Members of the National Youth Boys' Choir in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, April 2016. Image: Belinda Lawley


The National Youth Boys' Choir is for boys with unbroken voices (trebles), and boys whose voices are changing who sing in our specialist ensemble called Cambiata Voices; both trebles and those with breaking voices attend the same courses.

We passionately believe that choral singing is for everyone and strongly encourage all talented young singers from all backgrounds and musical styles to audition. As a member you’ll have the best choral training possible including unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music, performance, recording, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. You’ll sing alongside the most gifted young singers in the UK, developing your skills to the highest level, and making life-long friends.


National Youth Boys' Choir (Ages 9-15)

You can audition for the National Youth Boys' Choir from school year 5 (England & Wales), primary 5 (Scotland) and primary 6 (Northern Ireland). You can stay with us until the end of school year 10 (England & Wales), S3 (Scotland) and year 11 (Northern Ireland). 

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  • Take part in up to two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities, social activities, together with 100-150 great young singers of your age. Find out more about the commitment here.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff to guide your vocal and musical development, and to look after you.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall & Sage Gateshead, performing everything from traditional choral music to brand-new pieces.

We all study together on our residential courses and we sing a broad range of challenging music. At our concerts we like to mix it up, so some pieces are performed by just Trebles, some by just Cambiata Voices and some works where we join forces. At the beginning of each course the music staff check how boys are getting on vocally and decide which voice part they will sing for that residential course and concert. You will be guided by our expert vocal tutors to help develop your voice and we help boys whose voices are changing to progress in a natural and unforced way.

What we sing

The pieces we sing are varied and will challenge singers of all levels of experience in different ways. Our repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles to help singers develop musical literacy and awareness. Music is often set to a text in a foreign language: recent examples have included items in Gaelic, Hebrew, French and Latin. We include musicianship sessions on our courses to build and reinforce your pitching and rhythm.

Where we perform

The National Youth Boys' Choir performs both independently and collaboratively with other NYCGB choirs at venues around the UK. Recent highlights include appearances at Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival, the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's 'Friday Afternoons' at the Royal Albert Hall, and contributions to NYCGB's critically-acclaimed recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten.

Courses

Spring activities are moving online! 

Given the current advice, and the future outlook in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to make the difficult decision that it is not possible to hold residential courses this spring. Our Girls’, Boys’ and Training Choir spring online activity for 2021 will be offered safely and securely via the Zoom platform. 

This exciting activity will incorporate NYCGB’s trademark high-quality activity, to take young singers’ skills and experience to the next level.  Including music rehearsals, vocal technique sessions, workshops with special guests, musicianship and social activities.  All activity is developed by our Principal Conductors and run by our specialist team of world-class choral professionals.  It builds on our successful 2020 online programmes, taking feedback from participants and parents/guardians into account. 


Spring Dates 

The spring online activity will run from Monday 5th to Friday 9th April.

Programme times are as follows on most days with some variations:

Boys' Choir: 10.30am - 4.30pm

There will also be a meeting for new NYCGB members and parents/guardians ahead of the first day and some optional evening events.  The activity will culminate on the Friday evening with all choir members coming together to share what they’ve produced and siblings, parents, guardians will be encouraged to join in the fun!


Spring Activity Booking opens as follows:

Boys’ Choir:   9am on Monday 8th February


There is no limit to the number of places, however booking closes on Thursday 25th February. 


Spring Course Fees and Financial Assistance

Spring Fees are as follows:

Boys' Choir: £160

If you applied for financial assistance by the deadline, we’ll email you with the outcome of your application; please remember to check your junk items.

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If you have any questions, please email [email protected]  


Summer Courses

We’re still hopeful that we can offer the option to attend a residential course in the summer and details will be emailed as soon as a decision is possible.

Summer 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations

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


2021 Residential Course Fees 

Boys' Choir - £600 per course 

Members are asked to attend at least one residential course each year.

For further information contact Amanda Wood 0191 383 7355 [email protected] 

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