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What a birthday celebration!

Well, what can be said about the 10th anniversary of the first outing of RSCM Scottish Voices which does not sound over the top and exaggerated? The fact is that we had a phenomenal celebration with Choral Evensong in St Giles’ Cathedral, followed by an excellent finger buffet. We had probably the largest congregation we ever have had with us at one of our services. All in all, I don’t think we could have asked for a better way to celebrate 10 years of singing to the glory of God.

Needless to say, there are a load of people to thank. St Giles’ staff who went out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel at home – Michael Harris, their Organist and Master of the Music who assisted us so much in the organisation of the event, Rebecca McKinley the new Music Coordinator who was helping us during the day, and of course Rev. Helen Alexander, Assistant Minister, for leading this special service.

Our members turned out eager and in good voice as always, this time ably augmented by 17 guests from south of the border, bringing us up to a total of 52 singers. Among these was Rosemary Field, the RSCM Deputy Director, and also one of our members, Kirsten Reid, representing the RSCM Scotland Committee, both leading us in the bible readings. With Kevin Duggan on the phenomenal Rieger organ – what a sound! – the acoustics of the combination of organ and voices were incredible.

The choir is a tribute to the vision and drive of our Musical Director, Frikki Walker, and once again he did not fail to deliver, impressing our guests and choir with his good humour and musical ability. Thank you Frikki, and everyone involved. I hope the memories of the day will remain with you.

So that’s it for this year – going out with a bang! My thanks to everyone who has made my first year as Administrator as painless as possible. For choir members, we meet next at our Residential Weekend. Our next public outing, in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, is on Saturday 14th September.

Celebrating ten years of RSCM Scottish Voices

We wrap up this membership year with our highlight event of the year – one could even say of the past 10 years! – singing Choral Evensong in the glorious St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. This beautiful setting will host not only the RSCM Scottish Voices members, but also friends from our sister Voices choirs, RSCM Voices South and RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers. Celebrating our 10th year as a choir in Choral Evensong with maestro Frikki Walker at the directorial helm, ably accompanied by Kevin Duggan on the world-famous Rieger organ, this will prove to be a thrilling outing for all.

The celebratory music really is a singer’s – and equally a congregation’s – delight, our music being from Wood, Rose, Stanford and Finzi. With the Church of Scotland General Assembly starting the following day, or if you are simply visiting Scotland’s capital, and you are in the vicinity wishing to spend 45 minutes or so with us celebrating the glory of God with sublime music, please come along – it’s free, with a voluntary retiring collection in aid of choir funds.

P.S. Don’t forget – we are still open for applications from any interested singers wishing to join our choir, particularly altos or tenors. If interested, contact our administrator via the website by clicking here.

Successful outing at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth

Yesterday the choir worshipped with Choral Evensong in the lovely acoustics of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth. With 2 new singers, and 2 guest singers, we also had a new Musical Director at the helm with Kevin Duggan, very capably accompanied on the organ – if on only one stop at times – by Steven McIntyre! 😀

Our thanks to Kevin and Steven – it is good for the choir to know that we can find a safe pair of hands in the rare circumstances when Frikki Walker, our usual Musical Director is unavailable, and it was a pleasure to again be sympathetically accompanied by Steven.

This was a very successful outing with a lush emotional soft pensiveness of the music, swelling grandly to the fortissimo acclamations echoing around the choir stalls and nave of the cathedral. The musical director and choir together made this a very enjoyable service, and we thank the Provost and staff of St Ninian’s, and look forward to a return in the future.

Now it’s full steam ahead for our 10th birthday celebrations in the beautiful St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh in May. Watch this space for details of this special event in our choir’s diary.

Next outing – St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth on Saturday 30th March


Next Saturday, the choir makes a welcome return to St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth. Choral Evensong will be at 4pm and all are welcome to join us in this service. Music from Greene, Ellis, Harwood and Bairstow, with Kevin Duggan as Musical Director and Steven McIntyre accompanying on the organ. The Provost, the Very Reverend Hunter Farquharson, will be leading this service.

This will be a lovely service with beautiful music, so if you are in the area., please come along and join with us in worship, and then please make yourself known to us – we love to meet new friends!

Additionally, in May, we will be celebrating our 10th birthday with a special Choral Evensong with invited guests from across the RSCM organisation, so please keep an eye out for further details on that. Also, have a look on our website – www.RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk for our outings in 2019/2020 and further details on the choir.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Administrator via the form on the website for further details or to answer any questions. We’re looking for more members to join us, especially altos and tenors.

 

St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth

RSCM Scottish Voices are out and about again on the last Saturday of this month, 30th March 2019, with a welcome return to St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth.

