The NYCGB Fellowship Programme is vital in enabling the most talented and motivated young singers to fulfil their potential and develop into artists capable of entering the music profession at the highest level - Nicholas Sears, Head of Vocal Studies, Royal College of Music

Launched in 2015 by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the NYCGB Fellowship Programme is a training scheme for aspiring choral musicians which develops solo and ensemble performance technique, leadership experience, and professional skills and networks. Each year, eight outstanding candidates aged 18-25 are selected from open auditions to join the programme.


Recent highlights have included performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Aldeburgh Easter Festival, the Three Choirs Festival, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, masterclasses and mentoring from Roderick Williams, Dame Sarah Connolly, Harry Christophers, James Gilchrist, Kitty Whately and Roland Wood, leading workshops at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music and Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub, broadcasts and recordings for the BBC and NYCGB’s own digital record label, and professional seminars on audition technique, stagecraft, self-employed finances and marketing.

The 2019-20 Fellowship Programme features a further range of opportunities including education work with children in Suffolk and County Durham, a residency and concert performance at Snape Maltings, recording sessions for the NMC digital recording label, international tours to New Zealand and Australia with the National Youth Choir, and teaching and mentoring on NYCGB residential courses.

Graduates of the Fellowship Programme proceed to a wide range of activity, including postgraduate solo vocal study, professional choral and consort work, and leadership activity including conducting, workshops, and musicianship coaching.   

The NYCGB Fellowship Programme is supported by Principal Programme Supporter ABRSM with additional generous support from the Ofenheim Trust, and by programme partners Making Music and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing).

Meet the current NYCGB Fellows
Read the Fellowship blog
Meet past NYCGB Fellows