Join LYC: Audition Sign-Up now open!

Published 31 May 2024

Audition sign-up period now open for all choirs

We are pleased to announce that you can now sign up to audition for one of our choirs. Auditions will be held in July, with auditions for our two oldest choirs also held in September. If you live in London and like to sing, we’d love to meet you!

We are holding auditions for all 10 choirs. To work out which choir is right for you, see the diagram further down this page or click here to find out more about each choir.

Auditions for each choir will be at the dates and locations below. There are multiple options for most choirs. Please note, if you want to audition for LYC Chamber Choir you will need to sign up for a September audition.

    JULY

    Saturday 6 | All choirs except LYC Chamber Choir | City Hope Church, SE16 2JY

    Monday 8 | LYC Junior Boys, LYC Junior Girls, LYC Cambiata Boys, LYC Cambiata Girls, London Youth Choir | City Hope Church, SE16 2JY

    Wednesday 10 | LYC South West | Streatham & Clapham High School, SW16 1AW

    Thursday 11 | LYC South East | City Hope Church, SE16 2JY

    Thursday 11 | LYC North East | Bernie Grant Arts Centre, N15 4RX

    Thursday 11 | LYC West | St Barnabas Church Hall, W5 1QG

    Monday 15 | LYC Junior Boys, LYC Junior Girls, LYC Cambiata Boys, LYC Cambiata Girls, London Youth Choir | City Hope Church, SE16 2JY

    September

    Monday 2 | London Youth Choir and LYC Chamber Choir | City of London School, EC4V 3AL

    The sign-up period for July auditions will close at midday on Monday 1 July 2024.

    Auditions for LYC Chamber Choir (Year 12 to age 22) and extra auditions for London Youth Choir (Year 11 to age 22) will be held in September 2024. If you wish to audition for the Chamber Choir, you will need to sign up for a September audition. You can do this until midday on Monday 19 August.

    To sign up for an audition, you will need to register with our portal. If you have any difficulty with this process, please click on the guidance document below, or watch the video by Freddie, our Membership & EDI Manager.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at [email protected] or on 07388 623 178 – we’ll be happy to help.

    You can be in London Youth Choirs from school year 3 until the end of the academic year in which you turn 23.

    You don’t need to have any previous experience of singing in choirs or groups. If you do sing already, it doesn’t matter what style you like to sing: there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ singer for a choir and we sing all sorts of music.

    To join LYC you first need to audition. That might sound scary but we make a big effort to ensure that the experience is friendly and supportive. We won’t try to catch you out, we want to see and hear you at your best.

    Auditions for junior choirs will be held in groups, and auditions for Cambiata choirs, LYC Chamber Choir and London Youth Choir will be individual auditions.

    Visit our ‘Join LYC‘ page to find out more about what happens during an audition.

    As a member of LYC you will meet once a week during term-time for rehearsal. Rehearsals are always at the same time in the same place (these vary depending on which choir you audition for). At rehearsals you’ll learn and practice songs and skills, developing abilities and confidence as you go. Sometimes, we invite guest leaders to introduce different music and activities.

    You will also get to take part in social activities and make new friends.

    Other LYC membership benefits include your LYC t-shirt, all your music and access to our secure online members zone, MyLYC.

    All auditions are free.

    FINANCE SHOULD NOT BE A BARRIER TO PARTICIPATION IN LYC.

    Standard Membership fees for the 2023/24 year were £350. Membership fees go towards covering the cost of running the choirs. As a charity, LYC subsidises membership fees by around 75% of the true cost of membership through grants and fundraising.

    We offer LYC members the option to pay more than the standard membership fee to cover some of that subsidy if they wish – this will be integrated into the start of term induction process. 

    If your audition is successful and you are offered a place but require financial assistance to accept, LYC can offer financial assistance to cover all costs of membership (including concert uniform, travel, and concert tickets). You can find out more and apply via our secure online members zone, MyLYC, which we’ll give you access to.

    There is so much to get out of being a member of LYC: vocal and musical skills and training, experience of concerts, recordings, music videos and amazing venues as well as life long friendships. Here is what some of our members have said about their experiences:

    “It means a lot to me to join LYC and to be singing for thousands of people every year. I have fun every week at the rehearsals. I like seeing everyone and I love rehearsing for concerts, and to meet new faces and chat.” – current member

    “Singing in LYC has been a pivotal experience in my development as a musician. As a young singer, LYC equipped me with the musicianship skills, versatility and confidence to go after my dream of becoming a professional singer. The friendships and connections I made with colleagues and mentors have been essential to my growth and I will always cherish the memories of our rehearsals and performances.” – former member

    “Everyone has been very nice and welcoming. It’s the first choir I’ve been in and it’s a lot of fun. Loads of cool opportunities, and everyone is so kind and open to talk with” – current member

    “LYC has given me back confidence I never knew I needed. It has introduced me to the best people I have ever met and taught me that its okay to be a choral music nerd. I look forward to every rehearsal all week and feel such a sense of belonging like I’ve never felt before. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and you feel like you can talk to everyone. The staff is incredible and are the best people.” – former member

    Which LYC choir is for me?

    We have six choirs for young people in school years 3-6:

     

    • LYC Junior Boys – rehearses Mondays, 4.45-5.55pm in central London
    • LYC Junior Girls – rehearses Mondays, 4.45-5.55pm in central London
    • LYC South West – rehearses Wednesdays, 4.30-5.30pm in Streatham
    • LYC North East – rehearses Thursdays, 4.30-5.30pm in Tottenham
    • LYC South East – rehearses Thursdays, 4.30-5.30pm in Bermondsey
    • LYC West – rehearses Thursdays, 4.30-5.30pm in Ealing

    We have two choirs for young people in school years 7-11: LYC Cambiata Boys and LYC Cambiata Girls. They both rehearse on Mondays from 6.15-7.25pm in central London.

    Young people in Year 11 up to age 23 can be in London Youth Choir. They rehearse on Mondays from 7.30-8.45pm in central London.

    Young people in Year 12 up to age 23 can be in LYC Chamber Choir. They rehearse on Mondays from 6.00-7.15pm in central London. Members of LYC Chamber Choir must also be members of London Youth Choir.

    You can be in LYC until the end of the academic year in which you turn 23. 

    SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION

    Click the button below to sign up for an audition via our portal.

    More information

    Visit our ‘Join LYC’ page to find out more about auditions, and what it’s like to be a member of London Youth Choirs.

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