NYCoS Training Choir 2014

NYCoS Training Choir (SATB) is the first step to becoming a full member of NYCoS. TC2013 is of one of the biggest we have had, and so it will be undertaking a more wide-ranging concert schedule culminating in a candlelit concert in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Becoming a member of NYCoS Training Choir involves:

  • attending an informal audition
  • attending the week-long 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. After hearing you, Choir Director Christopher Bell will decide whether singers are ready for membership of NYCoS or NYCoS Training Choir.

What to sing at the audition

You will be invited to come to an informal 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. It is not advisable to sing songs from shows (Cats, Les Miserables etc), as these do not always show off your full vocal potential.

All applicants will be offered an audition so it’s never too early to start practising.

Audition Locations and Times

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

We’ll confirm exact details with you no later than Friday 31st January 2014.

Residential Course

The activities for the year all stem from the week-long residential course 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-flight professional singers and teaching to the highest standards.

The school has full sports facilities and a swimming pool, and there will be lots of time to enjoy them. There is also a formal dinner where members dress up and dance the night away.

Concerts and Additional Engagements

NYCoS Training Choir will finish the course with a concert in Merchiston Castle School on Saturday 12th July, 2014.

NYCoS and NYCoS Training Choir are often invited to take part in additional engagements; both sections will have a performance in August 2014, whilst NYCoS will embark on a tour of Scotland in mid September – full details will be advised at the time of audition. Members will be expected to take part in both the residential course and additional engagements.

Costs and Financial Assistance

All costs are inclusive of full-board accommodation, provision of music, all musical and recreational activities for the residential course and all additional engagements.


£449 £499

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

Application Deadline

10th January 2014

Audition Dates

13th–14th and 20th–23rd March 2014

Residential Course

6th–12th July 2014
Merchiston Castle School

Glasgow City Council