NYCoS Training Choir 2018

NYCoS Training Choir (SATB) is the first step to becoming a full member of NYCoS.

Joining the Choir involves:

  • attending an informal audition
  • attending the residential course in Edinburgh
  • performing at engagements throughout the year


Members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland are amongst the most promising young singers in the UK and admission to the choir is by audition. Preparation is key; it's never too early to start practising. After hearing you, Christopher Bell will decide whether singers are ready for membership of the National Youth Choir of Scotland or NYCoS Training Choir.

Read our Audition Guidlines for more information.

What to sing at the audition

You will be invited to come to an audition where you will be asked to sing a song you have prepared, sing at sight and sing some scales to establish your range. Whilst ability to sing at sight is desirable, you should not be deterred from applying if your sight-singing is currently weak. Your singing teacher or class teacher should advise you on your choice of song. We strongly suggest you avoid songs from musicals as these often do not show your full vocal potential.

Audition Locations and Times

Depending on numbers, auditions may be held in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester and London. The opportunity to audition for NYCoS Training Choir 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 week-long residential course in July, where the repertoire is learned. The seven days are full of intense musical activity, vocal coaching, individual singing lessons and full choir rehearsals mixed with recreation time and informal concerts. Members receive individual singing lessons from top-class professional singers and teachers.

The school has full sports facilities and a swimming pool. There is also a formal dinner where members dress up and dance the night away.

Concerts and Additional Engagements

The course finishes with a concert for NYCoS Training Choir, where friends and family can experience the spectacular results of your hard work. This takes place on 15 July 2018 at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh.

Both sections of the Choir will take part in exciting additional engagements, full details of which will be advised prior to your audition. Singers 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:


5 instalments of £100 5 instalments of £110

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

Audition Dates

Late October – November 2017

Residential Course

9 – 15 July 2018
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

End-of-Course Concert

15 July 2018
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh

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