Opportunities for young musicians

Published 22 February 2024

At LYC we love supporting other organisations who want to give young people opportunities to sing. Below are a number of exciting opportunities for singers from age 7 to 23, in London and beyond. Whatever kind of music you enjoy, we hope there’s something for you!

TENORS: Audition for the London Youth Chamber Choir! | Deadline 29 Feb

LYC Chamber Choir is looking for tenors between school year 12 and age 23.

This is an excellent opportunity for students, young professionals or early career musicians to receive exceptional musical training and performance opportunities, while receiving a termly stipend. Members of LYC Chamber Choir are among London’s best young choral singers, and represent the culmination of the training, experience and opportunities offered to all members of London Youth Choirs.

We offer two kinds of membership: Full and Flexible, and there is no cost to being in LYC Chamber Choir. As well as a termly stipend, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of travel, concert uniform and some concert tickets. LYC Chamber Choir members attend weekly rehearsals and take part in regular concerts and performances, as well as some recordings for TV and radio, and workshops with guest musicians. They regularly sing with the other LYC choirs, and act as role models to the younger members, inspiring them to audition for the Chamber Choir in the future.

Auditions will be held at City of London School for Boys on Monday 26th February and Monday 4th March. The deadline to sign up is 12pm on Thursday 29th February.

Click here to sign up for an audition

Click here to find out more about LYC Chamber Choir

A picture of some Chamber Choir members wearing black with teal accessories and singing. At the top of the image is a teal rectangle with the writing: Calling all tenors, Audition for LYC Chamber Choir. exceptional musical training & performance opportunities, Free to join, Termly stipend, Year 12 to age 23, Weekly Monday rehearsals in central London

Choral Scholarships at Temple Church | Year 3 Girls and Boys

Temple Church is currently recruiting girls and boys in Year 3 for their choral scholarships.

The chorister experience at Temple Church is rewarding and provides a life enhancing opportunity to be part of a professional musical team singing in one of the most prestigious and historic churches in London. Choristers are taught musical skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Benefits of being in the choir include:

  • A cathedral-style education whilst living at home with family, and attending any school
  • An outstanding musical training which is second to none (singing, ensemble, and theory tuition)
  • The development of life skills, such as time management, team work, consideration, self-discipline and responsibility
  • Becoming part of a unique team, striving for musical excellence alongside some of the finest adult musicians in London
  • Unique performance opportunities alongside professional musicians
  • Making many friends
  • Becoming an heir to a tradition that has its roots in the twelfth century

For more information about the scholarships, click here for the information pack

To register interest, ask questions or book onto a taster session please email [email protected]

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod | Deadline 7 March

This summer, the annual Llangollen International Eisteddfod week will be taking place between 2nd – 7th July 2024! As part of this long running cultural festival, they are presenting a number of exciting new competitions with some fabulous opportunities and prizes. These competitions include 8 fantastic categories of solo vocal and instrumental competitions and 3 Open Dance competitions, including the Young Choir of the World competition and new Open Dance categories.

Apply to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Competitions  

You can also apply as a non-competitor to perform on the outside stages during the week, as well as volunteer and take part in this fantastic celebration of music and dance. More information: https://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/llangollen-2022/

Lower Voices: Sing 90s dance hits at the Royal Festival Hall! | Concert 15 March

Join three iconic artists, Sonique, Baby D and Rozalla, for a night of 90s dance hits in the Royal Festival Hall!

This concert at 7.30pm on Friday 15th March will incoporate a live string quartet and choir along with the band and DJ on stage.

The organisers are looking to fill the Altos, Tenors and Basses sections of the choir involved, who will be singing in 8 songs through the concert.

The cost of travel can be covered, as well as food and drinks on the day of the concert. There are also free tickets available for singers, and singers will receive a recording of the concert afterwards.

Find out more about the concert here

If you are interested in participating, email concert co-director Crystalla at [email protected].

Audition for the Purcell Singers | April

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of London’s leading chamber choirs.
The Purcell Singers perform extensively across venues in London, the UK and internationally; take part in classical recordings, soundtracks and movie trailers.

They are currently recruiting new singers across all voice parts, with auditions taking place on the evenings of 18th and 25th April at St George’s Southwark. Find out more here: https://www.purcellsingers.org/auditions

The Purcell Singers usually rehearse within the City of London and do not meet every week, but instead book a short series of rehearsals in the weeks preceding a concert – usually four to six rehearsals, pending the repertoire.
Please note that this choir performs at a very high standard, with limited rehearsal. They therefore expect all singers to be strong sight-readers and be willing to look at music between rehearsals.

