Youth Choir plea for new Director

National Youth Choir of Scotland
National Youth Choir of Scotland

Young singers from the Isle of Lewis seek a new Choir Director in order to maintain the high standards of musicianship and singing tuition they currently receive.

The NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir has been running successfully in Stornoway since 2007 and provides local youngsters with the chance to learn valuable musicianship skills, make new friends and to perform throughout the year.

Former Choir Director, Avril Duncan, decided to leave the choir following five successful years working with Lewis’ talented youngsters. Under her direction, NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir gave many concerts both locally and further afield. A recent highlight was a performance with world renowned Scottish Harpist Savourna Stevenson in September 2011. Ruth Macgregor has kindly stepped in to cover the vacant position until a permanent Choir Director is appointed.

Speaking of her time as Choir Director, Avril said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lewis’ young people and seeing them develop into fine young singers. NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir provides an opportunity to share a love of singing and access to musicianship tuition that they might not otherwise receive. I’m hopeful a new Choir Director can be found soon so that this work can continue.”

Commenting on the situation, Morag Campbell, NYCoS Chief Executive, added: “NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir is a valuable asset for local young people. The level of musicianship and the social and health benefits that come along with singing in a choir may be at stake if a new choir director cannot be found.

“Our ideal candidate will be well voiced in the Kodály approach to music education and will have a commitment to the development of singing in Scotland.”

Anyone interested in the post of Choir Director should visit Nycos job opportunities for more information.