Our choirs & courses Courses & Membership FAQ COURSES & MEMBERSHIP: How long are courses and can you take time off? This FAQ updated: 10 October 2018 National Youth Boys' Choir, National Youth Girls' Choir National Youth Boys' Choir and National Youth Girls' Choir residential courses are five days long. That means you spend four nights away from home. The fifth day is concert day, and everyone goes home after the concert is over. In exceptional circumstances, requests to be absent for a short time mid-course may be granted, but missing any part of a course will make it difficult for you to get the most out of it and may devalue the work put in by other members. New members cannot miss the first day of the course. No member may miss concert day. National Youth Training Choir National Youth Training Choir courses are usually around eight days long. As with Boys' Choir and Girls' Choir courses, short term leave requests may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Summer courses can often fall over GCSE and/or A-Level results days in August. If this happens, you should ask your school or college for a way of accessing your results remotely. We allow time away from rehearsals on the morning of GCSE and A-Level results day for you to access your results remotely, and also offer strong pastoral support at this time. New members cannot miss the first day of the course. No member may miss concert day. National Youth Choir The National Youth Choir runs differently to other NYCGB choirs, with a year-round Annual Programme of four projects, including a non-residential introductory weekend and concert project, a mini-residential of around five days, and an extended residential of around 10 days. Attendance is compulsory at three out of four Annual Programme projects. As with other NYCGB choirs, short term leave requests may be granted in exceptional circumstances.