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The National Youth Concert Band (NYCB) is for all wind, brass and percussionists aged 12-18 with Grade 7 or above. The National Children’s Concert Band is for younger players, aged 10-14 with Grade 4 or above. We welcome applications from all young musicians, whatever their background or personal circumstances and would always encourage anyone interested in joining us to apply. Please contact us if you have any questions!

This year, applications and auditions will be processed using our new management system. Applications can be made by visiting

The Application Process

Since our 2022 course we have been busy upgrading our systems to make the application and audition process more efficient for you and for us! Please read the following guidance before applying.

Applications are now open for our 2024 programme.

1. Visit to visit our “Schooble” portal.

2. Select the band you wish to apply for - either NYCB or NCCB

3. Fill in the application form where you will be asked to create a password which allow you to log back in to the portal at a later date to submit auditions, check progress, make payments, and access further course information. You can also login to make applications for other young musicians, bands and for future courses. All your information will be stored securely and following the latest GDPR guidelines by our software partner.

4. If this is the first time you have applied, you will receive three emails, the first welcoming you to the portal, the next saying we have received your application and the third with all the audition guidelines. 

5. Download your audition materials by following the link in your email, send us a link to your video using your Schooble profile within two weeks. Your video will include the set excerpts and two short, contrasting pieces.

6.  We will start offering places in the Autumn. We may occasionally offer a place in a different band to the one you originally applied for or a place on our reserve list.

Please click here or visit to apply for our 2024 programme.

All applications will be received and processed by staff working on behalf of the National Youth Concert Band  CIC. By applying to attend our course, you agree that we may contact you regarding your application.  NYCB directors reserve the right to place you in a band you may not have applied for. Your details will not be used for any other correspondence unless by given permission.

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