Applications for the 2021 NYCGB Fellowship have now closed


NYCGB Fellowship is an outstanding full-year development programme for four emerging young professional choral leaders.


January 2021 – January 2022

The NYCGB Fellowship will engage in an annual programme of performance, training, delivery and personal development. The 2021 Fellowship will first meet for the Introduction Weekend in January 2021 alongside NYCGB Young Composers. They will then come together throughout the year, culminating in the NYCGB Annual Showcase at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2022. 

For further details of the 2021 programme, click here to download the schedule. 


The programme invites applications from outstanding young choral musicians who want to develop their skills as performers, educators, leaders and professionals.

Applicants must be aged 20+ on 1st September 2020 and under 28 on 31st August 2021.

It is open to applicants who will be resident in the UK for the duration of the programme and who are eligible to train/work in the UK.

The NYCGB Fellowship programme is fully open to those who have not previously been an NYCGB member as well as those who are current or previous members. We are keen to encourage applications from individuals from a broad range of backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from those who are currently underrepresented in choral leadership, including people of colour, disabled people and those from low socio-economic households.

In order to fully participate in this programme and experience its full benefits, applicants should not be in full-time formal education during the course of the programme. We would consider studying on a full-time degree or other higher education programme to be full-time formal education. We recognise that some education, for example a programme of research-based study may be organised on a part-time or more flexible basis, and if someone is taking part in this type of programme and can commit to the schedule of NYCGB Fellowship activities, they would be eligible to apply.

We will prioritise candidates who we think are at the right point in their development for the scheme to provide most benefit.  

If you have any questions about the programme including around your eligibility to apply, you can contact us at any time by emailing: [email protected]


NYCGB Fellowship programme is a free training programme. Travel expenses for all activities within the Fellowship programme will be covered by NYCGB and some engagements may attract a fee.


Applications open on Wednesday 16th September 2020, 9:00am.  There is no fee to apply.

Candidates must complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form. Then submit together along with a recent headshot and video footage of them singing (solo, accompanied or unaccompanied) by 5:00pm on Friday 16th October  2020 (closing date for applications) to [email protected].

In addition, we would be really interested to see any video footage of you in a music leadership position or role. This does not need to be a polished performance, what we want to see is you leading a music session, rehearsal, workshop, concert, gig or similar and to explore your conducting, teaching and facilitating experience. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend auditions on either Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th October in central London. Applicants that are unable attend an in-person audition (due to ongoing COVID-19 or travel restrictions) will be offered an online interview over Zoom. Venue (or Zoom) details will be provided to shortlisted candidates along with their invitation to audition. Results will be communicated to all applicants during the week commencing 26th October.

Click here to download the Application Form

Click here to download the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

If you have any questions about the programme including around your eligibility to apply, you can contact us at any time by emailing: [email protected]


NYCGB will provide the four Fellows with a comprehensive all-round offer and opportunities, with strands of activity that will develop Fellows in these areas: Career, Educators, Performers and Leaders.   

  • CAREER: To assist emerging choral professionals with the skills, networks and opportunities to develop and launch their portfolio careers.
  • EDUCATORS: To develop confident future leaders who have the educational skills and ability to deliver high quality training to a broad range of abilities and ages.
  • PERFORMERS: To develop confident performers who have the skills and ability to lead and inspire with choral excellence across a broad range of choral activities and ages.
  • LEADERS: To cultivate choral leaders who will help define and re-shape the choral landscape for the future.

The Fellowship Programme is for ambitious and creative individuals who not only want to become part of the professional choral network, but also to shape and reinvest in it. There is no other training programme in the UK that offers young people aged 20-27 a comparable range of experiences and opportunities.


The NYCGB Fellowship will focus on nurturing young choral leaders and has a close alignment with the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme. The four Fellows, who will be emerging young professionals, will engage in an annual programme delivered in four stages:

  • Discovery
  • Exploration
  • Realisation
  • Future

The four fellows will have the unique opportunity to develop a portfolio of professional opportunities and skills. This will include observing, mentoring and working with NYCGB staff and members across the range of our choirs (Girls’ Choir, Boys’ Choir, Training Choir and National Youth Choir) as well as being part of our Learning & Engagement programme.

In addition, the NYCGB Fellowship will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform as a standalone NYCGB Fellowship Ensemble. There is also the flexibility to augment this non-conducted ensemble with previous Fellows or National Youth Choir Section Leaders when required.
  • Form the core part of the National Youth Chamber Choir with a vocal leadership role within the choir. The choir meet and perform throughout the year for exciting additional performances and opportunities.
  • Be working closely with our NYCGB Young Composers 2021, building on the success of 2019-2020 collaborations. This will include commissions written for the Fellowship and professional recordings and releases of the works on NMC Recordings.

The aspiration of the programme is for Fellows to be engaged with professional NYCGB opportunities following on from their Fellowship year, on the understanding that they have completed all the stages of the programme, gained the required skills/attributes and shown aptitude for these roles. 

The NYCGB Fellowship will not automatically form a part of the National Youth Choir Annual Programme as in previous years. However, the Fellowship will join National Youth Choir, by invitation, for certain activities, residentials and performances in their Fellowship role. 

For further details of the 2021 programme, click here to download the schedule. 


If you are successful, we will invite you to accept your place in the 2021 NYCGB Fellowship. If you are invited to join the Fellowship Programme 2021-22, you must commit to the full scheduled programme of activities as advertised. We will be happy to discuss particular circumstances and clashes with you if these are pre-existing/known at the time of application. We will always be understanding of any unexpected circumstances which may arise during your membership of the programme.


You may re-apply for the Fellowship in the following year as long as you still meet the criteria (see ‘Who Can Apply?’).

Click here to visit the Fellowship Introduction Page 

The NYCGB Fellowship Programme is supported by Principal Programme Supporter ABRSM with additional generous support from the Ofenheim Trust and Idlewild Trust, and by programme partners Making Music and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing).