About the Choir
Registered Charity Number 1177305
Leeds Vocal Movement (LVM) is an SATB choir, searching for local individuals who are passionate about music to join us!
The choir is an in-auditioned choir based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and founded by former Musical Director Charles Rhodes. As a newly registered charity, we have a
long term vision for offering high quality musical experiences for the younger generations. The choir bridges the gap between youth choirs and choral societies, to provide musical opportunities to young people between the ages of 18 and 35.
Since forming in 2011, LVM has won trophies at festivals including the Pontefract Music Festival, performed for numerous functions and fundraising events, and maintained bi-annual concerts throughout each year. We have also performed with other local choirs, and look forward to further collaborations with the local choir community.
The choir’s aim is to work collaboratively with its members 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 uses the Kodály method to musical education to help our members develop their ability to pitch, sight-read and improve tuning.
Our age range
During the period from puberty at 12-13 years of age and 30-35 years of age when the voice settles, the voice is still developing. So it is very important that singers still receive singing tuition or expert vocal guidance from an experienced professional after youth choir or university age up until their mid-thirties. Youth choirs and university choirs already provide for those aged between 12-18, so we provide for the rest of those within this age gap.
If you have any questions about our 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! 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 new 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.
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.