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

Image: Ben Tomlin Photography


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 2021 to age 22 on 31st August 2022 (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 June 2021. 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 2021/22:

Message from Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Ben Parry:

Despite the huge disappointments we have all experienced over the past year, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain continues to celebrate all that’s brilliant about being the UK’s national choral team! We have adapted to new ways of working with our online projects, including sessions with some exceptional musicians from across the world, as well as interactive workshops, presentations and recordings. We are forging ahead with exciting plans for the coming year, including an inspiring new commission with international vocal group The Swingles on the theme of environment, as well as recording and performance opportunities throughout the year. Come and join 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 2020.21

Annual Programme Guide 2021.22

NYC Annual Programme Uniform Guide 


NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL PROGRAMME 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 - Messiah Re-Imagined, London, Recording & Online event 

Project Five: Summer Residential, Friday 16th - Saturday 31st July (outside dates) - 150th Anniversary Concert Royal Albert Hall 19th July 2021 LINK Three Choirs Festival Concert 31st July 2021 LINK


NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL PROGRAMME PROJECT DATES 2021 - 22

Project One: Discovery Weekend, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September, London

Project Two: Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, Saturday 17th – Friday 24th December, London

Project Three: Saturday 2nd – Spring Residential, Sunday 10th April 2022, Venue TBC (Outside dates)

Project Four: Summer Residential, July/August 2022, (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 

If you haven't already done so, why not  sign up  to our mailing list? That way you'll be guaranteed to receive updates and information on the next round of auditions as soon as they're published. 


QUESTIONS? 

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

Tel: 0191 383 7334 or 07902 810784 or email: [email protected]   

 

 


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