Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the course be held?

We have planned a really exciting 2025 programme and will  have more details to announce over the coming months. The Easter course will run from the 5th to the 12th April at Stamford School, Lincolnshire. For NYCB  members, the summer event will be held at Chetham’s School of Music from on the 28th to the 30th August.

Which band shall I apply for?

NCCB is for players aged 10-14 with Grade 4 or above.

NYCB is for players aged 14-18 of Grade 7 standard or above.

If you’re unsure, please get in touch with us directly at

The directors of the NYCB CIC reserve the right to offer places in either band if they feel it would be a more appropriate standard for an applicant.

What can we expect on the course?

The course runs from 9.30am to 9.00pm every day for one week, combining full band and sectional rehearsals with chamber music workshops and masterclasses. Students will also be provided with all food and accommodation, free time activities, optional private study time for GCSE/A Level students, evening entertainment, and opportunities for solo and chamber music performance. The course will culminate in a final concert to which all family and friends are invited!

Will there be time to study for exams during the Easter course?

We know that Easter can be a difficult time of year for people studying for GCSEs and A-Levels which is why we always timetable study time each day. We typically leave 2-3 hours free each afternoon and several of the evening activities are voluntary meaning there is always plenty of time available for those wishing to study. We also set aside quiet study zones with qualified and experienced teachers in attendance to make sure our young musicians can study in a peaceful and focussed environment.

How can I apply? 

Applications are made through our online portal.

Applications are closed 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. 

Which instruments are in a concert band?




Cor Anglais

Eb Clarinet

Bb Clarinet

Alto Clarinet

Bass Clarinet (occasionally contra-bass also)


Contra Bassoon

Soprano Saxophone

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone    



French Horn

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

Euphonium/Baritone Horn


Orchestral Percussion

Please note: We don’t currently accept applications for the piano.

When will the auditions be?

 Auditions will again be online. Once we have received your initial application, you will be sent an email including guidance on how to share your audition video with us and a link where you can download your audition 

materials. You can record the video at any time that is convenient to you without having to travel long distances for a relatively short audition. Our specially selected audition panel, consisting of specialist tutors, will watch every application video and be in touch with each applicant shortly afterwards. 

Do I have to pay for the audition?

There will be no charge for applying or auditioning for the NCCB or NYCB.

How much will it cost?

The fees for our 2025 NYCB Easter course will be £900 and NCCB £825. The summer course will cost an additional £200 and NYCB players will be expected to attend both our Spring and Summer event for a total cost of £1100. Please contact us if you have any queries!

Children will have full board accommodation , music tuition and entertainment planned for the duration of the course.

If you would like to talk to us about finances, please contact us at

Do you have a bursary scheme or any form of financial assistance?

We always encourage people to apply as we always try not to turn anyone away due to financial constraints. As a relatively new organisation we have limited funds available but always try to help those most in need. Since our formation, we have built relationships with funding bodies in some areas and can provide further funding information to anyone who requests it.

If you would like to talk to us about finances, please contact us at We also offer the option of paying for the course in instalments.

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