This FAQ updated: 4 April 2019

We understand that every candidate is different, and that talent shows itself in different ways at different ages. However, here are some general guides to what we are looking for:

National Youth Boys’ Choir (trebles and changing voices)

(If in School Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 at audition)

  • Demonstrate potential and enthusiasm for singing
  • A vocal quality that will blend well within the choral sound
  • Sing with good intonation
  • Have an understanding of basic musical symbols
  • Ability to sight-read a rhythm and respond quickly to simple aural tests

(If in School Years 9 & 10 at audition)

  • All of the above plus the ability to respond to technical demands;
  • Demonstrate sight-reading skills including awareness of key signatures and melody including arpeggios as well as scales

National Youth Girls’ Choir

(If in School Years 6, 7 & 8 at audition)

  • Demonstrate potential and enthusiasm for singing
  • A vocal quality that will blend well within the choral sound
  • Sing with good intonation
  • Have an understanding of basic musical symbols
  • Ability to sight-read a rhythm and respond quickly to simple aural tests

(If in School Years 9 & 10 at audition)

  • All of the above plus the ability to respond to technical demands;
  • Sing with a clear, non-breathy voice;
  • Demonstrate sight-reading skills including awareness of key signatures and melody including arpeggios as well as scales

National Youth Training Choir 

(If in School Years 9 & 10 at audition)

  • Sing with strong vocal ability and musical intelligence for your age
  • A vocal quality that will blend well within the choral sound
  • Demonstrate more advanced sight-reading skills (equivalent to ABRSM Grade 3/4)

(If in School Years 11, 12 & 13 at audition)

  • Ability to respond to advanced technical work within the choir
  • Demonstrate an expressive voice with the ability to control vibrato, timbre and intonation. 
  • Sight-read at a level equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5+

National Youth Choir 

  • Sing challenging music with conviction and accuracy;
  • Make an impression on the choir’s sound, combining individuality with the ability to listen and blend;
  • Sight-read at a level equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6-7+;
  • Sing without insecurity of pitch or vibrato;
  • Perform with confidence, manifested in good posture, strong singing and the courage to take risks;
  • Demonstrate a sound vocal technique and the flexibility to blend and change the sound;
  • Sing without breathiness or nasality (except when requested).