NYCOS West Lothian 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 West Lothian 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.
Each area 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.
We have a fun and informal way of assessing singers: children try out 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 currently in Primary 3 upwards.
The main workshop for NYCOS West Lothian Choir has now passed. If you were not able to attend the main workshop date you can register your interest in attending a follow-up workshop to take place after the summer break. Dates and times will be advised by late summer as these are dependent on numbers.BOOK NOW
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 us on 0141 287 2856 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 2019–20:
|Junior Choir 1 & 2||£140|
|Intermediate Choir 1 & 2||£155|
|Senior Choir & Chamber Choir||£170|
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 Choir Manager, 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.
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Junior Choir 2:
See Term Dates for full details
West Calder High School
Graham Boyce will lead the choir in weekly rehearsals and any performances.
Margaret Bradford will be at rehearsals every week and acts as your local point of contact.