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.


Workshop Leader

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.

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He is a lecturer in both the Vocal Studies department and on the BEd course, delivering modules on Ensemble Skills, Conducting Techniques, and Effective Practice Techniques. He also delivers seminars on vocal techniques and adolescent voices to the education students.
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.


Workshop Leader

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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An experienced choral conductor and vocal coach, he is Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Junior), Senior Choral Director for The Voices Foundation, coaches for the Royal School of Church Music, is Consultant Vocal Coach at a number of Cathedrals and Colleges, is Chorus Master for Gabrieli Roar, is a choral animateur for the LSO, directs two choirs in London, and is an Ambassador for Snape Maltings Friday Afternoons project.


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