LYC West is a mixed voice choir for children in school years 3 – 6, based in Ealing and run in partnership with Ealing Music Service. It’s the second 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 West is for children in school years 3-6 who live in Ealing and surrounding areas of West 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 West 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 West 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 West 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. Because LYC West is starting half way through the year, the 2021 annual membership fee for LYC West is £127.50.
The 2021 membership fee can be paid as a single sum or by monthly direct debit (five payments of £25.50). 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 West: 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 West 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 West, we’ve almost certainly got the answers! Drop us an email (Mon-Fri, 9.00am-5.00pm) and we’ll be happy to help.
EALING MUSIC SERVICE - PROJECT PARTNER
LYC West has been launched in partnership with Ealing Music Service.
Ealing Music Service is the lead organisation of Ealing Music Partnership (the Music Education Hub for The London
Borough of Ealing). The Ealing Music Partnership Board plays a central role in shaping priorities and aims to make the
most efficient and effective use of the various funding sources and resources for music education in and out of school.
LYC are grateful to Ealing Music Service for their essential support.
LYC West Conductor, LYC Cambiata Girls Assistant Leader
Olivia is a freelance conductor and singer based in London. She is currently studying Choral Conducting under Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music where she has conducted masterclasses with the BBC Singers, Paul Brough, David Hill and Simon Halsey, and been shortlisted for the DIMA International Choral Conducting Competition.
Olivia completed her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Sheffield where she also won the ‘Jessop Voices’ conducting award. She is a Conducting Scholar with Milton Keynes Chorale, Musical Director of Horsham Chamber Choir and Assistant Musical Director of The Hythe Singers, and is a former Sing For Pleasure Young Conducting Scholarship holder.
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