The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Discovery weekend, Mountview Academy September 2019.

Image: Ben Tomlin Photography

Founded in 1983, the National Youth Choir is NYCGB's flagship ensemble and recognised as one of the greatest youth choirs in the world. From 2018, NYC members re-audition annually for the chance to participate in a unique Annual Programme of training and performance projects. 

  • What is it? NYCGB's flagship ensemble and the UK's leading youth choir for outstanding singers aged 18-25.
  • Who is it for? Outstanding choral singers aged 18 on 31st August 2020 to age 22 on 31st August 2021 (to age 25 for current members re-auditioning). Download the table to view our age ranges here.

    Membership of NYCGB is open to British citizens and anyone who is a resident of the UK at the time of application (excluding non-domicile applicants).

  • Where and when are auditions? Auditions for NYC's Annual Programme happen annually and will take place in the Spring. Auditions take place in a variety of location across the UK.

  • When does it meet? The National Youth Choir meets up to five times a year for an Annual Programme of training and performance projects. The programme runs from September-August. See below.

  • What's on offer? NYC's Annual Programme offers a unique year-round training and performance programme including mentoring from a diverse range of world-class musicians and coaches, performance opportunities as part of major events and festivals, and extensive experience of developing and premiering new choral music in live performance and via digital media.     

  • What to expect in 2020/21? Message from Artistic Director, Ben Parry: All of us at NYCGB are immensely proud of what the National Youth Choir has achieved over the past two years. The world-class opportunities in which the choir has been involved - not least the headline performances at the BBC and Snape Proms and stunning Christmas concerts as part of our amazing partnership with the Royal Albert Hall – bear testament to the high regard of the choir’s reputation and the skill, dedication and enthusiasm of all the singers. The forthcoming season looks set to be equally special, with further developments to the learning programme, exciting performance opportunities and a spellbinding new commission from British Iranian turntable artist and experimental composer Shiva Feshareki. We will also be working with some very special visiting artists including international vocal group The Swingles, as well as curating more brand-new choral works from our new cohort of Young Composers. 

  • How much does it cost? If you’re new to NYCGB, you’ll need to pay a one-off Membership Fee of £88. We will send you instructions on how to pay this. The Annual Programme fee is payable in instalments across the year, to view the payment schedule please click on the Annual Programme guide below. 

  • Annual Programme Guide 2020.21
  • NYC Annual Programme 2020.21 Uniform Guide 

National Youth Choir Annual Programme Project Dates 2020-21
Project One: Discovery Weekend, Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2020 ONLINE
Project Two: Scratch Youth Messiah, Sunday 15th November 2020 CANCELLED
Project Three: Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, Wednesday 16th December – Wednesday 23rd December 2020 CANCELLED (16th December, Online event) 
Project Four: Spring Residential, Friday 26th March – Thursday 1st April 2021
Project Five: Summer Residential, Monday 12th - Saturday 31st July (outside dates) 

National Youth Choir Fees 2020-21


For further information contact Elizabeth Curwen 0191 383 7334 [email protected] 

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