Seeking new Trustees to help us thrive and grow

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are seeking up to three Trustees to support this outstanding national youth music organisation in continuing to thrive and grow. Trustees must have a commitment to, and passion for excellence in music and for music in the education and well-being of all young people regardless of background or circumstance.

Applications are particularly welcome from Trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Safeguarding
  • Education and participation
  • Governance and regulatory matters
  • Fundraising and development
  • Financial or legal acumen

We are keen to ensure the diversity of our Board and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, and from across the UK.

Trustees should have the time and commitment to attend four Board meetings a year, normally held in London, and to support the organisation less formally throughout the year as appropriate. Trustees will be expected to be ambassadors for NYCGB and choral music, supporting the organisation’s ongoing development of its profile and networks of young people, audiences and supporters.

NYCGB (Artistic Director Ben Parry, Chief Executive Anne Besford) inspires and empowers young people through the life-changing experience of singing together. Our five choirs - the National Youth Girls’ Choir, National Youth Boys’ Choir, National Youth Training Choir, the flagship National Youth Choir and National Youth Chamber Choir - have a membership of over 750 of the best young singers aged 9 to 25 from across the UK. Through our residential courses and special projects, we provide our young people with unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music and performance, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. Our choirs regularly give high profile performances at venues and festivals such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Edinburgh Festival, Snape Proms and the BBC Proms (including the first night of the Proms in 2018). The National Youth Choir is also invited to perform at events of national significance such as the 100th anniversary commemorations of WWI at Amiens in 2018 to an audience including HRH the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister. High profile international artists NYCGB has worked with include Daniel Barenboim and Kylie Minogue.

NYCGB also supports the development of emerging young professionals through our Fellowship programme for future choral leaders and performers and our new young composers scheme. An emerging conductors scheme is also in development. We believe that all young people should be able to take part in high-quality singing and a major and growing strand of NYCGB’s work is our learning and engagement programme, including our Widening Access and Engagement initiative. We work with regional music education hubs, schools and partner organisations including regional choirs and venues to encourage more and more young people to sing together.

For initial expressions of interest or applications please email the Chair of Trustees (Professor Chris Higgins) at [email protected]