If you already know all about joining LYC and are ready to get started, check here for the next available auditions and sign-up links. If you’re new to this page, please read on.

Audition dates and sign-up links
Audition for LYC West
  • School Year 3 - School Year 6
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: to be announced
  • Auditions cost: free
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Audition for LYC South East
  • School Year 3 - School Year 6
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: to be announced
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Audition for the LYC Central Choirs
  • Our central choirs are: Girls' Choir, Boys' Choir, Cambiata Girls, Cambiata Boys, London Youth Choir
  • School Year 3 - Age 22
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: To be announced
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Audition for the LYC Chamber Choir
  • Age 16 - Age 22
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: To be announced
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Please note: members of the LYC Chamber Choir are appointed for a year after a July or September audition and are re-auditioned each year.

Why should I join LYC?

 

If you love singing and making music with others, and enjoy challenging yourself in a supportive environment, then joining LYC might just be what you need in your life!

We have 8 choirs for different age groups, voices and abilities, and are open to children and young people from school year 3 up to 22 years old who live in or are educated in London.

Watch the video to hear directly from our members about what LYC means to them.

Which LYC choir is for me?

 

Check the diagram to see which choirs we have for your age group.

You can audition to join any LYC choir for which you are the right age.

Click / tap on the diagram to zoom in

What else should I know about joining LYC?

 

Anyone, living in or educated in London from school year 3 up to age 22 can join London Youth Choirs.

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.

Information about when our next auditions are can be found at the top or bottom of this page.

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. We frequently invite guest leaders to introduce special music and activities.

You will also get to take part in social activities and make new friends, and best friends (trust us!)

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

Auditions for LYC are FREE (New this year)

FINANCE SHOULD NOT BE A BARRIER TO PARTICIPATION IN LYC.

If your audition is successful and you are offered a place, the annual membership fee for all LYC choirs is £255. We offer financial assistance to help with fees. You can find out more and apply via our secure online members zone, MyLYC, which we’ll give you access to.

The membership fee can be paid as a single lump sum or by monthly direct debit (eight payments of £31.87). All the information about how to pay is in our secure online members zone, MyLYC.

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 one of our former members, Lottie, had to say about her experience:

“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.”

LYC in action

Here’s some recent videos of LYC choirs in action – they give a really good idea of the kind of music we sing and the ways in which we perform.

You can find more on our YouTube channel, where we also upload new videos regularly.

How do auditions work?

 

LYC auditions are relaxed, informal and are meant to be good fun. We are not intimidating or scary like the X-Factor.

When you come to an audition, our friendly team will be looking to find out about your personality and potential, how quickly you pick up new music and ideas, your individual voice, your attitude towards learning, and what singing and music mean to you.

What actually happens in your audition varies depending on your age; take a look at the Audition Guides to find out more.

Audition guide: Primary school (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, learn it together with the other singers in the group, and then demonstrate phrases in the group and on your own. The workshop will be fun and you can expect to get a taste for what actual LYC rehearsals are like. Your audition should take around 20 minutes.
Audition guide: 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.

How can I sign up for an audition?

 

Simple – check below for the next auditions and sign-up links. If no audition dates are given, you can still sign up to register your interest and we will contact you as soon as audition dates become avaialable.

Audition dates and sign-up links
Audition for LYC West
  • School Year 3 - School Year 6
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: to be announced
  • Auditions cost: free
  • Join our mailing list to get alerts when sign-up opens

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Audition for LYC South East
  • School Year 3 - School Year 6
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: to be announced
  • Join our mailing list to get alerts when sign-up opens

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Audition for the LYC Central Choirs
  • Our central choirs are: Girls' Choir, Boys' Choir, Cambiata Girls, Cambiata Boys, London Youth Choir
  • School Year 3 - Age 22
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: To be announced
  • Join our mailing list to get alerts when sign-up opens

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Audition for the LYC Chamber Choir
  • Age 16 - Age 22
  • Next auditions: January 2022
  • Auditions location: To be announced
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Please note: members of the LYC Chamber Choir are appointed for a year after a July or September audition and are re-auditioned each year.

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, LYC Cambiata Boys. 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.
What if I'm between schools this summer?
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.
If I get in will I have to audition again to keep 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 are the auditions?
Auditions are currently being held online, but we hope to be returning to live auditions soon.

For our central choirs, auditions are held at our rehearsal venue: City of London School for Boys, Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 3AL. The nearest tubes are Mansion House, Blackfriars, St Paul’s and Bank.

For LYC South East, auditions are held at our rehearsal venue in Southwark.

For LYC West, auditions are held at our rehearsal venue in Ealing.

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 rehearsals and my family would find it tricky to commit, what should i do?
We will do our best to help you find ways of sharing travel arrangements with other LYC members 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.

Get in touch

If you’ve got questions about joining LYC and can’t find answers on this page then please send us an email (Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm) and we’ll be happy to help.
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