Dear Friends,

We are more than just a choir: we are a community with a shared passion for singing and the life-changing musical opportunities it can offer.

Since the first group of talented young singers came together to form the National Youth Choir back in 1983, thousands of young singers from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds have grown and developed with us, many of whom have gone on to pursue their talent for singing at a professional level, form and lead choirs in their communities and bring joy to thousands more through their shared passion. Due to the current unprecedented international crisis, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our Spring and Summer activities, for the first time in our long and prestigious history.

Though the current challenges have put a significant financial strain on NYCGB and we are facing a £170,000 deficit this year, we are determined to come through this and ensure that we not only keep our members, and the nation, singing but also sustain the wonderful talents of our staff during this international crisis. To enable this, we have been delivering free online digital activities for our members this past spring and will be delivering online courses for all our members this summer, which will musicianship webinars, live feeds, group social events and virtual choir rehearsals and recordings. This has all been made possible by our amazing team of permanent and freelance staff. Whilst we are all too aware that countless musicians, many of them NYCGB alumni, are currently facing severe impending financial hardship, we ask you, our supporters, friends, customers and alumni who can help us in the longer term to donate to our Keep the Nation Singing appeal.

To date we have received heartwarming support from many parents, supporters, choral enthusiasts, alumni and Trusts, which along with cost saving measures has enabled us to reduce our initial projected deficit of £250,000 to £170,000. With the kind help of our community and funders we hope to reduce this even further by the end of our financial year in September.

All donations will be gratefully received and will go directly towards supporting NYCGB and our staff through these difficult times and ensuring that as a wonderful community of choral enthusiasts we are still here to nurture our nation’s young voices in the years to come.

Thank you in advance for your kind support.

Ben Parry

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor