Members of the National Youth Girls' Choir in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, April 2016. Image: Belinda Lawley

The National Youth Girls' Choir is divided into junior and senior sections which rehearse and perform both independently and together on shared residential courses.

We passionately believe that choral singing is for everyone and strongly encourage all talented young singers from all backgrounds and musical styles to audition. As a member you’ll have the best choral training possible including unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music, performance, recording, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. You’ll sing alongside the most gifted young singers in the UK, developing your skills to the highest level, and making life-long friends.

National Youth Girls' Choir (Ages 9-15)

You can audition for the National Youth Girls' Choir from school year 5 (England & Wales), primary 5 (Scotland) and primary 6 (Northern Ireland). You can stay with us until the end of school year 10 (England & Wales), S3 (Scotland) and year 11 (Northern Ireland). 

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  • Take part in up to two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities, social activities, together with 100-150 great young singers of your age. Find out more about the commitment here.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff to guide your vocal and musical development, and to look after you.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall & Sage Gateshead, performing everything from traditional choral music to brand new pieces.

Although a single ensemble, we divide the National Youth Girls' Choir into junior and senior sections. This means that we can train both groups in a more focused way, whilst also allowing juniors and seniors to rehearse and perform together in a supportive learning environment.

What we sing

We select our diverse repertoire to make sure that everyone, regardless of age or musical background, has a rewarding challenge as part of the National Youth Girls' Choir.

Artistic standards are high, and the National Youth Girls' Choir routinely performs demanding repertoire, including recent world premieres of music by Jonathan Dove and Nico Muhly. Concert music is often memorised for performance without copies, and selected pieces may involve choreography or stage movement.

We include musicianship sessions on our courses to build and reinforce your pitching and rhythm.

Where we perform

The National Youth Girls' Choir performs both independently and collaboratively with other NYCGB choirs at venues around the UK. Recent highlights include appearances at Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival, world premieres of music by Steve Goss, Jonathan Dove, Kerry Andrew and Vikki Stone, and a music video shoot in the Yorkshire Dales!


Summer 2021 Update

Updated 23 June 2021

Following the Government’s recent announcements, we are delighted that we are now in a position to begin to re-establish in-person activity again with all our choir members this summer. Residential courses are now permitted to go ahead, allowing children to attend in consistent groups (bubbles) of up to 30.

The safety, wellbeing and happiness of our members and staff remains our number one priority. We are proud of our reputation for excellent musical and pastoral experiences and we will be doing all we can to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 transmission and ensure that singers have a safe and enjoyable experience with NYCGB this summer. As the restrictions ease further, we plan a return to public performances for our Girls’, Boys’ and Training Choirs in 2022.

We have contacted all parents/carers direct by email with more detailed information regarding these plans.

Summer Courses

Summer 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations

Girls' Choir A*: Reading, Berkshire; Monday 9th – Friday 13th August 

Girls' Choir B*: Fleetwood, Lancashire; Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st August 

*Girls' Choir members can choose to book one of two summer courses, shown above as A and B, regardless of where they live.

2021 Residential Course Fees 

Girls' Choir - £600 per course 

Members are asked to attend at least one residential course each year.

Financial assistance is available. Click for Financial Assistance Information. 

For further information contact Amanda Wood 0191 383 7355 [email protected]


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