‘They are of a phenomenally high, world-class standard and act as a springboard for the country’s most gifted and versatile young singers’. Howard Goodall, National Ambassador for Singing
Established in 1983, The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is renowned for its standards in the education and training of young singers and the main choir – the National Youth Choir - is firmly recognised as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.
Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best singers in the nation, NYCGB now provides the widest musical experiences for over 750 young people aged 8-26. The educational structure comprises four Junior Choirs which provide opportunities for girls to audition from the age of 11 and boys from the age of 8, two Training Choirs for singers aged 13-18, the National Youth Choir itself for singers aged 16-22 and the world-renowned chamber choir, Laudibus.
Through its core programme of activities, NYCGB provides the experience of a lifetime for its members, working alongside distinguished conductors and choirs such as John Rutter CBE, Sir David Willcocks, Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Eric Whitacre, the King Singers and NYCGB’s Honorary Musical Director, Mike Brewer OBE.
The 12 residential courses that form the backbone of the annual activity include intensive rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship, all of which take place in an environment that develops both teamwork and leadership. The courses aim to develop performance skills at the highest level, challenging young singers to embrace a vast repertoire and develop a flexible and creative approach to musical performance. NYCGB also operates a programme of tuition for student conductors and vocal workshops led by guest specialists, all selected for their expertise in the field of choral training.
It is NYCGB’s aim that no-one should be deterred from applying to join because of financial hardship; ability alone dictates entrance to the choirs. Of the 750 members that make up NYCGB there are many students who for a number of reasons cannot afford the fees. The Trust’s bursary will provide support for 18 members of the National Youth Choir and 8 members of the Junior Choirs.