Project information

London Youth Choir Big Bursary Challenge

Since 2012, the London Youth Choir (LYC) has demonstrated its belief in the transformative effects of singing together. In order to realise the potential of those children from more deprived and challenging circumstances, we need to raise £15,000 to support their annual membership of the LYC.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information

London Youth Choir

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  • Need


    LYC is wanting to welcome more young singers from areas where there are few opportunities for high quality choral singing and, where families have little aspiration for their children to join high profile performing groups like the LYC. Too many barriers exist, both financial and social, which is denying talented children a chance to work with leading practitioners and take part in major musical events including their schools that have limited resources.


    Working in partnership with 6 primary schools in areas of deprivation in 2 London outer boroughs , our team of choral specialists will deliver a series of open access workshops to select up to 20 young apprentices who will join LYC and attend weekly rehearsals and performances. They will be accompanied by teachers from their schools and brought to rehearsals each week. Their parents will be given travel allowances to enable them to join the rehearsals and also engage in the experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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


    » Deliver a series of high quality choral workshops in schools
    » Select young apprentices through a relaxed and 'fun' singing workshop
    » Make arrangements for them to be escorted to weekly rehearsals, thereby removing all barriers
    » Provide travel bursaries for parents to attend rehearsals and share their children's experiences

    Witnessing, through registration records, up to 20 apprentices from 6 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 apprentices to new and stimulating repertoire
    » Provide social opportunities to meet other keen singers from all over London
    » Provide opportunities for the apprentices to perform alongside LYC junior members in major events

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

    Aim 3

    Broadening the membership of LYC thereby making it more representative of London as a whole


    » 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 these apprentices through financial, musical and pastoral support to become full members of the LYC

    Increasing the number of members joining our Junior Choirs from these 6 primary schools at the end of their apprenticeship

  • Impact


    As a direct result of this project, the LYC will actively be welcoming youngsters from deprived families into its Junior Choirs. LYC will also be building up valuable partnerships with boroughs, and primary schools, helping local areas to improve the quality of choral singing within schools and providing pathways for other children to sing in local choirs. Evaluation will take the form of a series of questionnaires and meetings throughout the project with the children and their schools.


    The main risk is that some of the children drop out halfway through the project due to unforeseen problems. We will liaise closely with the schools and will use our own pastoral team to give additional support to mitigate this problem. We will also have a number of reserve apprentices who can then be invited to join LYC. Working closely with the schools we will be able to identify and address extra areas of need and work jointly towards finding solutions.


    Termly email 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 and, we are also happy to invite them to attend weekly rehearsals where they can meet the children and their parents.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,750 Choral workshops Fees for workshop leaders and accompanist
      £2,000 Apprentices Selection sessions and scaffolding workshops to prepare the 20 apprentices
      £2,050 Pastoral care Teacher chaperones and LYC pastoral staff over a 2 term period
      £5,300 Bursaries Cost of 20 apprentices attending rehearsals and concerts over 2 terms including uniforms and folders
      £1,000 Travel fund Travel fund for parents to attend rehearsals and concerts
      £900 Administration General admin. including monitoring/evaluation
  • Background


    The project will be split between 6 schools in 2 London outer boroughs - Barnet and Harrow. These schools will be specially select by our Music Education Hub partners as being in areas of high deprivation and with little music education. The second location will be at St. Katharine Cree in the City of London, where the LYC rehearses weekly.


    Up to 20 children aged 8 - 10 years drawn from 6 primary schools in areas of high deprivation in Barnet and Harrow.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Two of our major aims are -
    •To deliver open access workshops for 1,000 young people each year
    •To promote and support musical and choral education to young people regardless of their financial or social background
    With this in mind, LYC runs a highly successful annual education outreach project called 'Aspire' which delivers high quality choral training to primary schools in areas of deprivation. LYC has now established a reputation as the 'go to' choir for young people all over London.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Staunton - LYC Artistic Director

    She will lead the project, train the specialists and deliver workshops.

    Esther Jones - Conductor LYC Girls' Choir And Workshop Leader

    She will deliver workshops and help prepare the apprentices as well as conduct them as members of the LYC Girls' Choir

    Robbie Jacobs - Conductor LYC Boys' Choir And Workshop Leader

    He will deliver workshops and help prepare the apprentices as well as conduct them as members of the LYC Boys' Choir