James Waters appointed NYCOS Chair

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 Release: A Burns Sequence

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.

St Andrew’s Day Release

NYCOS has released two singles on Signum Classics featuring the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Keeping Scotland Singing

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.

Introducing 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.

Independence Day Release

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.

Tribute to Richard Chester

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.

Wee Summer Sing

Wee Summer Sing, starting Monday 1 June, is a completely free project for children aged 5–8.

Recent BBC Appearances

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.

Over the Rainbow

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.

Album Release: Cantos Sagrados

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. 

My NYCOS Journey: Emily Henderson

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”.

Giving Tuesday: Thank You

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.

Remembrance Sunday

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.