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.


Spring activities are moving online! 

Given the current advice, and the future outlook in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to make the difficult decision that it is not possible to hold residential courses this spring. Our Girls’, Boys’ and Training Choir spring online activity for 2021 will be offered safely and securely via the Zoom platform. 

This exciting activity will incorporate NYCGB’s trademark high-quality activity, to take young singers’ skills and experience to the next level.  Including music rehearsals, vocal technique sessions, workshops with special guests, musicianship and social activities.  All activity is developed by our Principal Conductors and run by our specialist team of world-class choral professionals.  It builds on our successful 2020 online programmes, taking feedback from participants and parents/guardians into account. 

Spring Dates 

The spring online activity will run from Monday 5th to Friday 9th April.

Programme times are as follows on most days with some variations:

Training Choir: 10am - 5pm

There will also be a meeting for new NYCGB members and parents/guardians ahead of the first day and some optional evening events.  The activity will culminate on the Friday evening with all choir members coming together to share what they’ve produced and siblings, parents, guardians will be encouraged to join in the fun!

Spring Activity Booking opens as follows:

Training Choir:   9am on Wednesday 10th February.

There is no limit to the number of places, however booking closes on Thursday 25th February. 

Spring Course Fees and Financial Assistance

Spring Fees are as follows:

Training Choir: £200

If you applied for financial assistance by the deadline, we’ll email you with the outcome of your application; please remember to check your junk items.

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Summer Courses

We’re still hopeful that we can offer the option to attend a residential course in the summer and details will be emailed as soon as a decision is possible.

Summer 2021 Residential Course Dates & Locations

Training Choir A*: (information will be updated as soon as possible)

Training Choir B*: Framlingham, Suffolk; Sunday 15th – Sunday 22nd August 

*Training Choir members can choose to book one of two summer courses, shown above as A and B, regardless of where they live.

2021 Residential Course Fees 

Training Choir - £855 per course

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

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

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