EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Membership of LYC is awarded by audition. These are held once a term, and are open to singers from school year 3 up to 22 years old who live or are educated in London.

We are looking for singers who are able to commit to all our rehearsals and events. You need to show great potential for your age, be confident in how you use your voice and enjoy performing. You must have a keen desire to learn new things and to work hard.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU AUDITION

PRIMARY SCHOOL CANDIDATES

SCHOOL YEARS 3-6

You will take part in a group workshop that lasts between 20 – 30 minutes. This workshop takes the shape of a typical rehearsal at LYC. It will give you an idea of what being a member of LYC would be like, and will help us to see if what we do is a good fit for you.

During the workshop you will learn some singing games and warm-ups in a group of 6 – 10 people of your age. You will also learn a song together that will be sung in a round, and may be asked to sing a couple of lines on your own. There is no need to prepare any pieces to sing for us.

SECONDARY SCHOOL CANDIDATES AND ABOVE

SCHOOL YEAR 7 UP TO AGE 22

Candidates in school years 7+ have individual auditions lasting approximately 5 – 10 minutes, with two members of our friendly LYC music team.

These auditions are a great opportunity for us to get to know you as well as your singing ability and experience. You will be asked to sing two unaccompanied pieces in contrasting styles. The first must be a folk song and the second should be a contrasting piece of your choice from any genre or period. If you can sing the pieces off by heart, that is appreciated.

Below are some suggestions for folk songs (though you are very welcome to choose your own).

As well as performing your two pieces, you will be asked to do the following:

SIGHT READ

You will sight-read a section of vocal music appropriate to your age, experience and ability.

AN EAR TEST

You will be asked to sing back a short melody, or to find the top, middle or bottom note in a chord. More senior candidates may have further ear tests, such as identifying major or minor chords

A RANGE AND TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT

You will either be asked to sing some exercises exploring the top and bottom of your range, or to perform some exercises to look at a particular area of your technique.

COSTS

AUDITIONS

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

To apply for help with the cost, please fill in the bursary application form and indicate that you would like to apply for an audition bursary.

MEMBERSHIP

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

The standard termly fee is £85, which is paid by direct debit, either termly or annually.

We offer a comprehensive bursary 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 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 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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