NYCoS National Boys Choir 2018

NYCoS National Boys Choir, led by world-renowned conductor Christopher Bell, is for boys aged 10–16 with both changed and unchanged voices. Members sing with other boys to the highest standard, receive expert vocal tuition and develop musicianship skills.

High-profile performances by the Choir have included BBC Proms in the Park, Edinburgh International Festival and Aberdeen International Youth Festival, as well as BBC TV and radio broadcasts.

Joining the Choir involves:

  • attending an informal audition
  • attending the week-long residential course
  • performing at engagements throughout the year


Members of NYCoS National Boys Choir are amongst the most promising young male singers in Scotland and admission to the Choir is by audition. We want you to have a successful audition, so we’ll be listening out for what you do well. Preparation is key; it’s never too early to start practising. After hearing you, Christopher Bell will decide whether you are ready for membership of Junior Corps, National Boys Choir or Changed Voice Section.

Read our Audition Guidlines for more information.

What to sing at the audition

You should bring a song you have learned and can sing well; your singing or class teacher should be able to advise you on suitable repertoire. We strongly suggest you do not sing songs from musicals as these often don’t show off the full vocal potential. An accompanist will be provided. In addition, you will be given simple exercises to sing to test the range of your voice.

Audition Locations and Times

Depending on numbers, auditions may be held in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The opportunity to audition by video link may be available to island dwellers.

Time and location of your audition will be confirmed by the end of October 2017.

Residential Course

The activities for the year all stem from the six-day residential course, where the repertoire is learned. Members will have vocal coaching, musicianship training and full choir rehearsals with highly-qualified music staff who are experts in their field.

The school is set in extensive grounds and, as well as providing for all our musical needs, has sports facilities. The timetable includes recreational activities supervised by our house staff.

Concerts and Additional Engagements

The course finishes with a concert for all sections of the Choir, where friends and family can experience the spectacular results of your hard work.

NBC and Changed Voice Section will take part in exciting additional engagements, full details of which will be advised prior to your audition. Boys will be expected to take part in both the residential course and additional engagements.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Costs are inclusive of 2018 membership, full-board accommodation, provision of music, additional engagements and all activities for the residential course:


3 instalments of £130 3 instalments of £160

*includes the cost of additional engagements


Don’t be put off if the cost is an issue as there is financial assistance available for both fees and travel. For more information see the Funding Information page or contact us.


Application Deadline

Applications for NYCoS National Boys Choir 2018 are now closed. Register your interest and we'll let you know when applications for 2019 open.

Audition Dates

November 2017

Residential Course

2–7 April 2018
Loretto School, Musselburgh

End-of-Course Concert

7 Apr 2018
City Halls, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council