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Royal Choral Society

+44 (0)20 7376 3718

92 Lots Road, London SW10 0QD, United Kingdom

The Royal Choral Society began its illustrious life as the Royal Albert Hall Choral Society – formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871.

Its inaugural concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th May 1872. The choir’s name was shortened to The Royal Choral Society (with permission from Queen Victoria) shortly afterwards.


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Grand Union World Choir

+44 (0)20 8981 1551

St. Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, London, United Kingdom


The Choir was formed specially for Undream’d Shores at the Hackney Empire in November 2014, to represent and celebrate the extraordinary variety of cultural communities now living in London.

The Choir is led by the charismatic, respected and highly experienced choir director Naveen Arles. It has performed many times since its Empire debut, most notably as part of the Southbank singing festival over the Easter weekend and Grand Union’s  Cable Street shows.

We know that lots of teachers like to sing, for their own pleasure and musical development, to enhance their teaching, and for the experience of working with their peers.

However, there has been nothing to date to showcase teachers singing together at the national level.

The National Teachers’ Choir (NTC) is an unauditioned choir that builds singing confidence and achieves singing excellence. It brings together teachers from across the country and across key stages, to develop them as a national choir with a focus on performance, whilst also celebrating the power of the voice by building a national network of ambassadors for singing in schools, linking into local networks.

London Youth Choir

+44 (0)75 4210 9851

8 Russell Square, London WC1B 4JP, United Kingdom


The London Youth Choir (LYC) is a family of five choirs, established in 2012 by Suzi Digby OBE and Rachel Staunton to provide singers living or educated within Greater London with an outstanding choral education through exceptional musical training and high-level performance opportunities.

The choir’s vision is to inspire young people to achieve the highest possible standard in choral singing, musicianship and vocal production in a supportive and welcoming environment, whilst representing the city of London. Alongside regular weekly rehearsals, LYC also leads ‘Aspire‘, a community engagement programme in collaboration with music hubs across all 33 London boroughs.

The five choirs of LYC rehearse on Monday evenings during term time in the City of London. Membership of the choirs is open to anyone from school year 3 (age 7) – age 21 and auditions are held during the first week of each school term. Financial support is available.

National Youth Choir © Dylan Nolte

NYCGB (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)

Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, UK

North-East England


The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University.

Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK’s vibrant and diverse choral tradition.

The NYCGB Vision

NYCGB’s vision is to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK.

Our goals are to:

  • Discover exceptional musical talent
  • Provide inspirational teaching and guidance
  • Create exceptional performance opportunities
  • Enthuse young people from all backgrounds in the joy of singing
  • Enable outstanding cultural leadership

We aim to inspire our members through stimulating creative processes, diverse performance opportunities and through exciting encounters and collaborations.

Underpinning these goals is the aim to ensure participation and inclusivity from the widest range of young people.

How many choirs are there?

Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25:

  • The National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15. Incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices.
  • The National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15.
  • The National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
  • The National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-22.
  • The National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25. Incorporating the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

When do the choirs rehearse?

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. This means that you can still sing with your regular choir/s during the rest of the year, and at Christmas – in fact, we think regular choral singing is a really good idea.

These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop your vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.

Where do the courses take place?

We visit a number of different places in the UK for our residential courses, because our members come from all over the UK.

As a national organisation, the choirs of NYCGB perform in geographically diverse locations across the UK. Reaching people in different areas helps the organisation to join up with people involved in singing at different levels all over the country, and to find young singers who might not otherwise realise that they can apply to join in.

What happens on a residential course?

NYCGB residential courses include full and sectional rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship. Junior choirs also practice Alexander Technique with qualified practitioners.

We aim to stretch and challenge our members to develop a flexible and creative approach to performance and to help them to embrace a diverse repertoire.