Auditions

Membership of NCCGB is by audition only. Auditions take place in the autumn. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our 2020 auditions will be done online.

All 2020 audition sessions are now full. If we have enough spare places we may run a mop-up session in January. Please contact us by email to register your interest.

For further information about the auditions, please contact us by email [email protected] or phone 07894 021279.

We accept new choir members from the age of 9; that is, boys and girls who would be at least 9 years old when they join their first Easter course. We expect choir members to attend every course, unless there is an unusual event, for example a family wedding.

New choir members must be available to attend the Easter course following audition.

Find out more about what it is like to be a member of NCCGB here

Our auditions

For an audition, candidates will be asked to perform one song from memory, unaccompanied. The performance should take no more than 3 minutes.  They will also do some aural tests including musical memory tests and singing chords. Candidates in Year 7 and above will also be asked to do some sight singing.  The audition will take around 20 minutes.

Sight reading examples

Please click on the links below to see examples of the sight reading pieces used at our auditions:

Preliminary: for singers not yet at Grade 1 ABRSM/Trinity standard

Beginners :  equates approximately to Grade 1 ABRSM/Trinity standard

Beginners challenge : equates approximately to Grade 3 ABRSM/Trinity standard

Intermediate : equates approximately to Grade 5 ABRSM/Trinity standard

Advance : equates approximately to Grade 6 ABRSM/Trinity standard

Advance challenge : equates approximately to Grade 8 ABRSM/Trinity standard