Regional Choirs

NYCOS Angus Choir

Ages: 7 - 18

As well as being fun, singing together in a choir has many benefits for children’s development and well-being. These include gaining music education, making friends and boosting confidence through performing. Singing also helps to develop literacy, concentration and memory.

Led by experienced music teachers and choir leaders, NYCOS Angus Choir meets once a week during term time, where children learn and sing together with others their age. As well as singing in a group, children progress through our musicianship programme (based on Kodály method) and develop skills such as learning to read music, pitching, rhythm, sound production and simple theory.

REGIONAL CHOIR PARENT

“NYCOS is an incredibly valuable and very special part of my son’s life, I cannot recommend it enough. Choir is the highlight of his week; he has made so many friends at and it’s amazing to see how confident he has become each year. When we attend the concerts it’s wonderful to see all the skills the children have developed.”

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Our choirs help young singers reach their full musical potential.

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HOW TO JOIN

Rehearsals

The choir meets each week during term time for rehearsals – a total of 30 weeks each year. Rehearsals last from 1 hour at Junior Choir stage up to 2.5 – 3 hours for older children.

Repertoire

The children sing music appropriate for their age and voice that is also enjoyable. This is drawn both from Scottish music and music from around the world.

Musicianship

Being part of a NYCOS choir isn’t just about singing in a group; our musicianship programme (based on Kodaly method) helps to develop skills such as learning to read music, pitching, rhythm, sound production, solo signing and simple theory.

Awards Programme

Our awards programme offers progression through its three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, which chart choir members’ development as they work towards goals. A Gold level pass can be used as a substitute for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

Choir Staff

Each regional choir is led by a Choir Director, supported by music staff. All of our music staff are qualified musicians and are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure with NYCOS. Each choir will also have a Coordinator at local level.

Membership Fees & Financial Assistance

We want all children to join, regardless of income or background. Recruitment workshops are free, all of our venues are accessible and fees can be reduced up to 100% based on sibling discounts and household income. We also offer a four week risk-free trial for new members.

The annual membership fee for Junior Choir is £185.

If you have any questions or feel that anything is stopping you from applying, please contact Louise Major and she would be happy to help.

Our sessions for 2022-2023 have now started, but we can welcome additional members. Please use this form to contact us and we will let you know how to join. If you need any assistance filling out this form please contact Natalie Brayshaw.

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Please do not be put off applying if your child has missed the recruitment workshop. Depending on the time of year, we are happy to take on additional choir members. Please contact Natalie Brayshaw if you wish to discuss a late application.

Regional Choir uniforms are available from an external supplier. You will receive email instructions on ordering before the Winter concert. Members in receipt of Fee Reduction will be offered a discounted rate.

You can pay your child’s membership fees by logging into your online account and selecting the ‘existing Memberships’ option or just click the button below.

You can also pay your fees by cheque or by card over the phone.

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As children move through each section of the choir the rehearsal time increases. If cost is an issue, don’t be put off. You can choose to pay in instalments, and thanks to our donors and supporters we can cover up to 100% of the fees.

Fees for 2023-24:

Junior Choir 1 & 2 £185
Intermediate Choir 1 & 2 £198
Senior Choir & Chamber Choir £215

Children are normally recruited at the end of P3 for entry at P4. Older children are accepted into the choirs, but this is dependant on factors such as their age, vocal quality and ability to read music. 

We have a fun and informal way of assessing singers: children try out simple singing and musical games in groups, which enables our staff to select singers for membership of the choir. Our free half-hour workshops are open to children in Primary 3 upwards.

We understand children may leave choir during the year for a number of reasons and operate the following refund policy.

In the first year of membership you will receive a full refund with no administration fee if membership is cancelled within four weeks of the choir start date.

For memberships in their second and subsequent years refunds will be issued following according to a sliding scale less a £10 administration fee. See our Terms and Conditions for further details.

Cancellations should be made in writing to regional-choirs@nycos.co.uk or to Regional Choirs Producer, NYCOS, 3rd Floor (Centre), Savoy House, 120 Sauchiehall Stree, Glasgow, G2 3DH.

Tickets for all NYCOS Regional Concerts are sold online. You will receive an email notification when booking opens for your child’s concert.

Upcoming Regional Choir concerts

REHEARSAL TIMES:


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THURSDAYS:
Junior Choir: 5.00–6.00 pm
Intermediate Choir: 5.00–6.30 pm
Senior Choir: 6.00–8.00 pm

See Term Dates for full details

ADDRESS:

Forfar Academy,

Forfar Community Campus,

Kirriemuir Road,

Forfar

DD8 3TG

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YOUR CONTACTS:


CHOIR DIRECTOR:

David McLean will lead the choir in weekly rehearsals and any performances.

CHOIR COORDINATOR:

Lyn Gow will be at rehearsals every week and acts as your local point of contact.