LYC peopleAssistant Leaders
Each of our conductors are supported by a team of Assistant Leaders who help demonstrate and model best singing practise in our rehearsals. All expert singers at the beginnings of their professional careers, some of these leaders have come through the LYC system itself, offering an inspiring example for our younger members.
Assistant Leader (Cambiata Boys)
George is a freelance baritone based in London. He studied Music at Durham University, where he gained a high First Class in his final year public recital. Alongside his degree, he was senior choral scholar at Durham Cathedral. He also conducted the University Chamber Choir and was Musical Director and Vocal Director for the Opera Ensemble, for performances such as Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Now a freelance musician in London, George is currently a choral scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields and deputises around other churches in London. George has sung with a number of ensembles including the Chamber Choir of London, the Hilliard Ensemble, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, and St Martin’s Voices. George is also continuing to establish his solo career, with previous concert experience including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and Schutz’s Musikalische Exequien. Alongside his singing career, George still wants to inspire the next generation of singers and is thoroughly enjoying working for London Youth Choir and the Centre for Young Musicians.
Assistant Leader (Girls’ Choir)
Lauren grew up in Dorset and joined the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus at a young age. She was fortunate to have some inspiring music teachers at Clayesmore school and went on to study music at Royal Holloway University of London, graduating with a BMus (Hons). She now works in youth music education as an administrator and is particularly interested in the effect music has on physical & psychological wellbeing.
Lauren is a mezzo-soprano, and sings regularly with the London Youth Chamber Choir, National Youth Choirs and other ensembles, performing in iconic venues and at high-profile events nationally and internationally. Past performance highlights include First Night of the Proms, Centenary Memorial Service at Amiens Cathedral, Patrick Hawes “Great War Symphony” at the Royal Albert Hall, recording at Abbey Road Studios and performing at Ronnie Scott’s.
Lauren also deps as a freelance singer and assists with choral workshops across the UK. She is passionate about music education, and is VERY excited to be a member of the LYC staff team!
Assistant Leader (Boys’ Choir)
Luisa is a London based freelance soprano who specialises in additional special education. Luisa not only sings as a soloist and in ensembles around London but also teaches at a Nursery, aiding children with additional needs and furthering their development through music.
Assistant Leader / Deputy Senior Pastoral Care
Ellie’s musical education began at the age of 7, as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral. The chorister experience combined with regular National Youth Choir courses throughout her childhood sparked a real passion for music making, leading to her studying a degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Now a freelance musician, Ellie loves working with London Youth Choir and Pimlico Musical Foundation, as well as maintaining a busy singing diary with groups such as The Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen. Ellie is also the External Projects Coordinator for St Martin-in-the-Fields, an exciting musical church on Trafalgar Square.
Assistant Leader (Cambiata Girls)
Olivia is studying for a masters in choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, reading music. After graduating, she remained in Sheffield and was Conductor of Belper Singers (Derby), Lyrical Songbirds (Nottingham), YorChoir (York), Dronfield Parish Junior Voices and Assistant Conductor with Neighbourhood Voices (Sheffield).
As a singer, Olivia was an alto lay clerk at Sheffield Cathedral, a member of Kantos Chamber Choir and has performed as a soloist with Baslow Choir and Sheffield Bach Choir. She continues to sing in several London churches.
Olivia is delighted to be working with the London Youth Choir; as a teenager, she sang as an alto in the London Youth Chamber Choir, with whom she performed live with The Rolling Stones and Ellie Goulding.
Assistant Leader (Boys’ Choir)
Penelope Jane Homer graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2003, where she was a choral scholar at St Barnabas Cathedral. She is the Musical Director of Winchmore Singers, an upper voice choir in North London, as well as Musical Director of Barnet Hospital Choir. She is also Assistant Leader at London Youth Choir.
She is also the Administration and Communications Officer for Arts Network Sutton.
Administration Assistant and Deputy Assistant Leader
Bethany is a London-based soprano who balances a busy schedule of professional choral work and teaching. She has just completed a 3-year Associate Artist programme with Tenebrae and sings with various choirs including Polyphony, The Gabrieli Consort, London Voices and The Tallis Scholars.
Sophie is a recent graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, where she received a First-Class degree with distinction in Music and French. Now based in London, she is building up a freelance career, and can be found singing with various choirs such as those at St. Sepulchre’s, Holborn, St. Bartholomew-the-Great, St. James’ Paddington and the Tower of London, amongst others, as well as ensembles such as the Recordare Chamber Choir.
Sophie continues to build her performance portfolio, with a particular focus on French 19th and 20th century repertoire for recitals planned for 2020. Sophie has been taught by Jennifer Heslop and Elizabeth Byrne, and currently studies with Tim Travers-Brown.
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