The National Youth Training Choir in concert, Tonbridge, August 2016. Image: NYCGB


The National Youth Training Choir sits at the heart of NYCGB and provides a training ground for singers to develop their vocal and musicianship skills in diverse and demanding repertoire. We welcome talented first-time members as well as graduates of our junior choirs.


  • You can audition for the National Youth Training Choir from school year 9 and sing with us until the end of school year 13. Need help? Check our school years table:

  • Members participate in up to two residential courses a year full of full of music, learning and skills and social activities and down time, together with 100-150 talented singers of your age.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff, and the opportunity to work with guest artists and other ensembles.
  • Sessions on vocal development and musicianship to take you to the next level, and inform your sixth form and career choices.
  • Broaden your musical horizons as you work on music from Renaissance polyphony to World traditions and develop enhanced vocal and performance techniques.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Perth Concert Hall and Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.
  • Once you're 18, take it to the next level with an audition upwards for NYCGB's flagship National Youth Choir.

What we sing

National Youth Training Choir will introduce you to repertoire from all periods, genres and cultures. We often collaborate with guest artists and recent projects have included work with electronic music guru Goldie, extended vocal techniques artist Shlomo, and Tarang percussion ensemble. 

We develop your musicianship through our teaching of advanced tonal awareness and work on improving sight reading skills. As part of our residential courses we also provide Alexander Technique and vocal sessions.

Where we perform

The National Youth Training Choir performs both independently and collaboratively with other NYCGB choirs at venues around the UK. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Shlomo's She Crossed My Lost Heart at Leeds Town Hall and performances at Coventry, Truro and Lincoln Cathedrals, and participation in NYCGB's first-ever music video, a holi-powered rendition of the Bollywood hit Balleilakka.