NYOS Announce 2017 Winner of the Colin MacLean Bursary Fund


We are proud to announce, on behalf of the Endowment Trust of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland that the recipient of the Colin MacLean Bursary Fund 2017 is French horn player Diana Sheach.

Diana from East Renfrewshire, greater Glasgow, began playing the French horn twelve years ago, with Fergus Kerr and Kenneth Blackwood. She subsequently attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Junior Department, and the Music School of Douglas Academy where she studied with Hugh Potts in her last few years of school.

Diana played principal horn in NYOS Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2016. Highlights included performing alongside soloists such as Håkan Hardenberger and Nicola Benedetti, touring China’s world-class concert halls in 2015 and playing in two BBC Proms, one in 2012 under the baton of Donald Runnicles, and most recently in 2016 performing Stravinsky’s Firebird conducted by Ilan Volkov.

As part of its developmental programme NYOS select and invite one outstanding musician from its Symphony Orchestra or a recent alumnus each year to perform as soloist alongside its Junior Orchestra. And in the summer of 2015 at Greyfrairs Kirk in Edinburgh, Diana gave an exceptional solo performance of Glière’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra alongside NYOS Junior Orchestra, conducted by Holly Mathieson receiving five stars from The Herald, Scotland. 

“Horn soloist Diana Sheach's playing of the Glière was a wonder to hear. I don't know if it's a masterpiece, but she made it feel like one: what conviction.” Michael Tumelty, The Herald, Scotland, 12 July 2015

Diana will now receive the £2,000 Bursary to further her studies and professional career, awarded by The Endowment Trust in memory of Colin MacLean. The commemoration celebrates Colin MacLean’s immense contribution to youth music in Scotland for more than four decades. It is thanks to continuing legacies and donations that the Trust is able to help the young musicians of NYOS.

“I am honoured and privileged to receive the Colin McLean award. It will greatly assist in funding my postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music in London. It was NYOS that inspired me to be a professional musician back when I joined the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland at 12 years old. NYOS has been a huge part of my musical journey and I've thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity. This award will allow me to push the extra step towards my dream of being a professional horn player.” Diana Sheach (French horn), 2017 recipient of the Colin MacLean Bursary Fund.

“I am delighted that Diana is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Colin MacLean Bursary. She is an exceptional musician, and I have no doubt has a promising career ahead of her. Diana has been a longstanding member of the NYOS family, having played in the Children’s and Symphony orchestras, with NYOS Camerata and has been a featured concerto soloist with the Junior Orchestra. We wish her the best of luck as she enters the next stage of her studies, and we are happy to be able to assist her in this way.” Nicolas Žekulin, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of NYOS