"This is a truly exceptional programme to support outstandingly talented young singers and choral leaders. The guidance and opportunities you will receive are without par."

Lynne Dawson, Head of School of Vocal Studies and Opera, Royal Northern College of Music

Running since 2015, the National Youth Choir Fellowship Programme is an outstanding full-year development programme for emerging young professional choral leaders. The National Youth Choir provides the Fellows with a comprehensive all-round offer and opportunities, with strands of activity focussing on these areas of development - Career, Educators, Performers and Leaders.

The National Youth Choir is striving to build an inclusive community and we want to help achieve meaningful and balanced representation in choral leadership. To this end, we strongly encourage young people of Black, Asian & ethnically diverse backgrounds to apply for this programme. We also welcome applications from disabled people as well as those from lower income households. The National Youth Choir Fellowship is a free training programme and expenses are covered by the National Youth Choir.

The Fellowship programme is for ambitious and creative individuals who not only want to become part of the professional choral network, but also to shape and reinvest in it. There is no other training programme in the UK that offers young people aged 20-27 a comparable range of experiences and opportunities.

Fellows have the unique opportunity to develop a portfolio of professional opportunities and skills. This will include observing, mentoring and working with staff and members across the range of our choirs, as well as being part of our Learning & Engagement programme. Fellows also work closely alongside our Young Composers. The aspiration of the programme is for Fellows to be engaged with professional opportunities following on from their Fellowship year. 

The Fellowship have performed at high-profile venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Saffron Hall, Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Snape Maltings and the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. Recent performance highlights include the National Youth Choir Celebrate! concert at Royal Albert Hall and the London Handel Festival. Fellows have been part of numerous recordings and broadcasts; including for the BBC (radio and television), DCINY at Abbey Road Studios, Heart Radio and a nationally televised appearance from Amiens Cathedral in France in the presence of HRH Prince William and other dignitaries to mark the end of World War 1.

Professional record label NMC Recordings annually releases music recorded by the Fellowship written by National Youth Choir Young Composers, in addition to releases by the Fellowship on National Youth Choir's own digital label. The Fellowship are mentored by the National Youth Choir creative team and work with National Youth Choir partners including AOTOS, Dorico and Stainer & Bell. Masterclasses with guest artists and industry professionals have included Dame Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams, Jacob Collier, David Clegg and professional groups such as The Swingles, VOCES8 and The Tallis Scholars.

The Fellows also take part in workshops and performances as part of National Youth Choir's Learning & Engagement programme, working with schools and music education hubs across the country.

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