LYC PEOPLEMANAGEMENT Team
LYC is managed by a small and thoroughly dedicated team of professional administrators, managers and executives. Led by Executive Director Nina Camilleri, the Management Team underpins LYC’s entire function, a list of tasks and duties too extensive to catalogue.
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.
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.
Co-Founder & 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Bethan is passionate about London Youth Choir and its mission to unlock young people’s potential through the power of choral music. Following her graduation from York with a BA(Hons) in Music she continued her studies at York with a Masters in Vocal Performance.
Membership & Projects Administrator
Alice is really excited to have joined the LYC team as Memberships and Projects Administrator. Previously at the V&A, Alice has several years’ experience working 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.
Music Librarian and Administration Assistant
Cat is an LYC alumnus who has been an admin assistant since September 2018. A theology graduate, Cat spent far more of her time at Durham University in the music department, directing operas, singing in whichever chapel choir would allow her and generally making a nuisance of herself. Since graduating in 2018, Cat has been working for several choirs; NYCGB, LYC and St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
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