LYC SOUTH EAST
LYC South East is a mixed voice choir for children in school years 3 – 6, based in Southwark. It’s the first LYC regional choir, created as part of our 10th anniversary plan to bring brilliant musical education closer to home for more young people across London.
LYC South East is for children in school years 3-6 who live in Southwark and surrounding areas of South East London.
You don’t need to have any previous experience of singing, or of singing in choirs or groups. And if you do sing already, it doesn’t matter what style you sing in, or what music you like to sing: there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ singer for a choir, and we sing all sorts of music!
To join LYC South East 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 make bad comments or try to catch you out, we want to see and hear you at your best! We also think it’s important to hear you as part of a group, rather than on your own, so your audition will take the form of a workshop with others.
For more info about auditions, including dates of next auditions, head to our Auditions page.
As a member of LYC South East you will meet every Thursday during term-time for rehearsal.
Rehearsals are always from 4.30-5.30pm and are currently being held online (see below). 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 new best friends (trust us!)
Other LYC South East membership benefits include your LYC t-shirt, all your music for the term, and access to our secure online members zone, MyLYC.
Finance should not be a barrier to participation in LYC.
We offer financial assistance to help with membership fees. You can find out more and apply via our secure online members zone, MyLYC, which we’ll give you access to.
The annual membership fee for all LYC choirs is £255.
The 20-2021 membership fee can be paid as a single 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 South: vocal and musical skills and training, experience of concerts, recordings and music videos, social activities and amazing friendships – but don’t take it from us! Watch this video to hear from LYC members.
Like all LYC choirs, LYC South East is currently rehearsing online.
We use Zoom for our online rehearsals, a video calling platform which is free to download and use. We always send out an email reminder on rehearsal day with clear instructions and any other handy information.
Online rehearsals are led and supervised throughout by LYC music and pastoral staff. Singing together online takes a few minutes to get used to, but after a year of doing it we can promise that you will get the hang of it quickly!
Even if you’ve been learning on a screen all day, LYC can offer something fun and different – we love doing a bit of dancing in our warm-ups, playing games and, of course, singing our hearts out.
If you’ve got any questions about LYC South East, we’ve almost certainly got the answers! Drop us an email (Mon-Fri, 9.00am-5.00pm) and we’ll be happy to help.
LYC South East Conductor
Rachel Staunton co-founded LYC in 2012 with Suzi Digby. Having gained a first-class honours degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London, Rachel continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with numerous awards and an LRAM in Choral Conducting.
She held the post of Vocal Director for In Harmony Opera North (Classic FM’s Music Education Project of the Year 2014) and spent several years establishing the Opera North Children’s Chorus. Rachel has also worked as a conductor with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for over a decade.
In 2014, Rachel was made Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of her contribution to choral music and work with young people. She is passionate about using choral music to inspire young people from all backgrounds and dedicates her career to this mission.
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