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French Organ Mass in King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen
6th October 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrant: Bishop Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney
Musical Director: Matthew Beetschen (Director of Music, Dunfermline Abbey)
Organist: Frikki Walker (Director of Music, St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow)
Setting: Messe pour les couvents – Francois Couperin
Motets: O sacrum convivium – William Byrd
Ave Verum – Richard Dering
Lauda Sion Salvatorem – Tomas Victoria
O Salutaris Hostia – Ruggiero Giovannelli
Created by the University’s founder Bishop Elphinstone, King’s College Chapel has been at the heart of the University of Aberdeen since 1505, serving as an enduring and beautiful reminder of its foundations.
The Chapel’s Crown Tower remains one of the most adored and stunning emblems of the university. Underneath it sits the equally beautiful Chapel sanctuary, a space of tranquillity, peace and remembrance.
A number of the Chapel’s original features from 1505 remain and now complement features which have been added through the centuries. The survival of the 52 original exquisitely-carved choir stalls is unique in Scotland.
Other features include a war memorial, an Aubertin organ of international distinction, a set of stunning stained glass windows and the tomb of Bishop Elphinstone. The most recent addition was a beautiful missal stand which was funded by an alumna in memory of her mother.
The Aubertin organ recreates the music of Couperin as it would have sounded on the French organs of his time.
We are delighted and honoured to have the Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney, Bishop Anne Dyer, as the celebrant for this communion mass.
If you are interested in coming to hear what will be a musical feast in a stunning location, please click here for travel. All parking is free at the weekend – click here to see where to park and where to find the Chapel.