YATS and YSS testimonials

Young Apprentice Tenors:

My time at the CLC as an Apprentice Tenor has been an experience I will always cherish. From Handel’s Messiah to John Gardner’s Stabat Mater, the range of the CLC’s repertoire has introduced me to music that I never thought I would ever perform. I would highly recommend joining the YATS scheme at the CLC as the warm-hearted atmosphere together with the individual attention will significantly progress one’s singing capabilities.                                                     Nick, 2012 – 2014

Being an Apprentice Tenor in the City of London Choir was a fabulous opportunity. Chances to sing regularly outside school, and with a choir of an extremely high standard, at a time and location which, despite the school day, one can actually reach, are not that heavy on the ground, but this provided it all. The experience was wonderful and invaluable simultaneously, with a very welcoming atmosphere, friendly rehearsals punctuated by Hilary’s wit – not to mention the singing under Hilary itself, and (as an amateur conductor) learning additionally through observing his conducting – and my introduction to wonderful pieces which I’d never known of previously, such as Finzi’s Requiem da Camera. Perhaps the climax, though, was being part of a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius – and in the Albert Hall, with the RPO – which was an unforgettable occasion. I’m extremely grateful to the CLC for a most enjoyable and educational time.                          Peter, 2014

Young Singers:

My experience of being in the CLC has been one which has undoubtedly changed the course of my life. I have had the opportunity to gain confidence and skills as a musician through the discovery of pieces such as Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Bach’s St John Passion and performed with ensembles that I had always greatly admired. The chance to learn these things under Hilary [Davan Wetton] is both an enjoyable and inspiring experience, and one that prompted me to study Music at university. Being in the CLC is also a highly social experience, where you meet people with a shared passion for music, and are welcomed instantly as part of the community.      Maya, Alto, 2013 – 2015