National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is the UK’s most exciting, innovative and accessible organisation for young choral singers, inspiring and empowering young people through the life-changing experience of singing together. It is home to some of the best young singers in the world and is a national champion for youth choral music.
Our five choirs have a membership of over 800 young singers aged 9 to 25 from across the UK. Through residential courses and special projects, NYCGB provides the best choral training, teaching and collaborations possible with unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music and performance, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. NYCGB choirs regularly give high-profile performances at venues and festivals such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and BBC Proms.
NYCGB also supports the development of emerging young professionals through its Fellowship programme and its Young Composers’ scheme and works with regional music education hubs, schools and partner organisations through its national learning and engagement programme reaching over 3,500 young people each year.
We are delighted to be working together with Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA) to help support its aim of achieving greater diversity and representation among its choirs and programmes.
GMIA is a Black music organisation that interprets UK Gospel Music as derived from the African, American and Caribbean musical experience relating to the Christian faith, delivered by a wide range of industry creatives and practitioners, and incorporating both the Gospel genre and Gospel message delivered overtly or by inspiration.
Over the past twenty-five years generations of British children have experienced for themselves the power, positivity, cultural relevance and artistic excellence of Gospel Music, through the development of school and community Gospel Choirs. It is a music at the heart of the Black Community. This inclusive and well-established genre has driven how music education can be administrated empowering tutors, trainers and leaders of Black Music from this genre.
From the personal stories of Black musicians and artists who break through into national and international recognition, there is an unequivocal connection between the creative nurturing of talent that is retained and maintained within the Black Churches in Britain. GMIA is the bridge between all these community roots and creative agencies that seek to authentically engage and permanently establish purpose-filled diversity.