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!


Booking for 2021 courses is NOT open.  We are currently planning to offer Girls' Choir members the opportunity to attend residential courses in 2021.  We continue to pay close attention to advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and will only run residential courses if this can be done safely and in line with Government guidance.  Details of how to book residential courses will be emailed early next year once up-to-date guidance has been taken into account.  If residential courses cannot take place, we will offer our members alternative activities.  

For full information about what will happen if residential courses cannot go ahead, please see the email sent to the parents/guardians of all members on Wednesday 2nd December from [email protected]

 Provisional dates and locations are:

Spring Course: Banbury, Oxfordshire; Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th April 

Summer Course: Fleetwood, Lancashire; Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st August 

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

2021 Girls' Choir residential courses cost £600 each. Financial assistance is available and the deadline for applications is 9am on Thursday 17th December. For information about how to apply for financial assistance, please see the email sent to the parents/guardians of all members on Wednesday 2nd December from [email protected]

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

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