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 form. Before 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 email@example.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.