This FAQ updated: 17 September 2018

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 for improvement and enthusiasm for singing;
  • Sing in tune, with a keen ear;
  • Respond quickly to basic pitch and rhythm games.

(If in School Years 9 & 10 at audition)

  • All of the above plus the ability to respond to basic technical demands;
  • Show basic sight-reading skills.

National Youth Girls’ Choir

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

  • Demonstrate potential for improvement and enthusiasm for singing;
  • Sing with a clear, clean sound; reasonably free from breathiness;
  • Sing in tune with awareness of intonation;
  • Demonstrate basic sight-reading skills.

(If in School Years 9 & 10 at audition)

  • All of the above plus the ability to respond to basic 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 exceptional vocal ability for your age
  • Sing with expression and musical intelligence
  • Demonstrate more advanced sight-reading skills (equivalent to ABRSM Grade 3/4)

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

  • Sing with secure vocal quality and the ability to respond to technical work within the choir
  • Demonstrate an individual and expressive voice
  • Sing with secure intonation and the absence of intrusive vibrato
  • Sight-read at a level equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5+

National Youth Choir

  • Sing difficult 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;
  • Sing completely free of breathiness;
  • Demonstrate the flexibility to blend and to change the sound;
  • Sing without nasality (except when requested).