contacted by one of our team. Please note that, if submitted some time before the audition date, it may take a few weeks for us to contact you with an audition time.

How much does it cost to join the London Youth Choir?

Auditions cost £15 per applicant, payable on the day. If you are offered a place in the choir, subscription fees are £55 per term. We offer a comprehensive bursary programme for those less able to afford these costs; if you would like to discuss these further, please email Emily Sanders at office@londonyouthchoir.com.

What should I perform at my audition?

Our music team like the chance to hear your voice, assess your musical skills and get to know you. At your audition we ask you to sing two unaccompanied pieces in contrasting styles. The first must be a folk song (you may wish to choose one from the list below) and the second should be a contrasting piece of your choice. If you can sing the pieces off by heart, that is appreciated.

What else can I expect in my audition?

Your audition will last approximately 5 – 10 minutes, and you will be heard by two of our friendly musical team. As well as performing your two pieces, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Sight reading: sight-read a section of vocal music appropriate to your age, experience and ability.
  • Ear tests: sing back a short melody or to find the top, middle or bottom note in a chord. More senior auditionees may have further ear tests, such as identifying major or minor chords.
  • Range and technical assessment: sing some exercises through to the top or bottom of your range, or perform some exercises to explore a particular area of your technique.

Folk song suggestions:

For these songs, you may start on any note, not necessarily the given pitch on the music provided.

FAQs

What if I fall between age groups for the choirs?
Choir allocation will be at the discretion of the musical director. For example, you may be placed in the Training Choir, rather than the Main Choir, if it is felt that you have good potential but may not yet be ready for the challenge of the next choir.
What if I am a boy whose voice seems to be changing?
You are very welcome to apply. At audition you will be listened to by a specialist and boys with changing voices are assessed on a case-by-case basis. We will carefully nurture you through this process and place you in the appropriate voice part.
If I am between schools this summer, which details shall I put on my application form?
Put the details of your new school, and the contact of a singing teacher or school choir leader who knows you best at the moment.
How can I prepare for the sight reading?
There are different requirements depending on your age. For younger candidates, the panel will mostly be looking for potential, whilst for older candidates, we would expect a certain level of competent sight-reading ability. Please do not let concerns about sight-reading prevent you from auditioning; everyone worries about it!
If I am accepted, will I have to re-audition in the future for my place?
We like to keep up with how our members are progressing vocally. You may be asked to sing on your own from time to time, so that our vocal coaches can give you input. You will also have to audition each time you move up to the next choir. Chamber Choir members are required to re-audition, annually.
Where will the auditions take place?
At St Katharine Cree Church (86 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 3BP) in the City of London. Nearest tube stations: Aldgate, Bank, Liverpool St
If I live just outside London, can I still audition?
Priority for membership in the London Youth Choir is for those living or educated within London (boroughs covered by the Greater London Authority and the City of London).
I am worried about travelling to the City for rehearsals and my family would find it tricky to commit to this every week. What should I do?
We will do our best to help you find ways of sharing lifts and travel arrangements with other singers in your area. We also have some funding available to assist with travel costs, if required. If you are offered a place, just get in touch, so that we can help you as much as possible.