LYC peopleLYC Experience Team
Drawn from the LYC Senior Team and further afield, the leaders of our LYC Experience workshops are all specialists in engaging with very large groups of young singers. For many of the young participants of these sessions, the LYC Experience workshops mark the very beginning of their experience of singing and so our leaders ensure their approach is always friendly, fun and action-packed.
James Slimings is a conductor and tenor currently studying towards a PhD at the University of St Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. At the RCS, James is instrumental in the delivery of the ensemble provision there, having conducted RCS VOICES, Chamber Choir, Chorale and other ensembles in concerts all over Scotland.
With the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, James has delivered workshops to over 1500 primary and secondary aged students, sat as a principal panellist for their auditions, and conducted their Changing Voices choir at their residential courses. He has also worked as section leader, mentoring young tenor sections at every level of the organisation. He also gives talks for the Princes Teaching Institute and the University of Cambridge on ‘Building a Vocal Ensemble’ which has led to invitations to give workshops at secondary schools across the UK.
Charles MacDougall is an award-winning tenor, vocal coach and choral director known equally for his voice and his transformative work with choirs and singers. He was a founder-member of vocal ensemble VOCES8, singing with the group for over 7 years, and currently sings for groups such as London Early Opera, the Gabrieli Consort and London Voices, as well as being very active as a soloist internationally.
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