Course contact information
We've added course contact information for the spring 2014 residential courses here:
Videos of our choirs
Find out more about NYCGB with these videos of our singers and conductors in action. There's a conducting workshop with members of Training Choir South, a recording session with the Girls' Choirs and an introduction to the Chamber Choir. Don't forget to adjust your sound settings so that you can hear the singing!
May Auditions: Boys' Choir
We're seeking boy trebles from school years 5-10 to join the NYCGB Boys' Choir starting in summer 2014. There are two days of auditions this May, Tuesday 13 (Kensington, London) and Thursday 22 (York). Apply for your audition now, or help us to find outstanding trebles by sharing the links below!
Don't forget, we offer financial assistance which anyone can apply for. All our courses are subsidised, but additional financial assistance is available to help outstanding singers who would otherwise not be join in.
Book now for April concerts
Tickets are now on sale for our concerts in Birmingham (Friday 18 April) and Leeds (Saturday 19 April).
On Friday 18 April, our two training choirs (singers aged 14-18) present a joint concert, Shadow Dancing. The first half features traditional seasonal music for Good Friday including some exceptional settings of the Tenebrae Responses. The second half explores contemporary non-classical idioms including gospel and beatboxing - with a brand new work developed at a workshop with the choir by the evening's guest artist, beatboxing legend Shlomo.
On Saturday 19 April, the National Youth Choir (singers aged 16-22) sings Songs of Farewell. Three key pieces of music explore departure and loss in a number of scenarios, beginning with James MacMillan's Cantos Sagrados, written in response to poetry about the fate of political prisoners in South America. Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb uses poetry by Christopher Smart, in whose ecstatic outpourings departure from sense was not far away. The third key work gives our programme its name: Stanford's Songs of Farewell were written in the last two years of his life, in a world devastaed by World War I. Organist Simon Lindley joins the choir.
This performance will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast in sections across 21-25 April, after the BBC Radio 3 live evening concert.
We also have performances in Worcester Cathedral (Girls' Choirs, Wednesday 9 April, 2.30pm) and St Mary's Church, Banbury (Boys' Choir and Cambiata Voices, Tuesday 15 April, 3pm) for which tickets will be available on the door from half an hour before the concert starts.
Music samples for the concerts (this page has been created primarily for our members but we hope that audiences might find it interesting, too).
Music playlists available
If you're wondering what you'll be singing on your course this Easter - or if you are booking tickets and want to know more about what you'll hear at the concert, check out our music page for a taster of the music. Our music directors have selected some of the pieces for you to listen to in advance. We need to add that of course all performances are unique and different conductors do things in different ways, so the NYCGB performance may not be the same as the recordings here which are on Spotify.
Thank you - Alumni event
A relaxed and informal choir of alumni met at Christ Church Spitalfields on Saturday 18 January for a rehearsal and a short concert. It was fantastic to meet up with so many alumni, the singing was wonderful, and the concert was moving and entertaining. We've had some lovely feedback, and yes, we are definitely going to have another alumni event, so watch this space! A very big thank you to everyone, the singers, their families and alumni in the audience, and all those who couldn't be there but helped to publicise the event and send their support via cheery Twitter and Facebook posts.
David Bedford Education Award
NYCGB has been awarded the PRS for Music David Bedford Education Award for its new music programme in 2014.
'PRS for Music Foundation was set up in 2000 to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music throughout the UK and to ensure that this music is enjoyed by a wide audience. Over the past 10 years we have proven ourselves as a significant force in supporting pioneering musical activity in music of all genres across the UK. This is why we’re particularly delighted to support the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, who are supporting the creation and performance of new music for the UK’s future professional vocal talent.
The David Bedford Music Education Award celebrates exceptional music education projects. Previous recipients include the Jewish Music Institute, South West Music School and Music in the Round.' PRS for Music Foundation
Audition Result Letters and 2014 Course Registration Forms
Audition result letters have now been posted to all 2013 candidates. Registration forms for 2014 courses have also been posted to all current members. If you have not received your result letter, or registration forms, by Wednesday 18th December please call 0191 383 7355.
Opportunities for members
Have you checked our members' opportunities page recently? Currently there is information about the NCEM Young Composers Award and funding information that we hear of from time to time. We also post a variety of other singing opportunities that we think you'd be interested in here:
Auditions for this year have now closed. To receive NYCGB news, including details of 2014 Auditions, please sign up to our e-news bulletins here.