2003

During 2003 the momentum of development was maintained with the national choirs - NYCoS, NYCoS Training Choir and the National Boys Choir all attracting a larger number of applications than in the past. Lottery Funding was obtained from the Scottish Arts Council to support developments in boy's singing for a three-year period. An International Boy's Voice Conference was held in Glasgow in May, which featured the National Boys Choir along with the Cantemus Choir from Hungary and the Manchester Boys Choir. A new NYCoS Children’s Choir was formed in Renfrewshire bringing the total number to eight. In June, members of the Edinburgh Children's Choir appeared at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and later, a group met with HM The Queen.

2003 was a significant year for the flagship NYCoS Choir. The choir was invited to appear at the Association of British Choral Director's Convention in Birmingham followed by a highly acclaimed performance of Messiaen Trois Petites Liturgies with the BBC SSO in the Edinburgh International Festival. In September, NYCoS again joined the BBC SSO at Proms in the Park in front of a crowd of 7000 and a live TV audience at the Science Park in Glasgow. Two NYCoS members - Jonathan Waugh and Elysia Leech - represented Scotland as members of the Rugby World Cup Choir in Australia.

The final (and most unusual) performance of 2003 was to accompany Christina Aguilera at the MTV Europe Awards Ceremony in Edinburgh in November. This attracted a great deal of publicity for NYCoS and provided an interesting musical diversion for the singers - given that the repertoire (all two minutes worth!) was quite different from the NYCoS norm.

The NYCoS Chamber Choir undertook concerts in Paisley and Ayr sponsored by the University of Paisley in addition to a concert in Dunfermline Abbey promoted by our main sponsors - Dunfermline Building Society. This sponsorship was recognised earlier in the year when NYCoS/Dunfermline Building Society was nominated for an award by the Arts and Business organisation.

Outwith the programme of choir performances, the most significant development during the latter part of 2003 was the growing demand from local authorities to involve the NYCoS organisation in supporting programmes to develop 'vocal instruction' in schools. This was part of a national Youth Music Initiative managed by the Scottish Arts Council with funding from the Scottish Executive.



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