Our vision

Through excellence in singing, creating music, training and support, we help young people develop the confidence and skills to realise their greatest potential. 

The National Youth Choir is the place to come to for all aspiring singers who want to be inspired, stretched, challenged and nurtured. We want to be a household name, which young people nationwide who love singing together aspire to join, from the widest range of backgrounds.

Our mission

Nurturing talent, reaching new audiences and inspiring new ambitions.

Our mission is to build a nurturing nationwide community where young people can explore a diverse range of music, enjoy singing together and share their creativity. We champion the power of singing, opening up opportunities so that more young people from all walks of life can find and use their voice. 

To achieve our mission we are:

  1. Striving for excellence in everything we do, delivering inspiring, ambitious and relevant creative and learning programmes with young people at their heart
  2. Expanding our reach, opening up opportunities for young singers and emerging professionals from all backgrounds across the UK to develop their talent and potential 
  3. Raising the public profile of the National Youth Choir, our purpose, values, and the impact of singing, increasing awareness and engagement.
  4. Developing organisational resilience, ensuring we have resources, capacity and structures to achieve ambitions and show our impact.

Our core values

Young people are the heart of our community

We focus on delivering the best possible experiences for young people and enabling them to fulfil their potential. We give a platform to young voices and empower them as co-creators to shape the National Youth Choir, so it is relevant and inspiring to them.

We’re a welcoming and safe community where everyone can belong

We create an inclusive culture of belonging, opening up access for all young people to be able to sing and to be part of the National Youth Choir, and creating a caring supportive environment where participants can flourish. Our programmes and people – participants, audiences, staff and trustees – are increasingly representative of our national community.

We aspire to achieve excellence across everything we do

Creative excellence is central to our culture. For us this means providing inspiring learning experiences and the best possible care as well as delivering excellent creative outputs and supporting young people to fulfil their musical potential. We develop and share sector-leading practice and approaches and strive to become even better by reflecting, listening and learning from others.

We’re creative, imaginative and fun

Our creative programmes are exciting, challenging and diverse, promoting new music and exploring new approaches with energy and passion. We’re not afraid to push boundaries and find new ways of doing things, and we are committed to supporting and developing the pipeline of musicians – singers, composers and leaders.