OUR CHAMBER CHOIRTHE PINNACLE OF EXCELLENCE
The Chamber Choir is a twenty-voice SATB choir (ages 16 – 23) and is the culmination of the exceptional musical training members receive in their journey with LYC.
This Choir is conducted by Greg Beardsell and rehearses on Mondays during term time, from 6 – 7.15pm, near St Paul’s. All choir members participate in a wide range of concert performances throughout the term. Members of the Chamber Choir are also required to be members of Senior Choir.
Conductor / Musicianship Tutor
Greg is a leading light in music education and performance. His ability to inspire people of all ages to explore new musical horizons whilst sharing his diverse range of musical skills has created new and exciting music-making opportunities, particularly for young people.
As well as being conductor of the London Youth Chamber Choir, he is Music Director of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, the Peace Proms and Principal Conductor of the National Youth Training Choir. He is a guest presenter for BBC Radio 3’s “Live in Concert” and “Choir and Organ” programmes and features as a choral music expert for the BBC Proms TV broadcasts.
He has held conducting positions with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, the Irish Youth Choir, the Ulster Youth Choir and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir and has presented seminars on conducting and teaching strategies for organisations such as Cambridge University, the Association of Swedish Choral Conductors, Cornell University New York, and music education hubs across England.
Chamber Choir members are among the finest young singers in London and are capable of tackling challenging and varied repertoire, ranging from ancient music to new commissions, often singing in as many as 12 parts. The choir is proud to be the choral development partners of leading professional ensemble, Tenebrae.
The Chamber Choir provides its members with the richest possible musical experience and aims to transform them into exceptional musicians, ready for the professional world, through regular rehearsals, vocal tuition, workshops and exceptional performance opportunities.
The Chamber Choir perform at a variety of prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall, Guildhall London, Glastonbury, Barbican, St John’s Smith Square and Southwark Cathedral, as well as on national television and radio.
There are sixteen Scholarship places available in the Chamber Choir (four each of SATB). Scholars attend all Chamber Choir and Senior Choir events and are given a termly stipend of £200, to be used towards travel and singing lesson expenses. Scholars (who are usually aged 18+) have notable technical and music-reading ability and so may be offered leadership opportunities within the other LYC choirs.
There are four Apprentice places available in the Chamber Choir. Apprentices are usually aged between 16-18, and are selected through demonstration of exceptional musical promise and dedication to developing their technical and choral knowledge. Chamber Choir Apprenticeships are given fully subsidised LYC membership.
Auditions are held every September.
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Apprentice Members of the Choir receive a fully subsidised place in the Chamber and Senior Choirs each term, also receiving a free concert folder and LYC t-shirt. A comprehensive bursary scheme is available to provide assistance with the cost of any other related expenses. For more information, please go to the help with costs page.
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