Our choirs & courses Courses Courses CLICK ABOVE TO WATCH: Residential Courses: Revealed! 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 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. Information updated 7 December 2020 Boys', Girls' & Training Choirs Courses & Fees 2021 We are currently planning for our 2021 courses to run in person. We will continue to pay close attention to government advice regarding the pandemic and will ensure that our courses are run safely and in line with the most up to date government guidance to ensure the safety of our members and staff. All dates and locations below are PROVISIONAL and confirmed details will be emailed to parents/guardians of members in the new year before booking opens. Spring 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations Boys' Choir: Reading, Berkshire; Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th April Girls' Choir: Banbury, Oxfordshire; Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th April Training Choir: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire; Sunday 4th – Sunday 11th April Summer 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations Boys' Choir: Banbury, Oxfordshire; Thursday 29th July – Monday 2nd August Girls' Choir: Fleetwood, Lancashire; Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st August Training Choir A*: (information will be uploaded as soon as possible) Training Choir B*: Framlingham, Suffolk; Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd August *Training 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.