If this sounds like you, you can book your audition via the link below and become part of our friendly and talented group of singers.

Audition booking form

Singers will need to prepare a piece no more than 4 minutes long which shows off their voice well. You will also be asked to sight-read a short piece, and possibly sing through some scales.

ABCD Conducting Courses | Bursaries Available

Would you like to learn more about the principles of conducting? Have you tried it a bit and want a chance to apply your skills?

The Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) is running two one-day training events for emerging conductors, covering body language, vocal skills, and how to shape sound and get the best from your choir.

17th February – Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Amy Bebbington
St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo, SE1 8LJ

20th April – Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Jonathan Schranz
St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo, SE1 8LJ

£95 / day for ABCD members, £135 /day for non-members
£50 bursary places available for young conductors (under 28)

More information: https://www.abcd.org.uk/events/467/Choral+Conducting%3A+An+Intermediate+Guide

Oxford University Choral & Organ Awards Open Day | 27 April

Oxford’s college chapels provide outstanding opportunities for participating in liturgical music as well as offering exceptional performance, touring and recording experience. Many colleges offer awards to singers and organists who contribute to this aspect of college life. Choral scholars are trained to a very high level through their college chapel choir and some go on to become professional singers.

Organ scholars also play a crucial part in Oxford music. In some colleges, they direct the music in chapel; in others they assist professional directors. The role develops skills in choral accompanying, direction, and administration.

Visit the University of Oxford at their Choral and Organ Awards Open Day on Saturday 27th April 2024 to find out what’s involved in being an organ or choral scholar and how you can apply! The open day includes informative talks and Q&As with current students and Directors of Music, as well as advice on how to prepare for auditions. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in choral, organ, and conducting workshops in various historic college chapels, and to join one of the college choirs for Evensong.

For more information and to sign up, visit https://www.music.ox.ac.uk/choral-and-organ-awards#tab-3039031

Junior & Senior Choral Courses | The Rodolfus Foundation

The Rodolfus Foundation runs singing courses every year for young people who love to sing in choirs. There are no auditions – all you need is enthusiasm!

The courses are a chance to learn about singing in choirs to a high standard with some of the world’s leading conductors. You will also learn to sing sacred choral services. There is a generous bursary scheme available.

For more information, visit https://www.therodolfusfoundation.org.uk/choral-courses-2024

Sing the Verdi Requiem with Gabrieli Roar | 19-24 July

Gabrieli Roar have launched their summer residential project or 2024: Verdi’s Requiem! The course will take place at Gresham’s School, Norfolk, from the 19th-24th July 2024 and will culminate in a performance at Ely Cathedral.

The course is for singers age 14-18, and as well as learning the Verdi Requiem you will take part in musicianship sessions and vocal masterclasses, as well as learn some other new pieces.

The course costs £275 per singer, but partial and full bursaries are available wherever necessary. Finance should not be a barrier to participation.

Visit the Gabrieli Roar website to find out more!

If you’re interested in attending, fill in the ‘Expression of interest form for individuals’ on the page linked above (the second form, not the first one).

Join Wired4Music - London's network for musical 16-25 year olds

Age 16-25? Become part of a community of creatives who are shaping the future of music in London.

Wired4Music is a netowrk of Londoners aged 16-25, all interested in music. From music makers and radio producers to techies and budding A&Rs (Artist and Repertoire workers), Wired4Music connects people from all over London.

They run learning and network events, provide work experience, give you opportunities to learn from experts, provide chances to share your music and find performance opportunities, and connect you with other musicians, artists and producers in London. If you’re thinking about a career in music and looking to build up some experience and contacts, and find out where to start, Wired4Music is a great organisation to join! You can be as involved as you like.

It’s free to sign up – just head to https://www.wired4music.co.uk/

Cavatina Chamber Music Trust - Free Ticket Scheme (ages 8-25)

Are you interested in attending more concerts and events this year? 

Check out the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust website, where you can find FREE tickets to a range of concerts to those aged 8 to 25 years old (inclusive), as part of their ticket scheme. These concerts take place in music clubs, societies and festivals, located all throughout the country.


CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust aims to bring chamber music to young people, with the aim of developing the next generation of music lovers and players. By working with a variety of concert promoters, they are able to cover the cost of young people’s admission to music concerts, making it more accessible.

More information: http://www.cavatina.net/concerts.html


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