Led by Executive Director Nina Camilleri, LYC’s professional management team looks after our day-to-day organisational business and underpins all areas of LYC’s work and activity.

NINA CAMILLERI

Executive Director

Formerly Director of Development and Planning for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Director of Development and PR for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Senior Development Manager for Scottish Opera and Opera North, Nina brings a wealth of experience to the London Youth Choir in the fields of strategic planning and development.

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In her positions with both the National Youth Choirs and National Youth Orchestra Nina has been responsible for the creation and implementation of new philanthropic strategies which have played a critical role in their development and growth. Alongside these roles, Nina has also worked as a consultant to Help Musicians UK, Longborough Festival Opera and Gabrieli Consort & Players, providing business development support and advice on fundraising and governance. In 2018, Nina became a Trustee of the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

RACHEL STAUNTON

Artistic Director

Rachel Staunton co-founded LYC in 2012 with Suzi Digby. Having gained a first-class honours degree in music at Royal Holloway, University of London, Rachel continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with numerous awards and an LRAM in Choral Conducting.

 

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She held the post of Vocal Director for In Harmony Opera North (Classic FM’s Music Education Project of the Year 2014) and spent several years establishing the Opera North Children’s Chorus. Rachel has also worked as a conductor with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for over a decade.

In 2014, Rachel was made Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of her contribution to choral music and work with young people. She is passionate about using choral music to inspire young people from all backgrounds and dedicates her career to this mission.

PENNY LEWIS

Development Director

Penny joined the team in the summer of 2017 and works alongside Nina, raising funds and developing beneficial partnerships for LYC. Despite studying chemistry, the majority of Penny’s working life has been spent in business and the arts, predominantly raising money for music charities.

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Her varied career includes being the first fundraiser at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, 14 years as Director of Fundraising & Sponsorship at Scottish Opera and freelance fundraising and consultancy posts with numerous small arts charities.
Music, especially singing, has always played an important part in her life. Singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the age of 12 in a choir of 200 at the Mary Wakefield Festival in Kendal was an early highlight and later she was a member of the Edinburgh University Singers, the University’s chamber choir.
Penny lives on the west coast of Scotland and works 2 days a week for LYC.

JAMES PRESCOTT-MARTIN

Finance Manager

James has worked for over 35 years in both the Arts (English National Opera, Contemporary Dance Trust, Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and the National Youth Orchestra) and the Voluntary sector (Age Concern and Surrey Community Action) in both Finance and General Management positions and now part time at LYC as Finance Manager.

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He now spends the majority of his spare time playing tennis. He also enjoys swimming, Pilates, reading, cinema, theatre and of course music. He is a member of Epsom Choral Society as a first bass.

ISHANI O'CONNOR

Head of Engagement

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Ishani joined LYC from the Chineke! Foundation where she was Learning and Participation Manager for nearly five years. She brings an understanding of the wider music education sector, creative learning, partnerships and development of community outreach programmes to the new role of Head of Engagement.

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At Chineke! Foundation, she worked with the musicians of Europe's first majority Black, Asian and ethnically diverse professional and junior orchestras, nurturing young talent, providing the Chineke! Juniors with a welcoming environment to confidently perform at prestigious venues, such as Royal Festival Hall and Kensington Palace. Ishani developed multiple learning partnerships with music hubs, venues and other charities across England, taking Chineke! Orchestra professional musicians into primary and secondary schools to lead workshops in performance and creative composition.

She is a Trustee for the charity Music for All and a member of Dulwich Symphony Orchestra, playing second violin, where she ran an orchestra outreach programme and is also a Trustee. Ishani established a new charity, Draper Together with the residents of the Draper Estate in London SE1, bringing a diverse community together through arts-based events such as cultural festivals, a theatre season and concerts in the community hall. In 2016, she achieved a Masters (Distinction) in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London and was a Development Placement with the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). Ishani has been a TV Researcher for BBC Specialist Factual Arts and an independent educational film producer.

ALISON BASTABLE

Head of Safeguarding & Pastoral Care

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Alison started her nursing career at age 18 at St. George’s Hospital in London. She has experience in many different specialities but when  her two daughters were young she became a school nurse  at a boys prep school in Surrey. The boys’ wellbeing took front and centre of her work and she was a member of both the pastoral and safeguarding teams.  She is delighted to have found LYC and to be able to bring her commitment to young people's well being to the LYC family.

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Singing The Messiah from scratch with her school at the Royal Albert Hall age 13 was the beginning and the end of her musical career … which was probably a blessing for all around her but who knows what musical talents lurk and what her involvement with LYC will ignite. Alison lives in Hampshire with her family and two naughty labradoodles.

ALICE BEVERLEY

Development Manager

Alice joined the LYC team as Memberships and Projects Administrator before taking up her present role as Development Manager in Autumn 2021. Prior to joining LYC Alice was at the V&A Museum where she worked to programme and produce events of all kinds, including the Exhibition Road Day of Design at the London Design Festival, the V&A’s 2018 Christmas festival, and the 5-month programme of concerts and events which ran alongside the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

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A keen singer, Alice was the singing teacher at Princess Frederica primary school for three years, and enjoys singing with choirs around London as well as putting on the occasional recital. She studied English literature at university, graduating with a first from Bristol and going on to complete a masters at UCL, and is fascinated by interdisciplinary study, leading to her dissertation on poetry and music in the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Outside of work, Alice enjoys reading feminist literature, and spends most of her time coercing people into reading more Sylvia Townsend Warner and Ursula le Guin.

Zoe Nendick

Operations Assistant

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Zoe joined LYC in 2021 as the Operations Assistant. She studied music as an undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham, where she conducted several choirs including the music society’s chamber choir, Viva Voce. She sang in as many choirs as she could while she was there, and held a Choral Scholarship at St Mary’s church, Nottingham.

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While studying music, Zoe was fascinated by the link between music and emotion, and decided to follow this curiosity by writing her dissertation on emotional responses to music, and then studying a Masters in psychology, also at the University of Nottingham (but entirely online, due to the pandemic). During her Masters, she worked on a virtual research project with youth music production company MishMash Productions, where she worked with other students to develop a toolkit for measuring children’s engagement. Outside of music and psychology, Zoe is a keen cricket fan and has recently joined the St Alban’s Ladies’ cricket team.

FREDDIE AITKEN

Membership Officer

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Freddie joined LYC in summer 2021 having previously worked for a music charity in Manchester, the city in which he studied and founded his own record label. In his spare time, he hosts monthly radio shows, DJs, produces/composes and is a keen photographer & obsessive vinyl collector.

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Freddie currently sits on the Board of Trustees at The National Foundation for Youth Music and is a member of the Music Cities Network’s European Music Business Task Force.

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