News

Locked down but not out

Our last live outing (a wonderful Choral Evensong at St Bride’s Church, Glasgow) took place just before the first lockdown in March. We had great plans for the remainder of 2020: a weekend residency at York Minster, concerts in East Lothian and Glasgow’s West End Festival, and our 40th Anniversary Choral Evensong, again at St Bride’s. However, we have moved successfully to weekly online Zoom rehearsals. These are a great mix of vocal training, learning a variety of music with a view to future performances, and also some fun social activities such as quizzes and a Halloween extravaganza! We also made our very first virtual recording, which you can view below. We have plans to make more recordings, so watch this space..! If you are interested in joining the choir, we would love to hear from you. Email our Musical Director, Alan Tavener, at conductor@strathclydechoir.org We look forward to seeing you online!

Honour for Musical Director

Choir members were delighted to learn that our Musical Director, Alan Tavener, was honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020 with a BEM, awarded for services to Scottish choral music. This comes in addition to his award of Honorary Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music, conferred in 2015 for his ‘considerable contribution to church music in Scotland, particularly his ecumenical approach’.

2019-20 season

We had another varied and busy season, involving concerts, church and cathedral services, carol singing and fundraising events – and more world premieres. Details are below:

Tuesday 10 September 2019 – weekly rehearsals resume

Sunday 3 November – afternoon mass at St Columbkille’s, Rutherglen

Sunday 24 November – St Andrew’s Day multi-faith service, Cathcart Old Church

Saturday 30 November to Sunday 1 December – Carol singing at Ikea, Braehead

Wednesday 11 December – Carols by Candlelight concert, Cathcart Old Church

Friday 13 December – Carols by Candlelight – Church of St Charles Borromeo

Wednesday 19 February 2020 – evening concert, Irvine Burns Club

Sunday 15 March – choral evensong, St Bride’s Church, Hyndland

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March – choral residency at York Minster

Sunday 26 April – afternoon concert, St Mary’s Church, Haddington

Friday 5 June – West End Festival evening concert