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Project information

London Youth Choir Bursary Fund

At the London Youth Choir it is our aim that no young person should be deterred from applying to join because of financial hardship. The proposed Bursary Fund will provide much needed support for those families who are on low incomes and unable to fund their child's place in one of the choirs.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: London Youth Choir

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  • Need


    For many families, supporting their child’s musical development through LYC could not be achieved without the help of the Bursary Fund. The number of bursaries and subsidies awarded has increased by 40% since 2012. As our membership grows, we anticipate further significant increases in 2018, resulting in a higher level of funds required to support those young people most in need.


    Quite simply, LYC now needs to increase the level of funding towards its Bursary Fund to ensure that our weekly training programme continues to be accessible to all. Through this Fund, we will be able to offer full and partial bursaries/training subsidies, together with financial assistance with travel, music and uniforms.This would ensure that no talented young singers are excluded from pursuing their musical aspirations based solely on financial circumstance.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To implement the London Youth Choir Bursary Fund in January 2018


    » Offer full or partial bursaries to those young people and families most in need of support

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the musical experiences and opportunities encountered by the young people who would not otherwise have been able to take part.

  • Impact


    The Bursary Fund will play a crucial part in enabling the organisation to provide for those young people from across London who are encountering financial hardship, a unique personal education and a focusing of their talents that will have a lasting influence on their lives. In just 4 years, the Bursary Fund will have impacted on the lives of 300 young people. Practices are in place to enable constructive evaluation; for e.g. appraisal feedback from members, parents forums, musical reports.


    An increasing number of applications for financial support means there is a risk that the LYC Bursary Programme could have insufficient funds to support the level of requests received. If this is the case, LYC will provide as much financial assistance as possible to those in greatest need, whilst offering all applicants support in how to find alternative funding to allow them to continue participation in LYC activities.


    Donors to this project will receive a detailed report on the Bursary Fund, together with sample case studies showing how the funds have helped support the aspirations of those young people in the London Youth Choir. Donors will also be invited to see and hear the choirs in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,000 Bursaries Provision of 30 full and partial bursaries/training subsidies
      £1,000 Audition & Travel Bursaries Provision of audition bursaries and general travel bursaries
      £3,000 Pastoral Care Provision of additional one day a week support for pastoral care
  • Background


    The London Youth Choir exists to serve all 33 boroughs across London. The weekly rehearsals currently take place in central London on a Monday evening. Our recent Impact Review identified key boroughs with high levels of deprivation where our membership is low or non-existent. This project will help seek and support young talented singers in Brent, Harrow, Ealing and Barnet.


    Young people, aged 8-21 years, across all London boroughs but with specific focus on the areas of Brent, Harrow, Ealing and Barnet.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The London Youth Choir provides the experience of a life-time for London's aspiring young singers. The weekly sessions aim to progress performance skills at the highest level, challenging young singers to embrace a broad repertoire and develop a flexible approach to musical performance, culminating with fresh, powerful concerts in a variety of performing spaces throughout London. Bursaries for this programme would provide life-changing experiences for those involved.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Staunton, Musical Director

    Rachel is a professional choral conductor & animateur with a passion for working with young people. She is the musical director & co-founder of LYC.

    Nina Camilleri, Executive Director

    Nina has full executive leadership responsibility for developing London Youth Choir to meet its ambition to be a fully representative youth choir.

    Emily Sanders, General Manager

    Emily runs London Youth Choir, day to day managing the operational side of things and ensuring that rehearsals and performances run like clockwork.

    Hannah Benyon, Pastoral Care Manager

    Hannah is responsible for the safeguarding of our young people, ensuring LYC provides a safe and supportive environment in which all can thrive.