2001

The needs of the organisation had expanded to require full time administration, so sadly NYCoS said goodbye to a founding father and Bob Tait retired. In April 2001, Ian Mills was appointed as General Manager, with a brief of pulling together all the disparate strands and establishing a secure administrative and financial structure.

This was the year we ran two NYCoS Choirs. The choir that had been building up over the previous years undertook an extensive 11 day, seven concert tour of Sweden in July, and in the run up to that had two residential weekends in Stirling in January and April, with concerts in Falkirk and Glasgow. This choir received many accolades in Scotland and during its tour of Sweden. But with the reputation of the organisation growing, we could not leave new applicants out in the cold for a year, so a second choir, nicknamed NYCoS Scotland, undertook the usual residential course and sang concerts in Aberdeen, Stirling and in Glasgow. The NYCoS Training Choir had a very successful residential course at the same time, and furthermore had two singing days itself during the year.

NYCoS Children's Choirs continued their activities, with many more outside engagements being undertaken. In particular, Edinburgh and West Lothian choirs sang with the Scottish Opera Orchestra as part of the Children's Classic Concerts series, and both also took part in Britten's St Nicolas with the BT Ensemble. Dumfries and Galloway recognised the geographical difficulties of serving the whole region by opening a Galloway choir, based in Newton Stewart.

During 2001 the seeds were sown for a major expansion of Staff Development work undertaken by NYCoS Staff. A catalogue of in-service sessions was published with hundreds of requests as a result.  Publications and resources continued to be developed including a booklet called My Voice is Changing written by Christopher Bell.

NYCoS secured its first major sponsorship from a Scottish company when Dunfermline Building Society signed up for a two-year deal to support the NYCoS organisation, a relationship that was eventually to continue until 2006. Late in 2001, a grant was obtained from the National Lottery to pilot a National Boys Choir. Something new for 2002!



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