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LYC Junior Apprenticeship Scheme

Singing in a choir can be a transforming experience for young children living in challenging circumstances. Through partnering with primary schools in areas of high deprivation, LYC’s Junior Apprenticeship scheme aims to remove all barriers and welcome up to 30 children into its Junior Choirs.

January 2016 - July 2016

Charity information: London Youth Choir

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  • Need


    In some areas there are few opportunities for high quality choral singing and some have little aspiration for their children to join high profile performing groups. Many barriers exist which deny talented children the chance to work with leading practitioners and take part in major musical events. Schools have limited resources to bring in appropriate specialists to stimulate and inspire the children and they need the support and expertise from leading cultural organisations.


    Working in partnership with 9 primary schools our team of choral specialists will be delivering open access workshops to select up to 30 young apprentices who will then attend weekly rehearsals and take part in performances. Specially trained chaperones will collect them from their school and bring them into the City to attend workshops and rehearsals. Parents will be given a travel allowance enabling them to join the rehearsal in order to engage in the experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide high quality choral opportunities for young children living in areas of deprivation


    » Select young apprentices through an open access music workshop programme
    » Make arrangements for them to be escorted to weekly rehearsals
    » Provide travel bursaries for parents to come and collect them
    » Work closely with local Music Education Hubs and primary schools as partners

    What success will look like

    Witnessing, through registration records, up to 30 apprentices from the 9 primary schools attending LYC workshops and rehearsals on a weekly basis.

    Aim 2

    Inspire these young musical apprentices and nurture their love of singing


    » Provide opportunities for them to work with leading choral practitioners
    » Introduce these young children to new and stimulating repertoire
    » Provide social opportunities to meet other keen singers from all over London
    » Provide opportunities for them to perform alongside LYC junior members in major events

    What success will look like

    Through questionnaires and interviews, seeing our apprentices flourish and thrive among their new found musical friends during the weekly rehearsals.

    Aim 3

    Broadening the demographic of our membership


    » Creating new access opportunities for young singers who would normally never consider joining a major musical ensemble.
    » Giving these young apprentices the skills to grow and thrive in this new musical community
    » Encouraging them through financial, musical and pastoral support to become full members of the LYC

    What success will look like

    Increasing the number of members joining our Junior Choirs from these 9 primary schools by the end of the year.

  • Impact


    LYC will actively be welcoming youngsters from deprived families who we hope will stay on to become fully integrated members. We will be building up valuable partnerships with Hubs and primary schools, helping local areas to improve the quality of choral singing and providing pathways for other children to sing. Feedback through questionnaires and meetings with all involved will form an important part of our evaluation.


    The main risk is that some of the children drop out halfway through the project due to unforeseen problems. The action we will take to mitigate this is key pastoral support from an expert team of highly trained staff. Working in collaboration with the families and key school staff we will identify and address extra areas of need and work jointly towards finding solutions.


    Reports will be sent to each donor describing the progress the children are making.
    In addition, all donors will be invited to our end of term performances. If the donors are really keen to see the process, we are happy to invite them along to a weekly rehearsals too!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,750 Singing Workshops Workshops in 9 schools
      £1,800 Instrumentalists Accompaniment for all workshops
      £1,050 Auditions and resources Bursary funding to enable 30 young people to audition for free, and provide them with resources
      £1,100 Coaching Vocal Coaching Workshops for our 30 apprentices
      £3,500 Pastoral Care Part time pastoral care worker for two terms and chaperone costs
      £2,500 Evaluation Monitoring and evaluation
      £3,000 Membership Bursaries Membership bursary fund to cover all participation fees for the 30 participants
      £3,300 Travel Fund Money for the family to access to enable them to pick up and support their child
  • Background


    The majority of the project will take place in 9 state primary schools selected by our three partner boroughs - Camden, Hackney and Southwark
    LYC rehearsals and concerts will take place in the City of London at our home base - St Katharine Cree Church, Leadenhall Street.
    Performances will take place in major venues around London.


    Up to 30 children aged 8 – 11 years drawn from 9 primary school in areas of high deprivation in Camden, Hackney and Southwark.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The LYC undertook a major choral outreach project in 2014 which resulted in 66 workshops being delivered across all 33 London boroughs in schools. LYC has a highly qualified team of choral specialists who work in the primary sector. The reputation of the LYC is now firmly established and it is becoming the ‘go to’ choir for young people all over London.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Staunton

    Rachel's choral leadership skills and her passion for developing young voices are recognised nationally

    Charles MacDougall

    LYC’s senior choral workshop leader is a leading choral animateur specialising in education with vast experience

    Esther Jones

    Works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is recognised as one of the country’s leading choral directors specialising in young voices

    Nicola Wallis

    Nicola has worked in the field of youth arts and education for over 40 years having run international youth festivals as well as The Voices Foundation

I think of LYC as my shelter and my home

Girls' Choir Member Age 8