Project information

The 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 2017 - December 2017

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 2017, 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 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 2017


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

    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
      £12,750 Full & Partial Bursaries Provision of 20 full and 30 partial bursaries/training subsidies
      £2,250 Audition & Travel Bursaries Provision of 65 audition bursaries and general travel bursaries
  • 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.


    Young people, aged 8-21 years, across the 33 London boroughs

  • 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 and animateur with a passion for working with young people. She is the musical director & co-founder of LYC.

    Suzi Digby OBE

    Suzi is a renowned choral conductor, music educator, TV presenter and radio broadcaster. She co-founded LYC with Rachel Staunton.