Founded in 1983 as a single choir made up of 100 of the best young singers in Great Britain, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain has grown from strength to strength. Today, NYCGB consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25.
Unrivalled in the UK, NYCGB aims to nurture exceptional young musical talent, and in 2015 took this education to a new level by introducing the Fellowship Programme. A year-long professional scheme, the Fellowship offers a platform for 8 singers between the ages of 22 and 25, essential training in ensemble singing to launch them into a professional and successful career in choral music.
The Fellowship octet alongside 16 auditioned senior members from within the NYC, forms the National Youth Chamber Choir. Constantly active, the NYCC perform a wide range of engagements in the UK and internationally as well as spending time in the recording studio. An aspirational step for members of the organisation, the Chamber Choir offers its singers a springboard to further professional development.
In addition to the Chamber Choir, the Youth Boy’s, Youth Girl’s and the Youth Training Choirs, the National Youth Choir remains its flagship ensemble and is recognised as one of the pre-eminent choirs of its kind in the world.
Read an insightful Q&A with NYCGB Artistic Director Ben Parry.
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