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.

Summer 2021 Update

Updated 23 June 2021

Following the Government’s recent announcements, we are delighted that we are now in a position to begin to re-establish in-person activity again with all our choir members this summer. Residential courses are now permitted to go ahead, allowing children to attend in consistent groups (bubbles) of up to 30.

The safety, wellbeing and happiness of our members and staff remains our number one priority. We are proud of our reputation for excellent musical and pastoral experiences and we will be doing all we can to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 transmission and ensure that singers have a safe and enjoyable experience with NYCGB this summer. As the restrictions ease further, we plan a return to public performances for our Girls’, Boys’ and Training Choirs in 2022.

We have contacted all parents/carers direct by email with more detailed information regarding these plans.

Summer Courses

Summer 2021 Residential Course Date & Location

Boys' Choir: Reading, Berkshire; 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.

Financial assistance is available. Click for Financial Assistance Information.

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

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