The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, August 2016. Image: Matthew Jolly

100 of the best young voices in the UK come together to form the National Youth Choir, NYCGB's flagship ensemble, recognised as one of the greatest youth choirs in the world. All members prove their ongoing development and commitment through annual re-auditions.

Making top-class music with the best, and craziest, bunch of people in the world. NYC is a massive and hugely uplifting family. - Hannah

At a glance
  • You can audition for the National Youth Choir from school year 12 and sing with us until the academic year in which you turn 22. Not sure? Check our school year table: NYCGB_School_Year_Table.pdf
  • Members re-audition annually to keep their place in the National Youth Choir.
  • Two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities, social activities, together with 100 great young singers of your age.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff, and the opportunity to work with guest artists and other ensembles.
  • Advanced tuition and workshops, and pathways to further music study at university or music college.
  • The chance to develop leadership skills as a section leader.
  • Experience recording sessions, and radio and TV broadcasts.
  • Nationally significant concert opportunities as part of series like the BBC Proms and the Snape Proms.
  • International tours every three years.
  • The opportunity to be selected to sing with the National Youth Chamber Choir.

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What we do

Whether you're joining us from the National Youth Training Choir or coming to us as an exceptionally talented first-time member, we expect all new members of the National Youth Choir to demonstrate the highest levels of vocal accomplishment and advanced musicianship skills. Many are already enrolled on higher education music programmes or are beginning their professional careers.

A key part of the experience in the National Youth Choir is our Young Leadership Programme, which gives substantial responsibility for rehearsals and mentoring to the section leaders within the choir.

Where we perform

The National Youth Choir performs regularly in high-calibre events such as the BBC Proms and Snape Proms and at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall. We tour internationally every three to four years, and make frequent recordings and broadcasts.

We perform large-scale classics from the choral repertoire - Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers - as well as making a significant place in our programmes for world premieres of new music, much of it commissioned by NYCGB.

A platform for success

Membership of the National Youth Choir sets up members for a lifetime's involvement with singing. Since 1983, NYCGB alumni have included Royal Opera House and English National Opera principals and chorus members, members of the King's Singers, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The Swingle Singers, G4, The Opera Babes, Blake, The Choirboys, All Angels, Voces8 and successful solo artists in every genre.

Other members develop their choral passion as conductors and educators; NYCGB alumni presently conduct scores of choirs throughout the UK, (many of them newly-created) and educate the next generation of singers as school teachers, music hub vocal leads and singing tutors. Even those alumni who are not primarily engaged in singing routinely act as vital community advocates, supporting their local choral activity financially and musically, signposting NYCGB and other choral opportunities to talented young singers.