Members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland gathered on Calton Hill, Edinburgh at 6am to be the first to sing again in Scotland.
Watch the digital premiere of ‘Fire’ by Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen and hear what choir members had to say about the song and their experience.
Friday Afternoons songs by Russell Hepplewhite and Michael Rosen will receive an online world premiere on 14 May. One of the 12 songs will be premiered by NYCOS Edinburgh Choir.
NYCOS has been awarded funding to take part in a project to support the continuation of online music education through and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.
For the first time, NYCOS is offering a series of conducting classes tailored to suit the needs of people working at different levels led by Artistic Director Christopher Bell.
NYCOS has been delivering active music lessons for primary schools over the past year through the Sounds Musical project.
Although they couldn’t be together in person, NYCOS National Choir members have met online for their virtual courses over the Easter holidays. Here’s what some choir members had to say about the experience.
NYCOS has been selected to take part in the 2021 Friday Afternoons project.
Find out what NYCOS Regional Choirs have been getting up to in 2021 so far.
NYCOS has appointed James Waters as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees. James is Director of the Lammermuir Festival, Creative Director for Classical Music at Perth Concert Hall and classical programmer at the Bath Festival.
NYCOS is releasing John Gardner’s setting of eight poems by Robert Burns, featuring the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Here are a few highlights from our online activities this year.
NYCOS is releasing a collection of Christmas Carols on 10 December.
NYCOS has released two singles on Signum Classics featuring the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
NYCOS Mini Music Makers is inviting young children to enjoy musical sessions with family members they can’t see in person.
Last month we passed a previously unimaginable milestone in our history, six months since we pivoted all our activity online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read all about what we’ve been doing online in 2020 so far.
World-leading composer Eric Whitacre and NYCOS alumnus Arthur Bruce join Christopher Bell for Episode 4 of NYCOS TV.
NYCOS Artistic Director Christopher Bell is joined by composer Sir James MacMillan, conductor Donald Runnicles and NYCOS alumni Hannah Rarity and Robert Robertson.
NYCOS has released three singles on Signum Classics featuring the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Christopher Bell for the 4th July Independence Day.
We received the news of Richard Chester’s death with profound sadness. Read Christopher Bell’s tribute to the former Chief Executive of The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and founding NYCOS Board member.
NYCOS was a signatory to an open letter sent to Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Fair Work and Culture on 30 June 2020.
Wee Summer Sing, starting Monday 1 June, is a completely free project for children aged 5–8.
NYCOS choirs have featured on two Reflections at the Quay broadcasts whilst ‘Cantos Sagrados’ was featured as album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped.
On Thursday 30 April, NYCOS singers and staff across the country joined with members of Music Education Partnership Group in singing Over the Rainbow in support of the NHS and all keyworkers.
Conducted by Christopher Bell, the National Youth Choir of Scotland is joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the premiere recording of ‘Cantos Sagrados’ in the orchestral version.
NYCOS Mini Music Makers classes have moved to online following a successful run of trial sessions.
All NYCOS activities and events are to be suspended from Tuesday 17 March until Sunday 19 April.
Bachtrack has released its annual Classical Music Statistics for 2019 from almost 35,000 performances worldwide.
Joanna Baker is to be awarded a CBE for services to the arts.
The NYCOS head office will shut at 2pm on 20 December and reopen on 6 January.
“The sheer joy on the children’s faces last night spoke volumes. The sound achieved in such a short time was amazing.”
If you’ve not applied for a National Choir yet, Holly and Jack have some words of encouragement for you.
My journey through NYCOS all began with a game; sitting in a circle with my fellow Primary 3s, bouncing a ball to the beat while chanting “I like coffee, I like tea”.
Thanks to our donors and supporters we have been able to expand our bursary scheme to include subsidised and free places to NYCOS Mini Music Makers.
NYCOS is to launch a new Regional Choir in Hamilton opening in October 2019.
Can there be anything more chorally challenging than singing French music in French in France?
Josie Bell, from Anstruther, tells us about her experience with NYCOS National Girls Choir.
Rory McIver, 14, tells us about his experience with NYCOS National Boys Choir.
NYCOS has appointed Ed Milner as its new Chief Executive. He will take up the role on Monday 13 May.
The National Youth Choir of Scotland and NYCOS National Girls Choir return to the Edinburgh International Festival.
We are thrilled to announce the names of this year’s Associate Accompanists. Find out more about this incredibly talented trio.
Morag Campbell, NYCOS Chief Executive, was on Scotland Tonight talking about the importance of music education and the benefits it brings to young people.
After seven years with NYCOS, Morag Campbell will be stepping down as Chief Executive at the end of March.
Season’s Greetings from everyone at NYCOS. Here are some highlights from 2018. The head office will be shut from 24 December – 3 January.
This Giving Tuesday some of our older singers want to thank everyone who has supported us and them in the past year. We really couldn’t do this without you.
This Sunday marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed in November 1918, bringing an end to the First World War. Throughout the day NYCOS Choirs will be taking part in remembrance services and broadcasts.
NYCOS National Boys Choir is releasing an album of commemorative song-suite All Those Men Who Marched Away.
During the 2018 Year of Young People, NYCOS was in residency at the Edinburgh International Festival with no fewer than four performances.
NYCOS Artistic Director Christopher Bell takes us through his many shoes during the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.
NYCOS has joined forces with three of Europe’s leading music universities to develop a new music teaching curriculum for primary school pupils.