LYC North East Taster Sessions
Come and Sing with LYC North East!
We’re looking for young people in years 3-6 to join LYC North East this term. If you enjoy singing, even if you don’t have any experience of singing in a choir, LYC might be the right place for you!
We’re holding three taster sessions in January & February 2023 for anyone who wants to find out what being in LYC North East is like. Read on for the key information!
When are the taster sessions?
Thursday 26th January 2023, 4.30-5.30pm
Thursday 2nd February 2023, 4.30-5.30pm
Thursday 9th February, 4.30-5.30pm (parents & guardians also welcome to attend)
Where are the taster sessions?
The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, N15 4RX
What will it be like?
You’ll get to experience what it’s like to be a member of London Youth Choirs; you can join in with as much or as little of the rehearsal as you like and see whether it’s the place for you. There’ll be warm up activities, fun songs and new pieces to try out as well as the chance to meet other young people from all across North London!
Simply fill in the form below to sign up and we’ll send you all the information you need.
More about LYC North East
LYC North East is a choir for children in school years 3 – 6, based in Tottenham. It’s the fourth LYC regional choir, created as part of our 10th anniversary plan to bring brilliant musical education closer to home for more young people across London.
How old do I have to be?
To join LYC North East you must be in School Years 3-6.
I’m interested in joining one of the other LYC choirs, can I come?
Great news that you’re interested in LYC! These taster sessions are just for people interested in joining LYC North East. If you’re interested in joining another one of our choirs, please sign up to our mailing list to hear about our next round of auditions in July.
I can’t come to the Open Rehearsal. What do I do?
Send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!
If you’ve got any questions about the taster sessions, we’ve got the answers! Drop us an email or call us on 07388 623178 (Mon 12.30-9pm, Tues-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm) and we’ll be happy to help.
LYC North East is for children in school years 3-6 who live in Tottenham and surrounding areas of North East London.
You don’t need to have any previous experience of singing, or of singing in choirs or groups. And if you do sing already, it doesn’t matter what style you sing in, or what music you like to sing: there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ singer for a choir, and we sing all sorts of music!
To join LYC North East you first need to audition. That might sound scary, but we make a big effort to ensure that the experience is friendly and supportive. We won’t make bad comments or try to catch you out, we want to see and hear you at your best! We also think it’s important to hear you as part of a group, rather than on your own, so your audition will take the form of a workshop with others.
To find out all about auditioning, visit the Join LYC page.
As a member of LYC North East you will meet every Thursday during term-time for rehearsal.
Rehearsals are always from 4.30-5.30pm. At rehearsals you’ll learn and practice songs and skills, developing abilities and confidence as you go. We frequently invite guest leaders to introduce special music and activities.
You will also get to take part in social activities and make new friends, and new best friends (trust us!)
Other LYC North East membership benefits include your LYC t-shirt, all your music for the term, and access to our secure online members zone, MyLYC.
Finance should not be a barrier to participation in LYC.
We offer financial assistance to help with membership fees. You can find out more and apply via our secure online members zone, MyLYC, which we’ll give you access to.
The annual membership fee for all LYC choirs is £300. This can be paid as a single sum or by monthly direct debit (eight payments of £37.50). All the information about how to pay is in our secure online members zone, MyLYC.
There is so much to get out of being a member of LYC North East: vocal and musical skills and training, experience of concerts, recordings and music videos, social activities and amazing friendships – but don’t take it from us! Watch this video to hear from LYC members.
Conductor (LYC North East), Assistant Leader (LYC Cambiata Girls)
Laurel is a musical director and singer with a passion for sharing music-making with others. She currently leads the staff choir for King's College London, conducts Note-orious Community Choir and is leading the new choir London Youth Choir North East. Laurel completed an apprenticeship with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus in 2018, led the London Humanist Choir for ten years, worked for many years for Music in Offices. Laurel made her conducting debut at the BBC Proms in 2019 in John Luther Adams' In the Name of the Earth, and conducted Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in November 2022 with Wokingham Choral Society.
Laurel studied music at the University of Nottingham and sang as a choral scholar at St Mary's. Growing up in Kent, she sang with Kent Youth Choir, played in Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra, and learnt to play several instruments in her Mum's folk band. Upon moving to London she was a member of London Youth Choir itself in its founding year, singing with the chamber choir in their performance with The Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena in 2012.
Laurel has performed with many professional choirs, including St Martin-in-the-Field's Voices, London Contemporary Orchestra, Echo Vocal Ensemble, London Choral Sinfonia, National Portrait Gallery Choir, and St Paul’s Cathedral Consort. She is an alumna of Genesis Sixteen, the choral training programme of internationally renowned chamber choir, The Sixteen. She has toured the UK and made several TV and radio appearances with Gareth Malone's Voices, including UK tour “Singalong-a-Gareth” as a lead vocalist, and penny whistle and ukulele player in Autumn 2022.
Laurel is also passionate about getting younger voices singing. For several years she was project director for Dartford Choral Outreach and currently leads Hampton Court Palace’s Songstars project, providing singing support to state primary school children in South West London who have limited access to music. Laurel also currently teaches curriculum music for Southwark Music Service, and works as a choral leader with Voces8 Foundation and Voices Foundation.
In her spare time, Laurel can be seen pedalling around London on her purple Peugeot racing bike, Polly.
Accompanist (LYC North East)
Lucas Cunha is a pianist based in London. He studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for three years under the tutelage of Yekaterina Lebedeva, and is currently studying piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is the recipient of the Alfred and Therese Kitchin Scholarship and is continuing his studies with Prof. Lebedeva.
Lucas has won various competitions in the UK, including first prizes at the North London Music Festival for Romantic, 20th Century and Jazz U18 categories, and the Enfield U18 Piano Competition in 2017. He has made a solo piano appearance with Haringey Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (of which he is a former member) - playing both piano and orchestral percussion.
His successes have recently expanded from the UK to the international scene: he was invited to play in a gala concert in Shunde, China, and was one of the prize winners at the 2022 Musical Odyssey Masterclasses in Nafplio, Greece.
Assistant Leader (LYC North East)
Vanessa, passionate music specialist and leader of youth choirs, sees music as a therapeutic mechanism for building confidence as well as being a magical educational tool. Vanessa also leads dance classes and is always excited by the unique abilities and talents seen in young people.
As a member of Metronomes Steel Orchestra, Vanessa has performed at Notting Hill Carnival and at Natural History Museum, in her more recent role as a DJ.
Vanessa facilitates a number of community arts projects, adding sparkling joy and creativity to the lives of both children and adults of all ages and abilities. She is excited to be joining the London Youth Choirs staff team, contributing to enhancing the wonderful talent of the young people that she’ll be working with.
Assistant Leader (LYC North East)
Anna is a musician, movement artist and performance coach with a background in classical music, folk and theatre performance. Her expertise brings together being well and doing well and she loves to work with poeple big and small, from all walks of life, to hone their skills, let their light shine, and meet life’s challenges with centred strength.