NYCOS Isle of Lewis ChoirAges: 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 Isle of Lewis 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 £150 (less than £5 per week).
If you have any questions or feel that anything is stopping you from applying, please contact Natalie Brayshaw and she would be happy to help.
We are now welcoming new members to our choirs for 2021-2022. 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.
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.
As children move through each section of the choir the rehearsal time increases. If cost is an issue, don’t be put off. Thanks to our donors and supporters we can cover up to 100% of the fees.
Fees for 2020–21:
|Junior Choir 1 & 2||£150|
|Intermediate Choir 1 & 2||£165|
|Senior Choir & Chamber Choir||£180|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to Regional Choirs Producer, NYCOS, The Mitchell, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
Tickets for all NYCOS Regional Concerts are sold online. You will receive an email notification when booking opens for your child’s concert.
|Intermediate Choir 1:||6.00–7.30 pm|
|Intermediate Choir 2:||6.00–7.30 pm|
|Senior Choir:||6.00–8.00 pm|
See Term Dates for full details
Tong Community Hall
Isle of Lewis
Cath Fish will lead the choir in weekly rehearsals and any performances.
Elizabeth Maclean will be at rehearsals every week and acts as your local point of contact.