NYCoS History

NYCoS was established in 1996. You can read our history year by year to see how NYCoS has developed.

For a long time, many musicians across Scotland had been pointing out that whilst we had national youth ensembles for orchestra, strings, jazz and brass, there was a lack of opportunity for young singers in Scotland to participate at a national level and standard.

Christopher Bell (then RSNO Chorusmaster) and Richard Chester (then Director of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland) brought together a working party from all walks of Scottish choral life. A Chairman was sought, and the organisation was very lucky to secure the services of Raymond Williamson who helped in the appointment of a board and the setting up of the company. Funding for the first year was established through the British Federation of Young Choirs (BFYC), with the help of its founder Andrew Fairbairn.

Publicity, the 1996 application form, and first auditions were organised by BFYC and its Scottish representative John Robertson, but very soon an excellent administrator was found in Robert Tait. Bob had been a teacher and later an advisor in music for Fife, and in April 1996 took early retirement. He immediately became the administrator of the newly formed National Youth Choir of Scotland, and course director for the very first residential course in Glenalmond School, July 1996.

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