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Hexham Abbey – Cancellation

In light of the current unforeseen and unique circumstances, the RSCM have cancelled all events up to Sunday 7th June, at least. Unfortunately, it is with great regret that I therefore have to say that the highlight of our year, the trip to Hexham Abbey planned for 16 May 2020, has had to be cancelled. We will try to rearrange this at some time in the future.

Our next public outing will therefore be 19 September 2020 in Paisley Abbey – assuming normality in some form has crept back into our lives.

Thank you for your support this year, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Keep safe!

Dunfermline Abbey cancellation

Regrettably, in light of the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel this outing. The health of our choir, the Dunfermline Abbey ministry and music team, and our congregation is paramount.

Our thanks go out to the support of Rev MaryAnn Rennie, Matthew Beetschen and the Dunfermline Abbey Kirk Session who so willingly welcomed our request – hopefully we will return in the not too distant future.

Our next outing will be hopefully in May at Hexham Abbey.

Dunfermline Abbey – 14 March 2020

After a very successful outing in a very cold Dunblane Cathedral (boiler had broken down!) with a very friendly reception and kind praise for the service afterwards, we are off to hopefully warmer climes in the beauty of Dunfermline Abbey.

With Frikki Walker once again at the helm, we are joined by the resident Director of the Music at the Abbey, Matthew Beetschen for our Choral Evensong. Music will include Brewer’s Prevent us O Lord; the Smith responses; Bairstow in D, and Frikki’s own Lead Kindly Light, and the service will be led by the Rev MaryAnn Rennie.

If you are in the Dunfermline area on Saturday 14 March, the service is at 4pm, and you would be very welcome to come along to the service – we’d be delighted to see you.

If you’re interested in our choir and what we are doing, full details are on our website – www.RSCMscottishVoices.org.uk – where you can also find out about joining the choir by contacting our Administrator. We are always looking for keen, competent singers who would like to join us in our outings.

Candlemas Eve at Dunblane

Many thanks for all your support today at a freezing cold Dunblane Cathedral….the heading was booked and meant to be on, but there was a breakdown of the boiler, hence the baltic conditions! It maybe wasn’t quite as cold in the nave as this picture from the 1800s shows, but it certainly felt like it! 😀

Historic Environment Scotland had an engineer out while we were robing up and choir members probably heard (and felt!) the fans coming on in the church during the service. However, the chill did not seem to affect the quality of our singing for the service, and there were loads of compliments about the singing and the entire service from what was a sizeable audience for a Saturday afternoon in the Cathedral. Thanks as always to Frikki Walker for his superb, inspirational leadership, and to Kevin Duggan for his fine playing, making the all-manual Fentrop organ spring into life.

Next outing will be Dunfermline Abbey on 14 March…watch this space!

RSCM Scottish Voices Choral Evensong

We are delighted to be back in Dunblane Cathedral on Saturday 1 February 2020 with a special Choral Evensong for Candlemas Eve at 4pm. The service will be led by the Rev. Colin Renwick, the minister at Dunblane Cathedral, with the choir led by Frikki Walker and accompanied by Kevin Duggan on the Flentrop organ, his home instrument. The music includes: Eccard’s When to the temple Mary went, the Ayleward responses, David Bevan’s marvellous Magnificat Octavi Toni, Holst’s Nunc Dimittis and Philips’ Hodie Beata Virgo. If you’re in the Dunblane area and have 45 minutes or so to chill in the beautiful surroundings of Dunblane Cathedral, please come along and join with us – it would give us great pleasure to see you there.

P.S. If you are interested in joining the choir, and singing with us in some of the stunning churches, abbeys and cathedrals in Scotland and northern England, please contact the Choir Administrator on the website www.RSCMScottishVoices.org.uk. We’d love to hear from you.

First outing for 2020

For our first outing for 2020 we are delighted to have Choral Evensong to celebrate Candlemas. There has been a change of venue to Dunblane Cathedral, but the service is still on Saturday 1 February, at 4pm. With music including the Ayleward Responses, Eccard’s Presentation of Christ in the Temple (When to the Temple Mary went), Philips’ Hodie Beata Virgo Maria, Bevan’s Magnificat Octavi Toni, and Holst’s Nunc Dimittis, capably directed by Frikki Walker, and Kevin Duggan superbly accompanying on his home instrument, this proves to be a superb outing.

If you are in the Dunblane area, please come along – we would love to have you worshipping through music with us.

We have also had an Administration meeting to discuss plans after August 2020 – watch this space for announcements later in the year for future visits!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As we come to the end of this year and one which, for many among us, including our members, has been an eventful one, may we take this opportunity to wish you well. We will be back together at Glasgow Cathedral on 1st February – more details in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members, ex-members and followers of RSCM Scottish Voices. Have a wonderful time!

St Andrews²

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.

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