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History of NYCOS

1996 – the National Youth Choir of Scotland was founded by Christopher Bell 

1997 – the NYCOS Training Choir was established

1998 – the first Regional Choirs (then children’s choirs) were formed in Edinburgh and West Lothian 

1999 – our first publication Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years was published 

2000 – new regional choirs in Falkirk, Dumfries, Dundee and Stirling were founded 

2001 – the National Youth Choir of Scotland had its first international tour to Sweden

2002 – NYCOS National Boys Choir was founded; first NYCOS commission; first National Youth Choir of Scotland CD released; first Mini Music Makers class was run

2003 – the Renfrewshire Choir was founded

2004 – Go for Bronze Teacher Book published; National Youth Choir of Scotland toured to Chicago; start of annual teacher training weekend conferences

2005 – Changing Voices section created for NYCOS National Boys Choir 

2006 – 10th Anniversary; expansion of Education Portfolio

2007 –  NYCOS celebrated its tenth anniversary; the National Youth Choir of Scotland toured to Hungary; NYCOS Midlothian and Isle of Lewis Choirs were founded; Mini Music Makers sessions in 10 locations

2008 – Howard Goodall became Patron to the National Youth Choir of Scotland; Billy Boyd became Patron to NYCOS National Boys Choir; NYCOS Inverness Choir was founded; Lord Provost of Edinburgh became Patron to NYCOS Edinburgh Choir; further local authority and education partnerships

2009 – Karen Cargill became Patron to NYCOS National Girls Choir; NYCOS Aberdeen Choir was founded; 15 Mini Music Makers sessions; NYCOS Education Conference

2010 – the National Youth Choir of Scotland toured to Germany; NYCOS National Girls Training Choir was established; NYCOS Angus Choir was established; Lord Provost of Dundee became Patron to NYCOS Dundee Choir; curriculum for Excellence Active Learning through Music

2011 – 15th Anniversary; NYCOS Perth and East Dunbartonshire Boys Choirs were established; endorsement of Go for Gold by ABRSM

2012 – start of annual Kodály Summer School in Edinburgh; all boys from National and Regional choirs took part in Songs of Praise filmed in Dunblane; NYCOS National Girls Choir sang Midsummer Nights Dream at the Edinburgh International Festival with Scottish Chamber Orchestra; the National Youth Choir of Scotland sang at the BBC Proms as part of the newly formed Proms Youth Choir

2013 – the National Youth Choir of Scotland toured central Europe, and performed Durufle Requiem at the Edinburgh International Festival with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticiatti

2014 – NYCOS National Boys Choir performed Britten War Requiem at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; the National Youth Choir of Scotland performed Mozart Requiem at the Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Runnicles; Opening Ceremony of Commonwealth Games with Eric Whitacre; NYCOS Regional Choir celebrated Commonwealth Games

2015 – NYCOS hosted the International Kodály Symposium

2016 – the National Youth Choir of Scotland toured to the USA, performing in Chicago and at the Grant Teton Music Festival under Donald Runnicles on 4th July

2017 – Wee Sing; BBC Passchendaele broadcast

2018 – EIF residency; Carnegie Hall performance