How often does the choir meet?

All three sections of the choir meet for a 6-day residential course around Easter time. Occasionally NBC and Changed Voices will be invited to take part in other engagements e.g. BBC Proms in the Park, Edinburgh International Festival, tours, special invitations.

I live in/near Edinburgh. Can I go home at night instead of staying at Loretto?
Being in a choir is the same as being a member of a team. Everyone does things together and learns to work together so it is important that all the members stay overnight at the school.

Do I have to stay for the whole course?
Once again the team spirit is important here. If a member is missing it affects the performance of the team. Also there is a lot of music to learn so if you missed part of the course you would not be as well prepared for the concert as everyone else.

What if no-one else from my school is going to the course?
We know it isn’t easy to go away to a strange place where you don’t know everyone else. Our house staff understand this and are very good at making everyone feel welcome and helping them to get to know other boys. One of the great things about NBC is the number of new friends you will meet.

What if I feel homesick?
This can happen but there is so much to do and everyone is so friendly that you won’t feel homesick for long.

What if my parents can’t afford the course fee?
Don’t be put off. Apply anyway and once you are offered a place your parents will be sent details of where they can apply for financial help. For further details of how to apply for funding, click here.

What’s the food like?

What do we do when we’re not singing?
Several of our house staff are PE teachers who organise lots of different games. There’s also a swimming pool, TV room with videos and a quiet room for reading.

Do I have to wear my school uniform?
For concerts you will be asked to buy a special shirt which is supplied by NYCoS so that everyone looks the same. The rest of the time you can wear what you like.

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