Photography: Ben Tomlin

The National Youth Choir (9-15 Years) for female and non-binary singers is divided into junior and senior sections which rehearse and perform both independently and together on shared residential courses.

We passionately believe that choral singing is for everyone and strongly encourage all talented young singers from all backgrounds and musical styles to audition. As a member you’ll have the best choral training possible including unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music, performance, recording, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. You’ll sing alongside the most gifted young singers in the UK, developing your skills to the highest level, and making life-long friends.

National Youth Choir (Ages 9-15) - Female & Non-Binary

You can audition for the National Youth Choir (9-15 Years) - Female & Non-Binary from school year 5 (England & Wales), primary 5 (Scotland) and primary 6 (Northern Ireland). You can stay with us until the end of school year 10 (England & Wales), S3 (Scotland) and year 11 (Northern Ireland). 

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  • Take part in up to two amazing residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities, social activities, together with 100-150 great young singers of your age. Find out more about the commitment here.
  • Inspiring and friendly conductors, teachers and pastoral staff to guide your vocal and musical development, and to look after you.
  • Inspiring concerts around the UK in venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall & Sage Gateshead, performing everything from traditional choral music to brand new pieces.
  • From school year 11 you can audition for the National Youth Choir (15-18 Years)

Although a single ensemble, we divide the National Youth Choir (9-15 Years) - Female & Non-Binary into junior and senior sections. This means that we can train both groups in a more focused way, whilst also allowing juniors and seniors to rehearse and perform together in a supportive learning environment.

What we sing

We select our diverse repertoire to make sure that everyone, regardless of age or musical background, has a rewarding challenge as part of the National Youth Choir (9-15 Years) - Female & Non-Binary. The pieces we sing are varied and will challenge singers of all levels of experience in different ways. Our repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles to help singers develop musical literacy and awareness. The music can be set to texts in foreign languages. Concert music is often memorised for performance without copies, and selected pieces may involve choreography or stage movement. We include musicianship sessions on our courses to build and reinforce your pitching and rhythm.

Where we perform

The National Youth Choir (9-15 Years) performs both independently and collaboratively with other National Youth Choir ensembles and programmes at venues around the UK. Recent highlights include the world premiere of A short story of falling by Joanna Marsh plus special digital commissions Just Being ME  by Ben Parry and Open Your Mind with SK Shlomo. Previous highlights include appearances at Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival, world premieres of music by Jonathan Dove and Kerry Andrew, plus a music video shoot in the Yorkshire Dales!

Financial assistance is available. Click for Financial Assistance Information.

For further information contact Amanda Wood 0191 383 7355, [email protected]