Join the London Symphony Chorus

An ambitious and welcoming chorus

The London Symphony Chorus is an auditioned chorus made up of amateur singers who come together in the city of London to perform with some of the very best conductors, orchestras, and soloists from across the globe.

If you share our passion for singing and want to perform in a welcoming chorus with a professional approach, we are currently accepting applications for all voice parts.

Auditions and what to expect

In his role as Auditions Secretary, Andrew Fuller oversees all aspects of the auditions process for the London Symphony Chorus.  Andrew sees it as his mission to create a warm and inclusive welcome to each and every applicant from the start.

Now for some of us, the thought of an audition might seem a bit daunting.  It is really important to us that anyone auditioning for the LSC feels as comfortable as possible.  To help you know what to expect there’s some useful information about the process in the Frequently Asked Questions below and you can also check out Andrew’s very own ‘Step-By-Step Guide to LSC Auditions’ here.

So if you think you’d like to become part of our diverse collective of passionate and dedicated choral singers, we’d love to hear from you.

FAQs

Do you audition?

Yes, our audition sessions are very relaxed and will generally be led by our Chorus Director along with an accompanist and, if available, a Voice Coach.

We ask you to prepare a song of your choice to sing or we can provide you with a list of songs as suggested audition pieces if you prefer.

No sight-reading is required but we will ask you to sing out a top, middle, or bottom note from a played chord on the piano.

Is the London Symphony Chorus a professional chorus?

The Chorus is made up of amateur singers who work to the highest professional standard, challenged by a wide variety of music including, new commissions and lesser-known choral works, as well as the established symphonic choral repertoire. We principally work with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and on tour, along with many other leading orchestras, conductors, and venues in the UK and worldwide.

Is there a joining or subscription fee?

No. We do not charge a fee, but we ask for a refundable music deposit of £30 to cover lost or damaged music scores.

When and where do you rehearse?

Chorus rehearsals are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30 to 9.00pm. We use a small range of rehearsal venues in the City of London, principally the City of London School for Girls on the Barbican Estate. Orchestral rehearsals will generally be held at the concert venue or LSO St. Lukes.

How much time do I have to commit?

You should generally be able to attend two rehearsals a week (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) and if a concert or recording is imminent, additional time will be required for orchestral rehearsals or recording sessions.

You are not expected to take part in all projects and we will always try to be flexible in accommodating your work and personal commitments.

Can I come to a rehearsal before auditioning?

New singers are always welcome to attend a trial rehearsal before arranging an audition on a later date. Please email the Auditions Secretary, Andrew Fuller on auditions@lsc.org.uk.

Does the Chorus tour?

Yes. We tour regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and with other major international orchestras. Recent international tours have included Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Philharmonie de Paris, and Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. We have also joined the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, under Marc Albrecht, for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No.8 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

What standard of singer are you looking for?

We are a chorus of amateur singers with varying levels of experience, but we are auditioned (and re-auditioned every one to two years ) and perform on professional stages with professional orchestras, so we are not a chorus for beginners.

You do not necessarily need a background in choral singing or music but you should have a basic understanding of musical principles and some experience of music-making.

We are interested in potential, as well as trained voices, and in some cases can offer coaching for those less experienced singers.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Join our world-class chorus!

To arrange an audition or attend a trial rehearsal, please fill out this form or contact Andrew Fuller, Audition Secretary, on