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What better place to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than in St Andrews? A beautiful if freezing cold day showed St Andrews off at its best. What a wonderful chapel the university has – St Salvator’s is a beautiful jewel set in the middle of the town. The choir had an excellent day, this time capably led by the RSCM Head of Choral Studies, Adrian Lucas in his first outing with the choir, ably accompanied as usual with Kevin Duggan on the very colourful organ! Our thanks also to the Rev Samantha Ferguson for making us feel so welcome, and for leading the service. Even more encouraging was the attendance of a good number of worshippers in the congregation, many coming from other events in their kilts! I am sure this will be a venue we will be returning to in the future!

Our next outing will be back in the capable hands of our own Musical Director, Frikki Walker, with Kevin accompanying again, this time in Glasgow Cathedral (Church of Scotland) with a special Choral Evensong for the Eve of Candlemas on 1 February 2020. Looking forward to yet another new location to sing in.

St Andrews Choral Evensong

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews

We are out on our travels once again in just a couple of weeks – to the historic and beautiful coastal city of St Andrews. We’re visiting the gorgeous university chapel of St Salvator’s and celebrating Choral Evensong at 4pm on 30 November. Fittingly, we’re celebrating St Andrew’s Day in St Andrews, so no surprises what the focus for the day will be! The music includes Justorum animae (Stanford), Morland Responses (Ellis), Walmisley in D minor and Give us the wings of faith (Bullock). We are delighted to have Adrian Lucas, RSCM’s Head of Choral Studies, with Kevin Duggan once again accompanying us, and the service led by the Rev. Samantha Ferguson. If you are in the area, we would love to see you, so please come along and enjoy the service and say “Hi” to us afterwards. Full details on the choir at our website www.RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk.

26 – October Choral Evensong at Glasgow University

RSCM Scottish Voices is delighted to be celebrating Choral Evensong at the Memorial Chapel in Glasgow University on Saturday 26 October. For the choir, this is our first outing to this location, so it is a special event for us. The multi-lingual music promises to be worth coming along to hear: Bruckner’s Locus Iste (in Latin), and Glinka’s Cherubic Hymn (in Russian) . If you’re in the vicinity, and would like 45 minutes or so to rest from the day to day turmoil, or the Saturday shopping, please come along – we would be delighted to see you and meet you after the service. Glasgow University Memorial Chapel at 4pm on Saturday 26 October – put it in your diary.

STOP PRESS: We are really keen to talk to any tenors who would like to join our friendly choir. We only meet 6 times a year, and have a wonderful residential weekend, so there is no weekly rehearsal. If you’re interested, please contact the administrator on our website at RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk or via email to administrator@RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk. We’d love to chat.

Evensong in the Granite City

A great way to start off this year with an excellent selection of music – Bairstow’s “Blessed City, Heavenly Salem”, Clucas’ responses, Batten’s “O sing joyfully” with the (evidently not so in demand from music publishers!) Ayleward’s “Short Evening Service”. The hospitality and friendliness was excellent, and Professor Andrew Morrisson was on hand to advise and help, which made all the difference. Capably led by Frikki Walker and accompaniment – including some constrained improvisations – this was a warm, friendly start to the new season, and we were delighted to have three new members out with us for the first time.

Our next outing is just over 1 month away – 26 October in Glasgow University’s Memorial Chapel with Choral Evensong at 4pm. Music will include pieces by Bruckner and Glinka.

If you wish to know more about the choir – pop along to their website at www.RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk to find out more about us.

21 September – The Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Aberdeen

Starting into our 2019-2020 year, RSCM Scottish Voices is delighted to be returning to Aberdeen, to The Cathedral Church of St Andrew, with Choral Evensong on Saturday 21 September at 4.00pm. This service is, as with all our outings, open to the public – there will be wonderful music and the service will be led by the Cathedral Provost, The Very Reverend Dr Isaac Poobalan.

Please come along and join us in this beautiful service, and feel free to chat to us after the service. If you would like to join the choir, please contact our Administrator via our website at www.RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk. We are especially keen to hear from any tenors or basses out there.

The music in the service in the Cathedral includes:

Introit: O Sing Joyfully – Adrian Batten
Responses: Humphrey Clucas
Canticles: Ayleward Short Service
Anthem: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem – Sir Edward Bairstow
 
Our Musical Director for the day is the well known Frikki Walker (Organist and Director of Music, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow) and our accompanist, also well known, is Kevin Duggan (Director of Music, Dunblane Cathedral).

Upcoming Events in 2019

Just a short update. Our members will be coming together for a weekend of music and socialising on their residential course at the beginning of August. Still some places available in the choir – especially alto and tenor – if you are considering joining us for next year. Please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Our next public outing has been moved from 14 September, forward one week to 21 September. Same place – St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Aberdeen. More details to follow after the residential.

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.

 

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