About the Choir
Registered Charity Number 1177305
Leeds Vocal Movement (LVM) is an un-auditioned SATB choir based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Founded by former musical director Charles Rhodes, our choir aims to bridge the gap between youth choirs and choral societies and we provide musical opportunities for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.
Since forming in 2011, LVM has won trophies at the Pontefract Music Festival, performed for numerous functions and maintained bi-annual concerts throughout each year. We are fun, educational and social choir and we aim to perfect and perform music spanning a range of genres, including contemporary, classical, jazz, sacred and traditional music on an international level. In addition, our Musical Director Caitlin Mayall uses the Kodály method to help our members develop their ability to pitch, sight-read and improve tuning.
Leeds Vocal Movement is a registered charity. This provides exciting opportunities for our members and potential members, and more information on those opportunities can be found in our charity blog entry.
Our reason for providing a space for young adults to continue their vocal training is two-fold: Firstly, scientific evidence suggests that the adult voice develops from 12-13 years of age until it settles at around 30 years of age. We feel it is important to provide for this age gap, and therefore aim to continue preparing young adult singers after they leave youth choirs at 18, as well as training those without that experience.
Secondly, many choral societies have, in recent years, seen a drop in applications from younger adult singers. We believe this may partly be due to a lack of formal music education in younger singers, as the arts funding available to schools and arts organisations has declined in the last decade. Also, most of our members – even those with previous choir experience – tend not to be confident music readers, which prevents them from auditioning to join choral societies. We aim to provide an educational choral experience, much like many youth choirs do, by teaching technical vocal training, choral skills and sight-reading skills to our choir members.
Our long term vision is to equip our members with all of the training necessary to be able to sing confidently in a choir, and continue on to a choral society or auditioned choir if they so choose. We will never turn away current members once they reach 35, but we hope that they will have the skills to go on to experience even more exhilarating and high quality music making with some of Yorkshire’s many long-standing, established choral organisations.
This choir also gives an ideal opportunity for individuals within this age range to find a community of peers to sing with, as our treasurer Sally has mentioned in her blog entry. Whether you’d like to further your vocal training or start it, LVM would love to have you join us.
If you have any questions about our aims or age range, please feel free to contact us via email.
Sing with us
We are always looking for fresh faces so get in touch if you are interested in getting to know more about LVM! Rehearsals are every Wednesday 7-8.30pm.
We are also available for hire and can perform repertoire suitable for Christmas events and weddings, as well corporate and private functions. If you’d like us to sing at your special event or collaborate with you, please send us an email.
Meet the team
Musical Director: Caitlin Mayall
Caitlin is a conductor, singer and teacher based in West Yorkshire. She gained her degree in Music and Spanish at the University of Leeds, where she specialised in vocal performance and teaching, and was awarded First Class Hons. With a background as a classically trained soprano, she also has a keen interest in gospel, jazz, world music, early music and musicals.
After directing the Leeds University Chorus whilst at university, in 2015 Caitlin was awarded a Sing for Pleasure Young Conducting Scholarship. Since then, she has conducted the Darlington Youth Choir, Durham County Youth Choir, Barnsley Youth Choir, Left Bank Choir, Penistone Children’s Choir and members of the National Youth Choir GB Chamber Choir. She has also worked as a vocal teacher and singing strategist for Durham and Barnsley Music Services and has attended training in the world-renowned Kodály Method.
As the recently-appointed musical director of Leeds Vocal Movement, Caitlin hopes to develop the choir’s musicianship, inspire musical excellence through singing quality choral music and encourage collaborations with other local choirs.
Apprentice Conductor: Gregory Moor
Gregory is a Leeds-based Music graduate of the University of Leeds. He is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily with wind instruments, and specialised in conducting under the guidance of Eduardo Portal. At university he conducted wind ensembles both within the music society and outside of it, but since graduating has had much more involvement in choral conducting. He was the assistant manager and guest conductor for the Clothworker’s Consort for a period and he co-founded Cantus Ortus, a choir that aims to bring classical repertoire into Leeds to animate public spaces and build community within the city centre.
Gregory is thrilled to make his debut with Leeds Vocal Movement this summer and is excited to be their first apprentice conductor.
Choir Manager & Librarian: Rosa Stevens
Rosa has been a member of LVM for over four years, and the choir manager for the majority of her membership. Her managerial duties are centred around the administration and development of the choir, providing members with choir updates and performance opportunities, and (most importantly) organising choir socials.
More recently, Rosa has become the choir’s librarian, which caters to her academic background in music and love for organising anything she can get her hands on.
Rosa has been involved in performing arts societies and companies for eight years, and LVM has stood the test of time. She joined as a step away from the choral singing opportunities at university, finding that the choir matched her eclectic taste and social demographic. The particular appeal for her is that the choir consistently produces high quality performances with singers of all levels, which is only one of the unique selling points that keeps members enthused.
Treasurer: Sally Stephens
Sally has been a member of LVM since 2017. In her day-job she manages the administrative support and governance for a charity, and so the detail and spreadsheet fascination needed to be LVM treasurer are right up her street.
Sally is a trustee of Northern Opera Group, and has been involved with a wide range of performance and music groups both on-stage and off. Joining LVM has been a fantastic addition to a somewhat hectic calendar and rehearsals each week are a great way to relax – not to mention our socials in the pub afterwards!
Marketing Coordinator: Holly Rose Angel
Holly joined Leeds Vocal Movement in 2013. Fresh out of university she was seeking a new choir to join and found a young, friendly, unauditioned choir – just what she was looking for! Having graduated with a literature degree Holly specialises in words and was quickly asked to take over the social media accounts. It has been a fun way to share what the choir gets up to every week. She particularly enjoys singing choral music and musicals and has been able to sing both with LVM.
Web Designer: Caz Avery
Caz started singing with LVM in September 2017. She’s loved singing for most of her life; singing in several school and religious choirs before coming to university and struggling to find a new group to be comfortable in. Currently a second year PhD student Caz strives to find ways to procrastinate but still be useful, so was delighted to help on the committee of LVM!
Joining LVM has enabled Caz to finally start singing again, as well as meeting a group of new friends and reconnecting with some old ones. When not singing, Caz can be found nerding out over musicals, Disney, and Harry Potter.