QUALITY I COLLABORATION I ASPIRATION I INCLUSION
The Aspire Programme works collaboratively with schools, music hubs and cultural organisations in areas observed to have limited cultural opportunity or music provision. Partner Schools are identified through factors known to restrict children’s access to high quality music provision. These may include but are not limited to: availability and accessibility of local music provision, quantity of specialist music teachers in schools, and financial circumstances.
Phase 1: Harrow & Barnet (2017-18)
To keep up to date with our work in Aspire Phase 1, please read our BLOG!
Phase 2: Brent & Ealing (2018-19)
Phase 3: Changing Boys' Voices (2019-2020)
Each phase consists of a series of high quality in-school workshops for primary school children with a Big Sing culmination event. Alongside direct musical engagement with children, the Aspire programme also provides additional musical support through:
London Youth Choir is a registered Arts Award Centre
Once appointed, Apprentices are are given specialist scaffolding training, to help develop musicianship and choral skills. The subsequent September, LYC Junior Apprentices join the regular weekly rehearsals of the LYC Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, joining the choirs for all concerts and events. To support their participation in the choirs, additional provision is made for the apprentices and their families. This includes:
- Free places for the whole academic year (no membership fees)
- Chaperones to take participants from school to rehearsals and back home
- Enhanced pastoral support at rehearsals
- Enhanced administrative support for families, including face-to-face meetings
- Free LYC polo shirt and concert folder, with the option to receive free concert uniform via LYC Bursaries
- Pair of complimentary tickets to performances for parents/guardians
LYC would like to give particular thanks to the supporters of the current Aspire phases: John Lyon’s Charity, Drapers’ Charitable Fund, Young Harrow Foundation and Friday Afternoons.
For the success of our pilot programme, LYC would also like to thank the National Youth Music Foundation, The Headley Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, St. James’s Place Foundation, Newcomen Collett Foundation, Friday Afternoons and N. Smith Charitable Settlement.
Queries about Aspire/our outreach work
Cathy Al-Ghabra, Aspire Programme Manager