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.

  • 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 Age Ranges & Eligibility Table


  • 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.

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