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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 4 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


Junior & Training Choirs Information

Rehearsals
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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. 

Musicianship
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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 5 November 2019

COURSE DATES AND PRICES 2020

BOYS’ CHOIR

Spring:

Sun 5 – Thu 9 Apr, Harrogate Ladies College, Yorkshire

Concert:  Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm (Thu 9 Apr)

Course cost: £580

Summer:

Tue 4 – Sat 8 Aug

Tudor Hall School, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Concert: Coventry Cathedral (Sat 8 Aug)

Course cost: £580

 

GIRLS’ CHOIR

Spring:

Wed 15 – Sun 19 Apr, Tudor Hall School, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Joint Concert: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre (Sun 19 Apr)

Course cost: £580

Summer:

15- 19 Aug, Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Concert: The Albert Halls, Bolton (Wed 19 Aug)

Course cost: £580

TRAINING CHOIR

Spring:

Fri 10 – Fri 17 Apr, Clifton College, Bristol

Concert: Clifton Cathedral (Fri 17 Apr)

Course cost: £830

Summer:

Training Choir Course A

Sat 8 – Sat 15 Aug, Loretto College, Edinburgh

Concert: St Mary’s Cathedral (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) (Sat 15 Aug)

Course cost: £830

Training Choir Course B

Sat 15 – Sat 22 Aug

Framlingham School, Suffolk

Concert: Saffron Hall (Sat 22 Aug)

Course cost: £830

National Youth Choir Annual Programme

Project One: 6 – 8 Sep, Discovery Weekend, Mountview, London

Project Two: 20 – 24 Dec, Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Project Three: 15 – 19 Apr, Residential course, Bloxham School, Banbury, 

Joint Concert: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre (Sun 19 Apr)

Project Four: 7 Jul – 4 Aug, International Tour 

NYC Annual Programme 2020 PDF