EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you love singing and enjoy making music with other young people, then joining LYC might be just what you need in your life!

We have 7 choirs (soon to be 8!) to suit different voices, age groups and abilities, and are open to singers from school year 3 up to 22 years old who live or are educated in London. Above all, if you are bananas about singing, have a good attitude and are committed to working to further your talent, then you are highly likely to be offered a place in one of our choirs.

At online auditions, our friendly team are hoping to find out:

  • your personality and potential
  • how quickly you pick up new music and concepts
  • your individual voice
  • your attitude towards learning
  • what singing and music mean to you

At the moment all our auditions take place online and they are relaxed, informal and should be good fun (not intimidating and scary like the X-Factor!). We want to meet you, get to know you a little more, and hear what music means to you.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU AUDITION

Online auditions take place in two different ways according to your age.

PRIMARY SCHOOL CANDIDATES

SCHOOL YEARS 3-6

You will join a small group-singing workshop with a member of our music team. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance (phew!). You will be introduced to a simple song, will learn it together with other singers in the workshop, and then demonstrate phrases in groups and on your own. The workshop will be fun and you can expect to get a taste for what our online rehearsals are like. Your audition should take around 20 minutes.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CANDIDATES AND ABOVE

SCHOOL YEAR 7 UP TO AGE 22

You will have an individual audition with a member of the music team and staff team. For this, you should prepare and bring along a song that you love to sing – it can be any genre or style, and doesn’t need to be longer than a minute. You can sing it a cappella (unaccompanied) or with an accompaniment or backing track (if you would like to organise that).

After you have sung your song we will have a little chat about what it means and why you have chosen it. We might ask you what singing you do, and what your musical aspirations are. We may also include some musical skills challenges, but don’t panic as these will be appropriate to your level of experience. Your audition should take up to 10 minutes.

COSTS

AUDITIONS

The cost to audition is £15 per applicant, payable in advance. Financial assistance is available for the audition fee.

You can apply for help with this cost when you fill in the audition application form – see ‘How Do I Apply’ below. 

MEMBERSHIP

If you are offered a place in the choir you will pay an annual fee, which includes a complimentary choir t-shirt and concert folder.

As part of LYC’s mission to be a truly accessible arts organisation, we are proud to be able to subsidise all member fees by over 70% of the true cost of membership (£940 per annum). The subsidised fees are £255 per annum which can be paid in instalments by Direct Debit.

We offer a comprehensive financial assistance scheme for those less able to afford these costs. Financial assistance for travel costs and concert uniform is also available.

HELP WITH COSTS

To discuss help with costs, please email James Prescott-Martin, our Finance Manager, at james.prescottmartin@londonyouthchoirs.com

HOW DO I APPLY

 

If you would like to apply for an audition please head to the audition page and select the application form for the choir you’re interested in. 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 a member of our team and you will be allocated an audition time.

Frequently asked questions

WHAT IF I FALL BETWEEN AGE GROUPS FOR CHOIRS?

Choir allocation will be at the discretion of the musical director. For example, you may be placed in one of the Cambiata Choirs rather than the Senior 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’M A BOY WHOSE VOICE IS CHANGING?

We have a special choir just for you! You are very welcome to apply. At audition you will be listened to by a specialist. 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’M 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 don’t let concerns about sight-reading prevent you from auditioning; everyone worries about it!
IF I’M ACCEPTED, WILL I HAVE TO AUDITION AGAIN 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 City of London School for Boys, Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 3AL.
The nearest tubes are Mansion House, Blackfriars, St Paul’s and Bank.

Auditions for our new South East Choir take place at the rehearsal venue in Rotherhithe.

IF I LIVE JUST OUTSIDE LONDON CAN I STILL AUDITION?
Priority for membership in the London Youth Choirs is for those living or educated within London (Boroughs covered by the Greater London Authority and the City of London).
I’M 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 needed. If you are offered a place, just get in touch so that we can help you as much as possible.
UNLOCKING YOUNG PEOPLE’S POTENTIAL THROUGH THE POWER OF CHORAL SINGING

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