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The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University.
Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK’s vibrant and diverse choral tradition.
The NYCGB Vision
NYCGB’s vision is to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK.
Our goals are to:
- Discover exceptional musical talent
- Provide inspirational teaching and guidance
- Create exceptional performance opportunities
- Enthuse young people from all backgrounds in the joy of singing
- Enable outstanding cultural leadership
We aim to inspire our members through stimulating creative processes, diverse performance opportunities and through exciting encounters and collaborations.
Underpinning these goals is the aim to ensure participation and inclusivity from the widest range of young people.
How many choirs are there?
Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25:
- The National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15. Incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices.
- The National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15.
- The National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
- The National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-22.
- The National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25. Incorporating the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.
When do the choirs rehearse?
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. This means that you can still sing with your regular choir/s during the rest of the year, and at Christmas – in fact, we think regular choral singing is a really good idea.
These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop your vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.
Where do the courses take place?
We visit a number of different places in the UK for our residential courses, because our members come from all over the UK.
As a national organisation, the choirs of NYCGB perform in geographically diverse locations across the UK. Reaching people in different areas helps the organisation to join up with people involved in singing at different levels all over the country, and to find young singers who might not otherwise realise that they can apply to join in.
What happens on a residential course?
NYCGB residential courses include full and sectional rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship. Junior choirs also practice Alexander Technique with qualified practitioners.
We aim to stretch and challenge our members to develop a flexible and creative approach to performance and to help them to embrace a diverse repertoire.