Our choirs & courses Courses & Membership FAQ COURSES & MEMBERSHIP: How long are courses and can you take time off? National Youth Boys' Choir and National Youth Girls' Choir Boys' and Girls' Choir residential courses are five days long. Members usually arrive around lunchtime on the first day, spend four nights away from home and the fifth day is concert day. Members leave at the end of the concert. National Youth Training Choir Training Choir courses are usually around eight days long. Members usually arrive around lunchtime on the first day, spend seven nights away from home and the eighth day is concert day. Members leave at the end of the concert. Time Off In exceptional circumstances, requests to be absent for a few hours mid-course may be granted, but missing any part of a course will make it difficult for members to get the most out of it and may devalue the work put in by other members. Leave of Absence requests should be emailed to [email protected] as soon as the issue arises. Due to the amount of information given at the start of the course new members must arrive in time for registration. No member may miss concert day. 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 make necessary phone calls. We offer strong pastoral support at this time. 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. Short term leave requests may be granted in exceptional circumstances and should be emailed to [email protected] in advance.