Over the coming days NYCOS Regional Choirs roll into action across Scotland, including Renfrewshire.

15 choirs in all with a total membership of 1500 before Covid, will return to in person rehearsals and concerts. NYCOS will rehearse in Renfrewshire Paisley St. Georges on Wednesday 8th September from 6pm – 9pm.

Since 1998 when NYCOS formed its first choirs, they have been rehearsing in schools, largely in partnership with the local education authorities in the area. However, with Covid uncertainty and the current guidelines in Scotland, many schools are unwilling to host, or are unsure about outside groups using the facilities; they want to keep the premises safe, healthy and secure for their own pupils.

Faced with a lack of venues, NYCOS turned to an institution it knew had many and varied premises across Scotland, the Church of Scotland, and asked if they could help. A meeting followed at which high level officials including the current Moderator, Jim Wallace, on hearing the national organisation’s dilemma pledged to help. Together churches in the regions NYCOS was having difficulty in were identified and over the coming weeks, nine of the Regional Choirs will be able to continue thanks to their help.

The churches will include Renfrewshire Paisley St. Georges as well as churches around the country including Falkirk Larbert Old Parish Church, Angus Lowson Memorial Church, Dumfries Maxwelltown West, Aberdeen Mannofield Church, East Dumbartonshire Springfield Church, Stirling Dunblane Cathedral, West Lothian Polbeth Harwood Church, and Midlothian Rosewell Parish Church.

In its quest to #keepscotlandsinging’ NYCOS is being as creative as possible.