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. 

The training is of a great standard... the atmosphere is really positive and inspiring and most of all the courses are fun! - Jonathan

At a glance
  • You can audition for the National Youth Boys' Choir from school year 5 and stay with us until the end of school year 10. Need help? Check our school year table: NYCGB_School_Year_Table.pdf
  • From school year 9 you can audition to move up early to the National Youth Training Choir
  • Take part in two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities and social activities, together with 100-150 great young singers of your age.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff.
  • Teaching to guide your vocal progress and develop your musicianship.
  • A huge range of music of all styles to sing, from traditional choral repertoire to brand-new music.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall & Sage Gateshead.
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What we do

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 the most experienced singers in the group whilst making sure that less experienced singers are supported. 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 in the Royal Festival Hall, the world premiere of Ben Parry's Sports Shorts at Sage Gateshead, as well as contributions to NYCGB's critically-acclaimed recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten.