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 across diverse and demanding repertoire. We welcome talented first-time members as well as graduates of our junior choirs.

Being able to fit in so easily, among people who are equally skilled at singing was wonderful. - Ben

At a glance
  • 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 year table: NYCGB_School_Year_Table.pdf
  • Split into Training Choir North & Training Choir South.
  • From school year 12 you can audition to move up early to the National Youth 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, 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.
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Taking it to the next level

Whether you're joining us from one of our junior choirs or as a talented first-time member, all new members of the National Youth Training Choir come to us with high levels of vocal talent and musicianship. We will challenge you with advanced repertoire in a wide range of styles and genres.

After the National Youth Training Choir some singers will go on to join the National Youth Choir, whilst for others it establishes foundations for further musical study and engagement at school, university and beyond.

What we sing

In the National Youth Training Choir we like to 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 a two-year, four-concert folk music collaboration with musicians from the award-winning Crioch Quartet.

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, as well as contributions to NYCGB's critically-acclaimed recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten.