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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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 “Cavillé-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!