Our choirs & courses Courses Courses CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH: Residential Courses: Revealed! Boys', Girls' & Training Choirs Courses & Fees 2021 Summer 2021 Update Updated 10 June 2021 We delayed booking for 2021 summer residential courses so that we could make an informed decision closer to the time about whether they would be able to proceed based on the Covid-19 situation. We now want to update you on the current position and the timescale for confirming our plans for the summer. We continue to review the ongoing guidance from the Government regarding Covid-19 to assess if residential courses can go ahead safely. In the hope that they can, we are working with course venues to identify appropriate measures that will need to be put in place to manage and mitigate any risks. We will review this information, along with further Government guidelines, and hope to make a decision about whether it is viable to proceed with summer residential courses by late June. The safety of our choir members and NYCGB staff remains our priority. Under stage three of the Government’s roadmap, residentials are restricted to very small groups but we hope that under stage four this will be opened-up further. We will only open booking for residentials if we are confident that they can go ahead safely. If we are unable to offer residential courses this summer, we will be looking at alternative options and will update you accordingly. Please see below for provisional dates for summer residential courses. We hope that the lifting of restrictions will mean that it is possible to return to in-person singing with our choirs in the summer – we know that our members are very keen to be able to get together as well! However, if ongoing restrictions mean it is not a viable option to run residential courses this summer, we will be looking at alternative options and will update you accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional circumstances and we hope that our members will be able to join us this summer. Summer Courses Summer 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations Boys' Choir: Reading, Berkshire; Thursday 29th July – Monday 2nd August Girls' Choir A*: Reading, Berkshire; Monday 9th – Friday 13th August Girls' Choir B*: Fleetwood, Lancashire; Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st August Training Choir A*: Loretto School, Edinburgh; Monday 2nd – Monday 9th August Training Choir B*: Framlingham, Suffolk; Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd August *Training Choir and Girls' Choir members can choose to book one of two summer courses, shown above as A and B, regardless of where they live. 2021 Residential Course Fees Girls' and Boys' Choir - £600 per course Training Choir - £855 per course Members are asked to attend at least one residential course each year. Financial assistance is available. Click for Financial Assistance Information. Residential courses are at the heart of NYCGB, full of music, learning, fun and friends. Some of the UK's top conductors and teachers lead you in incredible music alongside other talented and enthusiastic young singers. You'll develop choral skills, individual vocal technique and musicianship. Confidence grows throughout the course until you're ready to showcase your skills to great audiences around the UK. If you're a member of Boys', Girls' or Training Choir, you'll go on up to two inspirational residential courses each year; one during the Easter school holidays and one during the Summer break. Whilst the courses vary in length, depending on your age and ability, they're all packed with opportunities, experiences, music, fun and friendships. Click the sections below to find out more about Boys', Girls' and Training Choir Courses. If you're a National Youth Choir member, you will attend several projects throughout the year as part of the annual programme from September to August. Click here to view the annual programme PDF. You can find more about the National Youth Choir (18+) Annual Programme on our Choirs pages by clicking here. You can also click here to read Courses & Membership FAQ National Youth Boys', Girls' & Training Choirs Information Rehearsals Read more Rehearsals happen throughout the day, in sectional groups and in split and full ensembles. They're never 'run-throughs' or 'note-bashing' - you'll work on your individual and ensemble sound and blend, learn to listen to the wider music beyond your part, create different sounds and styles, and build performances that incorporate choreography and movement. As your experience grows, so will your ability to lead others and support their progress. Musicianship Read more If you're a member of the National Youth Boys' Choir, National Youth Girls' Choir and National Youth Training Choir, you'll receive dedicated musicianship sessions as part of your daily schedule. We use games and singing exercises to develop your sight-reading, rhythm, pitch, and aural skills. Alexander Technique Read more National Youth Training Choir and National Youth Choir members receive group sessions with qualified Alexander Technique practitioners. They help to improve your movement and breathing, and to identify postural habits which can increase in performance. The Society of Teachers of Alexander Technique website carries further information about their work on our courses, and their national programme of education. Vocal Tuition Read more You'll be given guidance on vocal health and development on every course you attend. Careers forums Read more NYCGB is just part of your musical journey. Members of the National Youth Training Choir and National Youth Choir can take part in forums to help guide your choices as you move through school and towards higher education and specialist music study. Social Activities Read more Even the most enthusiastic singers need time to recharge and refresh. Every course has its own Head of Social Activities who will organise everything from craft activities to quiz nights. It's all optional and, of course, there is always free time for you to relax or revise if you've got exams looming! Pastoral Care / Safeguarding Read more Whether it's helping with medication or special access requirements, or lending a friendly and confidential ear, our pastoral team is always there for you. Safeguarding members and protecting them from harm is the responsibility of every member of staff. All our staff are DBS checked and are trained in NSPCC Safeguarding/Child Protection. Our pastoral staff are also trained in First Aid, Safe Handling of Medication, Prevent and Health and Safety.