Christopher Bell

Belfast born Christopher Bell is the Artistic Director of NYCoS. Alongside that he currently holds posts as Chorus Director of the Grant Park Chorus, Chicago, USA, Chorusmaster of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. In 2009 he became Associate Conductor of 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.

He was largely responsible for the formation of the National Youth Choir of Scotland in 1996 and has been its Artistic Director since then. The organisation has grown, not only as a choral group with four national choirs and area choirs across Scotland, but as a provider of educational training and resources for teachers and choir directors.

Christopher Bell has received the following awards: a 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, and an Honorary Masters Degree from the Open University for Services to the Arts in 2009.