Building on its success since its inauguration in 2012, London Youth Choir has always attracted the best professional musicians to lead its musical activities and is pleased to announce the following new appointments:

  • Co-founder, Suzi Digby OBE becomes the Choir’s Founding President. 
  • The choir’s other co-founder, Rachel Staunton, becomes LYC’s Director and assumes responsibility for all five ensembles under the LYC banner.
  • Eamonn Dougan joins LYC to become Associate Conductor working with the Chamber Choir.  

Eamonn Dougan said –

“I’m delighted to be joining the London Youth Choir. With music education increasingly under threat in our schools, LYC provides essential opportunities for young singers in London.   Rachel Staunton and her team are creating a hugely exciting and varied programme for their choirs and I’m very much looking forward to working with them.

  • Another appointment to the artistic team this season sees Robbie Jacobs taking up the post of Assistant Conductor with special responsibilities for the Main Choir and Chamber Choir.

With a prestigious line up of conductors, LYC looks forward to an exciting 2016 season of concerts.


Rachel Staunton is the Co-Founder and Director of London Youth Choir and the Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB). Rachel’s passion for choirs sparked at a young age as a member of the Berkshire Youth Choir and the NYCGB.  Studying at Royal Holloway, University of London, she gained a First Class Honours degree in music before taking up her post-graduate studies in Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music. In this time, she studied with many leading lights of the choral world, and had the opportunity to conduct the BBC Singers in master classes and performances, graduating with several awards and prizes.

Rachel was Vocal Consultant for the Opera North Children’s Chorus and Vocal Director for In Harmony Opera North. As a music educator, she enjoys leading workshops all over the UK, regularly adjudicating at festivals and competitions. Rachel has recently led workshops for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sing Up, Singing4Success, the English Concert, Music for Youth, Opera North, NYCGB and the Association of British Choral Directors. In recognition of her pioneering work with young people, Rachel is proud to have been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


Eamonn Dougan is the first Associate Conductor of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The Sixteen and of its junior cohort Genesis Sixteen, and is the founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. In December 2015 he conducted concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Accentus and a Messiah tour for Britten Sinfonia (including a performance at The Barbican). Eamonn has recently recorded the fourth disc in his acclaimed Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen and plans for 2016 include a return to Accentus in Paris and debuts with Opera Rara and the BBC Singers.


Robbie Jacobs was the Senior Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and now leads a varied career as a singer, conductor and teacher. He is the Musical Director of contemporary vocal ensemble, Reverie, and the Southend Festival Chorus. He is also Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and was the Conducting Scholar for Genesis Sixteen – The Sixteen’s young artists’ scheme, in 2014-15.


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Appointments press release 2016 (PDF – 2MB)