London Youth Choir Spring Concert ‘Out of this World’
On Monday 26 March 2018, City of London School applauded the extraordinary talent, dedication and hard work of London Youth Choir, hosting their fifth anniversary concert in the School’s Great Hall. Alan Bird, the Head, was pleased to welcome the LYC and their patron, Gareth Malone OBE, to the School for their spring concert.
Named as the ‘coolest choir inside the M25’, the LYC is a family of 5 choirs established in 2012 to provide young people within Greater London with an outstanding choral education through exceptional music training and high level performance opportunities. The choir’s vision is to “inspire young people to achieve the highest possible standard in choral singing, musicianship and vocal production in a supportive and welcoming environment, whilst representing the city of London". Their aims to deliver musical excellence and diversity in the composition of the choirs are very much aligned with the School’s own aims, both in music and in our education more broadly. Alongside regular weekly rehearsals at The City of London School, LYC also leads ‘Aspire', a community engagement programme in collaboration with music hubs across all 33 London boroughs.
With the concert dubbed Out of this World, the choirs performed music exploring everything from planets and aliens, to flight, heaven and the cosmos. LYC’s five choirs performed classics of Fauré, Schubert and Warlock alongside modern masterpieces by Eriks Esenvalds, Eric Whitacre and David Bowie. From tuned wine glasses as instruments, to sunglasses as props, the performances were spellbinding and a delight to behold.
As well as the Head and Gareth Malone, the concert was attended by parents, family, trustees and friends of the LYC, as well as School and Corporation staff including the City of London Remembrancer (Paul Double).
The performances were spellbinding and a delight to behold.