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National Youth Concert Band

The National Youth Concert Band and National Children’s Concert Band are exciting and challenging groups for wind, brass and percussion players aged 10 to 18. NYCB brings young musicians from all over the UK together to experience high quality musical performances, to be inspired to continue their musical journeys and to build lifelong friendships and memories.


Applications are open!

We’ve planned a whole new look for 2024, as we travel to new venues and add extra dates! Our 2024 Spring course will run from 30th March to the 6th April at Stamford School with a concert in the Warwick Hall at Warwick School on the 6th April. For members of NYCB, there will be an additional short Summer course, from 23-25 August at Chetham’s School of Music with a concert in the Stoller Hall, Manchester on the 25th August, 2024.

Who can join us?

If you’re aged 10-18 and play a wind, brass or percussion instrument, we are the course for you! We are open to applications from any standard from Grade 4 to Grade 8/Diploma level. For more details, look at our course information page. We welcome applications from all young musicians, whatever their background or personal circumstances. Please contact us if you have any questions!

NCCB  is for musicians aged 10 to 14 with grades 4 or above. Younger musicians can apply. Please contact for more information. 

NYCB is a more advanced ensemble for musicians aged 12-18 with grade 7 and above.

Auditions take place from late Autumn to Spring and are all online to make them as accessible as possible. Videos will be watched by a specialist tutor or one of our Musical Directors.

Once on the course, you’ll participate in intensive sectional rehearsals with a team of experienced and passionate tutors as well as full rehearsals in the whole band. Members can also get involved in a variety of creative workshops, masterclasses and performances including chamber music, jazz, composition and solo performance. 

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, click here to apply.

National Youth Concert Band CIC | Registered in England number 11665172

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