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.

As soon as one course ends, I'm already looking forward to the next. I never want the courses to end! - Carys

At a glance
  • You can audition for the National Youth Girls' Choir from school year 6 and stay with us until the end of school year 10. Need help? Check our school year table: NYCGB_School_Year_Table.pdf
  • From school year 9 you can audition to move up early to the National Youth Training Choir.
  • Two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities, social activities, together with 100-150 great young singers of your age.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff.
  • Teaching to guide your vocal progress and develop your musicianship.
  • A huge range of music of all styles to sing, from traditional choral repertoire to brand-new music.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall & Sage Gateshead.
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What we do

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 focussed way, whilst rehearsing and performing together on the shared residential courses.

At the same time, junior and senior girls can work with each other 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 in the Royal Festival Hall, the world premiere of Steve Goss's Songs of the Solar System in Coventry Cathedral, and contributions to NYCGB's critically-acclaimed recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten.