The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Discovery Weekend, September 2021.

Photography: Helena Cooke


AUDITION BOOKING FOR NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL PROGRAMME 2022/23 IS NOW OPEN. FIND OUT MORE / BOOK YOUR AUDITION HERE


Founded in 1983, the National Youth Choir (NYC) is NYCGB's flagship ensemble and recognised as one of the greatest youth choirs in the world. Each year prospective NYC members audition for the chance to participate in a unique and inspirational Annual Programme of training and performance projects. Current members of the choir re-audition annually to retain their place.


WHAT IS IT? 

The National Youth Choir is the flagship choir of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) and is home to some of the best young singers in the world aged 18 - 25.


WHO IS IT FOR? 

It is open to talented singers aged 18-22 (age 25 for current members) and we encourage individuals from all backgrounds across the UK. We particularly encourage and support young people who are currently underrepresented in choral music, including young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people and those from lower-income families.


ELIGIBILITY

Our choirs are age-specific; so for example those auditioning for the National Youth Choir in 2021/22 are aged 18 on 31st August 2022 to age 22 on 31st August 2023 (to age 25 for current NYC members).

Download Age Guidance

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). 


COMMITMENT

Members are expected to commit to all the National Youth Choir Annual Programme projects and must re-audition at the end of each year to participate in the next year’s Annual Programme. Any N/As (not available) will be considered on a case by case basis considering exceptional circumstances only. Check you can attend all the project dates by viewing the Annual Programme Guide below. 


WHERE AND WHEN ARE AUDITIONS? 

Auditions for National Youth Choir's Annual Programme happen annually and are next taking place in May 2022. This years’ auditions will take place online via Zoom. Visit our Auditions pages for more information


WHEN DOES THE NYC ANNUAL PROGRAMME MEET? 

The Annual Programme is a year-round schedule of projects unique to NYC. Whereas other NYCGB choirs meet up to twice a year, NYC meets at least four times a year, opening up many more training and performance opportunities at the highest level. 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 THE NYC ANNUAL PROGRAMME 2022/23:

Message from Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Ben Parry:

We’re thrilled to be back with a full programme of courses, concerts and workshops, as well as continuing some of the very popular online projects we’ve introduced over the last two years. It’s a particularly exciting time as we approach our 40th anniversary year and we’re going to celebrate in style with an inspiring mix of performances, newly commissioned music, recordings and special events. We’d love you to come and join us and help celebrate being the most exciting programme for young singers in the UK.


HOW MUCH DOES THE ANNUAL PROGRAMME COST? 

If you’re new to NYCGB, you’ll need to pay a one-off Membership Fee of £90. 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 2021.22

NYC Annual Programme Uniform Guide 


NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL PROGRAMME PROJECT DATES 2022 - 23

Project One: Discovery Weekend, Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September, Royal Academy of Music, London

Project Two: Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, Thursday 15th – Saturday 24th December, London

Project Three: Spring Residential, Thursday 6th - Tuesday 11th April 2023, Venue TBC, London

Project Four: Summer Residential, July/August 2023 (10 days), Venue TBC

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NYC AUDITIONS VISIT:

NYC Auditions overview

How it works (booking)

How to prepare

Date and locations 

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QUESTIONS? 

If you have any questions about the auditions for the National Youth Choir, please contact Ben Noble between 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

Tel: 0191 383 7334 or email: [email protected]