In February 2002, 80 singers from NYCoS performed in front of 60,000 people during the half time break at the Scotland v England Rugby International at Murrayfield.

The newly established NYCoS National Boys Choir attracted over 150 applications, with 60 boys meeting at Gartmore House for a five day residential course in April, followed by their inaugural concert in Stirling. The high level of interest resulted in the formation of a Junior Corps, which had two singing days during the year. In 2003 the Junior Corps would join NBC and the residential course.

Applications for NYCoS and NYCoS Training Choir were higher than ever, resulting in a 90 strong NYCoS choir and 55 (mixed voices) in the Training Choir meeting at Strathallan in July. The main NYCoS choir performed an American and Scottish repertoire including the first ever NYCoS commission - a piece by David Paul Jones. A CD of Scots songs was released in December with the title There’s Lilt in the Song. 2002 saw the re-establishment of the NYCoS Chamber Choir who performed in Inverness in September.

The network of NYCoS Children’s Choirs was now catering for around 1500 youngsters meeting during the school term. More requests were received for choirs to participate in ‘outside’ concerts – including an appearance by members of Edinburgh and West Lothian choirs in the BBC TV Watchnight Service programme.

The Education and Outreach programme continued to develop during the year with a number of in-service courses in schools. In addition, several NYCoS sponsored education seminars took place – relating to Early Years, Boys Changing Voice and Jumpstart a Choir. Two new publications Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots and Rhythm Flash Cards were published this year. Workshops were held in several local authority areas where Christopher Bell rehearsed young singers and provided information about NYCoS.

And in yet another extension of NYCoS singing activity, the very first Mini Music Makers session was held in Edinburgh. The project aimed to engage children and parents in singing activities from the earliest stages, baby and toddler, as part of a natural continuum through pre-school into primary and beyond.

Glasgow City Council