What happens on an NCCGB course?
A lot of fun and memorable moments! You start off with most of the choirs coming together for a joint warm up, surrounded by a space full of music and excitement! You practise new pieces with your choir and have a blast doing some recreational activities such as swimming and disco nights.
Not to mention the food! It’s especially fun when it’s someone’s birthday because we all get to celebrate together.
At the end of the week, you get to perform to not only all the choirs, but your parents and peers. The energy coming from all the choirs is infectious and it is a wonderful ending to a great week.
What is the best thing about NCCGB?
One of my favourite parts of the course is the friendships you make. Staying away from home can be very daunting but you really do become a family unit. You are surrounded by the most incredible musicians and human beings; the environment is so inspiring and encouraging. I have made lifelong friends and memories during my time with NCCGB.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining NCCGB?
It’s the best decision I’ve ever made, NCCGB is my safe haven where I can be myself and make music with my friends. It’s not only made me a better musician, but a better person.
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.