Youth Lyric News

What’s next!?

Dear Parents,

We hope you all had a Happy and Healthy Christmas!

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone to say the least but we at Youth Lyric want to look forward to 2021 with hope and anticipation.

So, we’re very excited to announce something new for our senior students this New Year.


This month we will be launching online speech and drama classes for our senior students only. We realise this is not ideal but until current restrictions are lifted we believe this is the best way forward. Our tutors are planning lessons that will teach Trinity College syllabus to help students move towards Solo Grades but will also involve developing their performing arts skills that will encourage all students in their personal and mental health development, which we feel is vital at this particular time. We are committed to providing a unique and valuable experience for young people so we do hope you will encourage your child to join in.


The focus of the classes will be preparing individual monologues which can then be entered for the Trinity examination at the appropriate grade level. Pupils do not, however, need to embark on the examination and can join this class purely to develop skills. The examination is optional not compulsory. For those wanting to complete the examination, they will have to be willing to work on their monologue independently and also complete a recording of the monologue, plus accompanying tasks which will be outlined during the lessons. Please be advised the tutors cannot record the examination material, it must be done by the pupil at home and uploaded to the Trinity portal. Guidance will be sent to pupils closer to the examination deadline.


The online classes will run as follows:

  1. Class times will be as per the previous completed registration process
  2. There will be a maximum of 10 students per class.
  3. Each parent will be contacted via Zoom/Teams by the administrators and the class will last approximately 30 minutes.
  4. After a time of introduction, teaching and discussion, the lessons will take the weekly format of students being set work to complete at home and then they will show their work at the class the following week.
  5. Tutors will be there to provide guidance and evaluation as well as all resources students require and will ensure that classes are inclusive and fun at the same time as conducive to learning for all ability students.


NB, We will look at providing classes for our Junior students once the Senior classes are up and running. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot start Junior classes week commencing Monday 11th January as hoped due to current Covid-19 restrictions – but please watch this space for information coming shortly regarding some online performing arts classes for our P5 and P6 students.


If you have any questions or queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us at: for Belfast for Antrim enquiries.


Thanks for supporting us throughout these difficult times!


Natalie Gilbert

Head of Curriculum

COVID-19 Update: Stanmillis

Dear Parents and Guardian,


We have been informed that unfortunately, Stanmillis University College will now not be taking any bookings for our use of either the Dance Hall to Sports hall until at least w/c Monday 11th January 2021.

Stanmillis can not guarantee that this timeframe won’t be extended, therefore I will keep in touch about the start of our classes for the next term. We have also been advised that class sizes might have to be kept to a minimum number when we do re-start but we will inform all parents of any changes nearer the time.

In the meantime, if you have completed registration for your child to attend this term the process will automatically be transferred to next term so you need do nothing more at this time.  If you have ordered a Youth Lyric top then please contact Rachel Robinson at to arrange delivery/ collection before Christmas. we are still selling out Lyric merchandise so please checkout our website where you will also find the results of our latest excellent online competition kindly judged by DJ Carolyn Stewart.

The news form Sranmillis is a great disappointment for staff and pupils but I do hope to have more positive news soon.

With sincere thanks for your ongoing support in these tines.

Aidan Browne

Artistic Director


Christmas hamper competition

After much difficulty in finding her favourite junior and senior entry, DJ Carolyn Stewart picked Jonathan Marshal from out Saturday 11am class and Yasmin Mulgrew Saunders from our Monday 5pm class. There were also other highly commended entries from Charlotte Connor and Nahla. Well done to our winners: Jonathan and Yasmin!

Classes open soon

Hi everyone, we have some great news about our restart which you can check out in full on our classes page. For now, see you all soon!