National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) inspires and empowers young people throughout the UK with the life-changing experience of singing together. NYCGB is a national champion for youth choral music, standing for artistic excellence, creative diversity, and openness and relevance to all.
Originally founded in 1983 as a single ensemble of 100 singers, NYCGB now comprises five choirs of over 800 young people aged 9-25. The choirs meet in the holidays for residential training courses offering intensive rehearsal experience, musicianship training, and individual and group coaching. Recent performance highlights include the BBC Proms, Snape Proms, City of London Festival, Durham BRASS, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Malta International Choral Festival, the American Choral Directors’ Association Conference, the National Youth Choir’s 2016 tour of China and Hong Kong, the Association of British Choral Directors’ Convention, the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Concert and a viral music video production of A.R. Rahman’s ‘Balleilakka’.
NYCGB regularly broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM and records for NYCGB’s own digital record label. NYCGB enriches the choral tradition with commissions from leading composers through its New Music Programme. Recent commissions include new works by Jonathan Dove, Roxanna Panufnik, Vikki Stone, Errollyn Wallen, Janet Wheeler and Kerry Andrew. Nationally, NYCGB works with Music Education Hubs and other partners to support increased access to singing opportunities for young people regardless of background or circumstance. Learning and engagement programmes include delivery of partnership projects in Nottinghamshire, the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cornwall, and provision of workshops for young people and vocal leaders. A growing programme of on-demand activity supplements this strategic work. In 2019, NYCGB will offer more than 40 open activities to non-members, reaching more than 4,000 young people and adults.