Youth Lyric’s mission is to provide the very best quality education experience for young people from every background in Northern Ireland. We provide excellence in Performing Arts training-enriching the lives of our students, whilst promoting self-confidence and personal development. We are committed to providing a unique and valuable experience for young people through the employment of highly qualified professional tutors with a track record of achievement in education and the Performing Arts industry.
Youth Lyric is one of the biggest performing arts schools in Northern Ireland with over 300 students attending weekly classes in Belfast and Antrim. Young people from all areas of Belfast attend classes. Students also attend from Armagh, Lisburn, Downpatrick, Randalstown, Carrickfergus, Carryduff, Crumlin, Glengormley, Holywood, Bangor, Whiteabbey, Dundonald, Stoneyford and Saintfield. Towards the end of the 1993/94 academic year we became aware that there was a substantial interest in the performing arts in the Antrim area and classes were started in Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim. Arthur Webb was director of Youth Lyric for 15 years until 1993. He saw the academy grow from a small two class unit to a thriving eight class drama school with a waiting list for places in all groups. In September 1993 Aidan Browne, a former Youth Lyric student in the late seventies and Youth Lyric tutor since 1986, was appointed as director. In August 2002 Youth Lyric became an independent arts organisation, following a decision by the board of the Lyric Theatre to withdraw financial support for our work. The smooth running of the school is due to the partnerships between students, parents and Youth Lyric staff. We greatly value the ongoing support and encouragement of Youth Lyric parents.
One of our Principal aims at the Youth Lyric is to give young people a greater self confidence and increased communication skills. It is our firm belief that the skills acquired through study of the preforming arts; confidence, assertiveness and ability to meet deadlines, are life skills that can transfer into a variety of professional and social situations. We value every student and want each one to reach full potential and greatly enjoy their time with us.
Youth Lyric runs classes in public buildings which are clean and well heated and our primary concern is for the security and safety of our students. We ask that all those driving cars exercise caution when dropping off and collecting students. We also request that students are collected promptly at the end of classes. We have had a number of generous sponsors over the years, including Belfast City Council, the Enkalon Foundation and businesses sponsoring cups. We always welcome financial support and support in kind and are happy to discuss associations between Youth Lyric and Businesses.
The Youth Lyric Parents Association provides practical and fund-raising support for our work. Activities include selling ballot tickets and assisting with front of house duties of Youth Lyric presentations and the festival. The group also organises one or two fund raising events per year.