The National Youth Choir of Scotland is an outstanding choir for young people. It was formed in the summer of 1996 and at ideal strength the choir numbers 100 (30 each of Sopranos and Altos and 20 each of Tenors and Basses). Membership is granted by audition on a yearly basis and is open to singers aged 16 to 24 who are born, resident or studying in Scotland.
"The National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) is, quite simply, the best choir in Scotland. Nowhere else...will you find such a uniform level of attack, focused tone and electrifying musical delivery as these eager young singers produce."
Ken Walton, The Scotsman, September 2006
The basis of the choir's activities stems from the residential course in July. During this time, members receive expert choral and individual vocal coaching and work with professional musicians to perform major works from the choral repertoire in the main cities and concert halls in Scotland under the expert guidance of Christopher Bell, Artistic Director and Conductor of NYCoS.
"Bravo the choir, now a major musical force in Scotland, and a fine testament to the rigorous training it has clearly received from Christopher Bell."
Michael Tumelty, The Herald, April 2006
NYCoS has performed at events all over the UK, the highlights of which include: Edinburgh International Festival, MTV Europe Awards and BBC Proms, as well as producing three CDs that are available to buy from the NYCoS shop. The choir has toured internationally to Ireland in 2000, Sweden in 2001, Chicago in 2004 and Hungary in 2007 (the 125th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály's birth.)
2006 was the choir's 10th Anniversary year. This was marked by concerts with the BBCSSO in Glasgow and London, the 10th Anniversary Gala with the RSNO in Edinburgh, and a BBC Songs of Praise from the City Halls in Glasgow, which also involved members of the NYCoS Training Choir, the National Boys Choir and NYCoS Area Choirs.
For more information about NYCoS, contact Ruth Townsend, National Choirs Administrator.
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