The National Youth Training Choir at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, August 2018. 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 Boys' and Girls' Choirs.

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 Training Choir (Ages 15-18)

You can audition for the National Youth Training Choir from school year 11 (England & Wales), S4 (Scotland) and year 12 (Northern Ireland) and sing with us until the end of school year 13 (England & Wales), S6 (Scotland) and year 14 (Northern Ireland).

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  • 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. Find out more about the commitment here.
  • 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.
  • In the Academic Year you turn 18 (on or before the 31st August), you can take it to the next level with an audition for National Youth Choir.

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.

Courses

Booking for 2021 courses is NOT open.  We are currently planning to offer Training 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]

Training Choir members can attend the spring course and/or one of two summer courses.  Members can choose whichever date or location suits them best. 

Provisional dates and locations are:

Spring Course: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire; Sunday 4th – Sunday 11th April 

Summer Course A: (information will be uploaded as soon as possible)

Summer Course B: Framlingham, Suffolk; Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd August 

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

2021 Training Choir residential courses cost £855 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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