Aberdeen to welcome National Youth Choir of Scotland

The National Youth Choir of Scotland will perform in the Granite City on Saturday (September 19) where they will present A Celebration of Music from the British Isles, conducted by Christopher Bell.

This outstanding choir of Scotland's young singers will perform a varied repertoire and the programme will include Sir Michael Tippett's 5 Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, Leighton’s Laudate Peuri and pieces by Walton, MacMillan and Tavener.

The event, at St Machar’s Cathedral, will also see the launch of a new area choir, supported by the University of Aberdeen. The Choir is the latest addition to a growing network of area choirs across the country – from Dumfries to Stornoway.

The University of Aberdeen has assisted with the development of an area choir for the North-East, which is now in the first weeks of rehearsals.

Morag Simpson, Aberdeen Area Choir Director, said: “The children are all very enthusiastic and hard working and are already making a good sound. This is an extremely exciting venture and I’m already looking forward to their first concert in early December”.

Professor Pete Stollery, Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to be able to help bring the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s activities to Aberdeen.

“The young singers are already displaying huge talent and their enthusiasm is extremely infectious. I am very much looking forward to working with NYCoS on this and future developments”

NYCoS activities now include four National Choirs, a growing network of Area Choirs across Scotland, Mini Music Maker classes for the under 5s and a broad range of educational projects. NYCoS also commissions and publishes a range of publications, songbooks and educational resources.

Tickets for the concert at St Machar’s are £10, £8 (concessions), £2 (school pupils) Tickets will be available by telephone on 0141 287 2856 or at the door.