Booking an Audition for the National Youth Choir 

Booking Opens 4pm, Tuesday 31 March 

Please note this information relates to booking an audition for the National Youth Choir only (ages 18-25). Details of how to book an audition for the National Youth Boys', Girls' or Training Choirs will be announced in summer.  

Given the uncertainty around the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering all National Youth Choir auditions this year by Zoom, so you can audition online from the safety of your own home. 

To book an audition, you will need a ‘My NYCGB’ account. If you have previously been a member of NYCGB, but are not a current National Youth Choir member, please login into your ‘My NYCGB’ account to book your audition slot. If you are a new candidate, you'll need to create an account. You can do this by clicking ‘register’ and following the instructions on screen. (Please be careful to note, if you are under 18 at the time of the audition, your parent/guardian will need to create the ‘My NYCGB’ account by ticking ‘candidate under 18’.) 

Once booking has opened, you can book an audition slot through your ‘My NYCGB’ account, choosing from a range of date and time slots. These are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you have difficulty in finding a slot to suit your needs, please contact: [email protected] 

  • Log on to your ‘My NYCGB’ account by clicking here or clicking on the ‘My NYCGB’ purple box at the top right-hand corner of this page. 
  • Once logged in, click on the Auditions section on the left-hand side. 
  • Select the audition slot you would like. Only available time slots will be visible. 
  • Please complete all the required information to complete your booking and make your payment of £15. 
  • You will receive a confirmation email for your audition booking. Please check your junk email if you have not received this. 
  • If you have forgotten your password, you can click on forgotten password to re-set it. This will send you an email to your registered email account. Please follow the instructions in the email and log back on. 

Current National Youth Choir members are automatically offered a place in 2020/21 and are not required to re-audition. All current Training Choir members who wish to move up to the National Youth Choir are required to book an external audition.  

What Happens at an Audition? 

We want to assess your current ability, and we are also looking to see your potential, readiness to learn and enthusiasm. We want all singers to do their best and be their best! 

  • You will receive a ‘Zoom’ invitation via the registered email address on the My NYCGB account. This will include a link to log onto Zoomthe meeting ID and password. 
  • Before your audition please read the following guidelines on how to use Zoom: Click here
  • Please log onto Zoom and join the meeting 5 minutes prior to your audition slot, where you will be greeted by the administrator.   
  • Please warm-up before your audition and have a glass of water and your sheet music to hand.  
  • The administrator will grant you access into the audition room once the panel is ready. 
  • Ben Parry, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Youth Choir, will be the Head Panellist at all National Youth Choir auditions, together with a second panellist who is either one of our singing teachers or another conductor. They'll lead you through the audition so you'll always know what to do next. The panellists want you to feel confident and at ease, and they will always be polite and friendly to you. 
  • Your audition will last around 15 minutes in total. 
  • To see more information on what to prepare click here.  
  • Once you have completed your audition, you can click on the ‘leave meeting’ button on the bottom right hand side of the screen. 
  • Get Your Results 

We email results once all auditions have taken place. If successful, you'll be asked to accept your place in the National Youth Choir. We will also send you instructions about how to accept your place and, if you're new to NYCGB, pay your one-off Membership Fee of £88. 

Find out more about how it works

Find out more about dates & times

Questions? 

If you have any questions about the auditions for the National Youth Choir, please contact Elizabeth Curwen between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday: 0191 383 7334,  [email protected]   

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