We are indebted to our Honorary Patrons for their generous support to LYC. Their advocacy and encouragement underpins our work and enables us to create more wonderful experiences for the young people of London.



Gareth Malone is well-known in the UK and around the world as a Broadcaster; Composer and Choral Animateur. He has won two BAFTAS for his BBC Two series The Choir, which means that Gareth has been making programmes for the BBC for over 14 years.

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Other achievements include working as an artistic director for a Royal Opera House community opera, working with orchestra and opera education departments including the LSO, Philharmonia, Glyndebourne and ENO Baylis.

Gareth has had two number one singles in the UK, the first in 2011 with the Military Wives Choir, followed by the Gareth Malone All Star Choir for Children in Need 3 years later. His 2014 series The Big Performance 3 won the Royal Television Society award for best children’s television and Gareth Goes to Glyndebourne won an International Emmy in 2011. In 2012 he was honoured with an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to music.

Gareth continues to compose with young people and to work with emerging artists. He has recorded with some of the leading performers in the UK and has just released his third album Music for Healing, and his first songbook for schools, Bright Star.



Sir Andrew Parmley was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Years Honours for services to Music, Education and Civic Engagement. As Principal of the Harrodian School in Barnes, he has a long association with music and education, winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 18 and subsequently studying at Manchester, Royal Holloway and Jesus College, Cambridge.

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He is former Director of Music at Forest School, near Snaresbrook, South Hampstead High School and Grey Coat Hospital in Westminster.

Sir Andrew became an Alderman in 2001 and is a Past Master of three Worshipful Companies of Musicians (his Mother Company), Parish Clerks and Glass-Sellers of London. Sir Andrew became the 689th Lord Mayor of London, taking office in 2016/17.



Chancellor of Middlesex University, Dame Janet Ritterman has throughout her career been closely involved in encouraging young people to experience the enjoyment that making music can offer. From her own schooldays onwards, singing in choirs and small vocal ensembles, accompanying choirs and later conducting and training youth choirs have helped to enrich her own musical life. This link with the London Youth Choir as a Patron is therefore a particular joy.

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Born in Australia, Dame Janet graduated as an award-winning pianist from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, before moving to London to further her studies. In the UK, much of Dame Janet’s career has been in higher education. She taught at Middlesex Polytechnic, and later at Goldsmiths (University of London), where she helped to design the first UK Masters course in music performance and led an innovative teacher education programme for music. She was then appointed Head of Music and later as Principal at Dartington College of Arts in Devon where she served as Chair of the Dartington International Summer School. Committed throughout her career to strengthening links between education in the creative arts and the creative industries, she has been extensively involved in devising and assessing cross-arts, community-based activities and outreach work, initially in association with organisations such as the London Sinfonietta and English National Opera’s Baylis Programme.

Director of the Royal College of Music in London between 1993 and 2005 and now a Vice-President of the College, she is a Trustee of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, which annually auditions and awards grants to musicians for advanced study, and of several professional ensembles, among them the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Belcea String Quartet. She received a damehood in 2002 for services to music and now lives in the West Country.



John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. From 1975-79 he was Director of Music at his alma mater, Clare College, and directed the college chapel choir in various recordings and broadcasts.

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Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. His music has featured in a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings. He edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings, and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. He holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for services to music.


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