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Blue Choir – (Year 7 – Year 10)

Working on a wide range of challenging repertoire, music for the Blue Choir is often in three or more parts and choir members are expected to sight read to a moderate level and pick up the music quickly. An extremely high level of choral discipline is expected from the choristers, who are developing a number of skills including teamwork, choral blend and musicianship.

With an energetic and fun approach to music making, the Blue Choir is led by Suzzie Vango, who has extensive experience in working with young singers.

‘I was in awe of the children in the blue choir. What special young people to learn what they did and make such beautiful music.’
Parent of child in Blue Choir

Our members come from throughout the UK, from a wide range of musical backgrounds.

Suzzie Vango

Blue Choir Conductor

Passionate about the arts and choral education, Suzzie’s high-energy vocal workshops have gained her an international reputation as a vocal leader, working with singers of all ages around the world. In demand as a chorus master, choral director and voice coach, she directs and sings with the critically acclaimed female a cappella quintet Papagena, conducts the National Children’s Choir, Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir and Ex Cathedra Vocal Academy. Collaborations have seen her leading workshops for: the London Symphony Orchestra, Stagecoach, The Stay at Home Choir, Sing for Pleasure, ABCD and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Suzzie is Associate Artist at the University of Warwick, Vocal Coach for the CBSO Youth Chorus, Singing Teacher at the University of Birmingham, Schools Programme Leader for Music of Life Foundation working with children with disabilities, and a vocal tutor for Ex Cathedra Education, regularly contributing her own compositions to their set of music education resources, “SingMaker”.

Her career as a soprano has taken her around the world, performing and recording with some of the top UK vocal ensembles, and her warm up book ‘How to Make Your Choir Sound Awesome’, written with Lucy Hollins, was published by Banks Music Publications in 2022.

Audition for the NCCGB

We meet twice a year for week-long residential choir courses, one during the Easter holidays and one during the summer holidays. We also run workshops in schools, and choir tours abroad.

Membership of NCCGB is by audition only. Auditions take place in the autumn.

We accept new choir members 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 their audition.