The London Youth Choir
Unlocking young people’s potential through the power of choral singing
Weekly choirs for young people aged 7 – 23 rehearse on Monday evenings during term time. Rehearsals are held in the City of London, and membership is via audition. All LYC membership fees are subsidised, and an extensive bursary scheme is available to help cover costs of fees and travel.
The choirs are split according to age and experience levels:
- Boys’ Choir (unbroken voices, school years 3 – 6)
- Girls’ Choir (school years 3-6)
- Cambiata Choirs (Split Girls’ and Boys’ voices, school years 7 – 11)
- Senior Choir (mixed voices, school years 11 – 23)
- Chamber Choir (20-member choir, mixed voices age 16+)
Membership of the youth choirs provides a high-calibre, accessible musical education in a supportive and welcoming environment. Alongside technical and musicianship training and social activities, members benefit from high-level and varied performance opportunities including soundtrack recordings, television appearances and performances in iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Abbey Road Studios, Glastonbury and Wembley Stadium.
The Aspire Programme works collaboratively with schools, music hubs and cultural organisations to provide bespoke singing experiences within schools in areas observed to have limited cultural opportunity or music provision. In addition to workshops in schools, the programme hosts specialist CPD sessions for teachers and music leaders wishing to develop skills in KS2 and KS3 choral leadership, and provides talented young musicians discovered through the ASPIRE workshops with opportunities to continue to develop their musical learning through the Junior Apprenticeship Scheme. The Aspire Programme is run in conjunction with Arts Award and Friday Afternoons.
The London Youth Choir was formed in 2012 by Rachel Staunton and Suzi Digby OBE. LYC is a registered charity (1151714).