Carl Browning inherited the British Youth Choir from his predecessor David Clover when he was appointed Music Adviser to the City of Sheffield in October 1979.

Within a few months he brokered the foundation of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, following guidance from his Chief Education Officer Michael Harrison, and negotiations with Sir David Willcocks, at that time Principal of the Royal College of Music. Retiring in the 1990s, Carl emigrated to New Zealand where he started The Nelson Annual Summer School of Music in 2001.

Carl has steered a number of youth choral organisations both nationally and internationally with vision and musical expertise over 45 years. Concerts include ten Royal Albert Hall appearances, three FA Cup Final appearances and numerous touring appearances in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Hawaii, Samoa, Honolulu and the Cook Islands.

Carl now holds dual UK and New Zealand citizenship. Whilst keeping in touch with NYCGB staff and an ever-changing choir membership in UK, he directs four choirs in New Zealand during the summer months as well as the January Summer School Choir and Orchestra.