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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 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.

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.

You can also click here to read Courses & Membership FAQ

National Youth Boys', Girls' & Training Choirs Information

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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. 

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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
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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
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You'll be given guidance on vocal health and development on every course you attend.

Careers forums
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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
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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
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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 September 2020


*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.

2021 Course Fees

Course fees for National Youth Boys' and Girls' Choirs in 2021 are TBC. (2020 courses cost £580 each) Course fees for the National Youth Training Choir in 2021 are TBC. (2020 courses cost £830 each)

Members are asked to attend at least one of the two residential courses.

National Youth Choir fees for 20/21If you’re new to NYCGB, you’ll need to pay a one-off Membership Fee of £88. The Annual Programme fee is payable in instalments across the year, to view the payments and payment schedule please click on the National Youth Choir Annual Programme guide here

Financial assistance is available. Click for Financial Assistance Information.

Spring 2021 - Confirmed Dates

Training Choir, Rickmansworth, Sunday 4th – Sunday 11th April 

Girls' Choir, Banbury, Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th April 

Boys' Choir, TBC

Summer 2021- Provisional Dates

Boys' Choir, Banbury, Thursday 29th July – Monday 2nd August

Girls' Choir, Fleetwood, Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st August

Training Choir A, TBC

Training Choir B, Framlingham, Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd August

National Youth Choir Annual Programme

Project One: Discovery Weekend, Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2020

Project Two: Scratch Youth Messiah, Sunday 15th November 2020

Project Three: Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, Saturday 19th – Thursday 24th December 2020 

Project Four: Spring Residential, Friday 26th March – Thursday 1st April 2021

Project Five: Summer Residential, Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th August 2021

Download the NYC Annual Programme 2021