GETTING into the country’s top-flight choir has been music to the ears of Bo’ness singer Chloe Findlay!
The 17-year-old is warming up for a year of engagements with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, including a night at the famous Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Chloe, a member of the NYCoS Falkirk area choir for the past decade and an award-winning musician, successfully got a sought-after place in the 100-strong national choir at her first attempt.
It’s a dream come true for Chloe - starring in the Academy’s show next month - who will study music and operatics at Glasgow University.
“It’s quite an incredible experience,” she said. “I’ve wanted to sing as my career for so long.
“This is such a major part of my life. It’s always been a life-long dream to sing at the Proms.”
The London performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time will be the choir’s first engagement after a week’s residential course in July, where notes are perfected from morning to evening.
Then the Edinburgh International Festival beckons, with a performance as part of The Nutcracker at the Usher Hall, and two candlelit Fringe concerts at St Giles’ Cathedral.
Chloe will be extra busy, also singing Delius’ A Mass of Life as part of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus at the International Festival’s opener.
A NYCoS trip to Singapore is also on the cards next summer.
Falkirk area choir director, Kirstie Hemple, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that she has made it into the flagship choir. She really deserves it.”
nCraig Stevens of Linlithgow has also got into NYCoS; Andrew Stevens, Jennifer Halliday and Peter Cockcroft are in the training choir.