The London Youth Choir (LYC) encompasses young people aged 8-21 years within 5 different choirs: Girls’ Choir, Boys’ Choir, Training Choir, London Youth Choir and Chamber Choir. Founded in Autumn 2012 by Suzi Digby OBE and Rachel Staunton, LYC was launched with 150 singers, representing 30 of London’s boroughs. LYC has now expanded to include all 33 boroughs, with over 200 members, and is growing all the time. Our vision is to inspire young people from all backgrounds to achieve the highest possible standard in choral singing, musicianship and vocal production.
Over the first two and a half years, the LYC family of choirs has appeared at various prestigious venues and occasions. Some of the highlights include – performing with the Rolling Stones at Glastonbury and Ellie Goulding at Wembley; singing at The Guildhall; appearing at the BBC Proms in 2014 with the CBSO in a performance of Britten’s War Requiem; taking part in the RPO/John Rutter Christmas concerts at The Royal Albert Hall and Fairfield Halls; singing with the London Mozart Players at St. John’s Smith Square, and joining with the BBC Singers and The Bach Choir in this recording of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet. LYC also commissions new music and has worked with a number of guest conductors.
The LYC also has a training programme which incorporates open access workshops in boroughs across London in partnership with Music Education Hubs.