Within NYCoS, acclaimed by The Scotsman as ‘quite simply the best choir in Scotland’ with ‘electrifying musical delivery’, the National Boys Choir caters for boys aged ten to sixteen. Their ‘Changed Voice’ section shows how, with the benefit of NYCoS’s expert and understanding tuition, boys can continue to sing superbly well and to the highest standard at this critical stage of their musical lives.
The NYCoS National Boys Choir gives boys aged 10-16, with unchanged and changed voices, a unique opportunity to sing together to the highest standard. Continually going from strength to strength, NYCoS National Boys Choir enjoys performances all across the UK, from Edinburgh International Festival to BBC Proms in the Park. In 2012, 400 male voices from the National Boys Choir, NYCoS Area Choirs and the flagship NYCoS choir filled Dunblane Cathedral for a BBC Songs of Praise performance, entitled ‘Scottish Voices’. In 2013, the choir recorded its first CD after a celebrated performance of Tom Cunningham’s The Saga of the Seven Days.
After searching the land, the most talented young male singers from across Scotland were chosen to form this year’s ensemble. The boys took part in an intensive six-day residential course at Loretto School in Musselburgh, where they received vocal coaching and musicianship training from highly qualified music staff. The wide-ranging concert repertoire is learned and rehearsed extensively in search of the perfect tone quality and musical character that makes this choir’s performance so thrilling to hear live.
Belfast-born Christopher Bell is the founder and Artistic Director of NYCoS. Alongside that, he currently holds posts as Chorus Director of the Grant Park Chorus (Chicago) and Chorusmaster of the RSNO Junior Chorusand Edinburgh Festival Chorus. In 2009 he became Associate Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra.
Christopher has worked with many of the major orchestras in the UK and Eire, including the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish Symphony, Ulster, Scottish Chamber, City of London Sinfonia, London Concert, RTE National Symphony, RTE Concert, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras.
Christopher has received the following awards: Scotsman of the Year 2001 for Creative Talent, the Charles Groves Prize in 2003 for his contribution to cultural life in Scotland and the rest of the UK, an Honorary Master’s Degree from the Open University for Services to the Arts in 2009, and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in recognition for his contribution to the performing arts in Scotland in 2012. In 2013, Chorus America awarded Christopher the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art.