This outing we are directed by Kevin Duggan, Musical Director of Dunblane Cathedral, ably accompanied on the organ by Steven McIntyre, Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. Music will include pieces by Greene, Harwood and Bairstow, with Ellis’ Morland Responses.

Please come along if you are in Perth – we’d love to see you and you will be guaranteed a short time to disconnect from the day to day pressures of normal life, and listen to first class music.

Forthcoming dates – 2019/2020

It is with great pleasure that I can now announce our forthcoming dates up to June 2020. We hope you will put these in your diary and we can see you at some or all of these events:

  • 30 March 2019 – St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth
  • 18 May 2019 – St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh where we celebrate our 10th birthday with guests from our sister RSCM Voices choirs
  • 14 Sept 2019 – St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen
  • 26 Oct 2019 – Glasgow University Chapel
  • 30 Nov 2019 – St Andrew’s University Chapel, St Salvator, St Andrew’s
  • 1 Feb 2020 – Glasgow Cathedral
  • 14 Mar 2020 – Dunfermline Abbey
  • 16 May 2020 – Hexham Abbey

Please note that, if you have an iPhone or iPad, by clicking on this link you can add the RSCM Scottish Voices diary to your Calendar app and be kept up to date with all our outings. You can even share it with friends and family!

23/02/2019 – Vierne Mess Solennelle

St. Aloysius Church, Glasgow (2015)Well what an event last night was! Vierne’s Messe Solennelle and Tantum Ergo in St Aloysius, sung as intended within the Roman Catholic mass setting. Superbly rehearsed and led by our Choir Director, Frikki Walker, and ably accompanied by Kevin Duggan on the superb organ. The organ, a “CavillĂ©-Coll” style, built by Van den Heuvel of Amsterdam originally for the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. It was then returned to Amsterdam where it was completely refurbished before installation in 2015 in St Aloysius Church in Glasgow. And it is a marriage made in heaven for that building and equally for the music of Vierne.

With a congregation of around 100 for the Vigil Mass, their applause when we were warmly welcomed by Father Dermot, and also after the Duruflé Toccata from Suite Op 5 (so capably played by Kevin), was truly heartfelt and appreciative. Our grateful thanks are due to the St Aloysius ministerial team, administration and congregation.

We also need to thank our guest singers who augmented our choir’s men due to a number of work, family and illness issues. Thank you to Andrew Lyons, Ken Paterson, Colin Renwick and Alistair Warwick – we hope you enjoyed your all too short duration with the choir!

So now it’s onward to St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth where we celebrate evensong on 30th March with Kevin Duggan relinquishing the organ to Steven McIntyre, and instead taking over for the first time as Musical Director. More details shortly!

Vierne Vigil Mass – 23 February 2019

Starting off our 2019 programme, we are really excited to return to the beautiful ornate building and acoustics of St Aloysius’ Church in Glasgow. This will be an exciting outing, the music of Vierne being sung throughout the church’s Vigil Mass at 5.45pm.

With Frikki Walker at the helm as usual, and Kevin Duggan accompanying on St Aloysius’  new “French style” organ, we invite all to come along to the service. The music is ideal for the church, being in the style for the sound of this organ when it was written, and the beautiful choral arrangements both of which will come together superbly in St Aloysius.
 
We are well into the planning for our 2019/2020 year and will have some really exciting news about that soon. Please keep an eye out here for what we are planning.

Dunblane Cathedral closing out 2018

And so we bring the curtain down on 2018 for the choir with a trip to, for many, a familiar haunt in Dunblane Cathedral. The Parry music – especially Crossing the Bar – was beautiful in the setting as night fell.

As always, our thanks to Frikki Walker, soldiering on through a bad cold to lead and encourage the choir. We would not be the choir we are without him. And thanks also to our accompanist, Kevin Duggan, at home on his normal instrument, the Flentrop organ…with his improvisations!

A big thank you to the Dunblane Cathedral choir for so kindly supplying us with refreshments in the morning we were spoilt with coffee and cakes! Also to the Reverend Colin Renwick who led us as an excellent cantor in the Grayston Ives’ preces and responses. Add in the Wesley Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E, and we were certainly ready to sojourn to the local hostelry, the Tappit Hen, for a little light refreshment.

Our next outing will be in February with a Vigil Mass at St Aloysius in Glasgow on the 23rd at 17.45. More details closer to the time, but in the meantime, to all associated with RSCM Scottish Voices, and our social media friends, I wish you all the best over the frantic period for church choirs ahead of us, and I will be in touch again soon. In the meantime, please enjoy yourselves!

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