St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen has been a centre of excellence in the city for choral music for many decades. A significant number of those who have been involved in music-making at the Cathedral have gone on to high-profile careers as conductors, singers and organists.
The building was closed for the first 18 months of the pandemic and is currently undergoing an extended period of restoration. At present, there is no Director of Music in post, but choral traditions continue, supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. There are opportunities for singers in all parts to be involved in singing choral evensong or other services on Sunday evenings, approximately once a fortnight. A wide repertoire of cathedral music is used, ranging in style from Tudor to contemporary. The evensong choir currently comprises university students and other adults. A preparatory rehearsal immediately before each service provides an opportunity to develop sight-reading and performance skills.
It is hoped to re-introduce choral and organ scholarships once building renovations are complete.
"I've just left the stage of the opera house having had one of the most fulfilling and rewarding musical experiences of my life, and I can honestly say I would not be here were it not for the amazing opportunity I was given when I was younger to sing in St Andrews Cathedral choir” – Iain Milne, Zürich Opera
“I didn’t have the luxury of a chorister life as a treble, so St Andrew’s Cathedral actually gave me the introduction and sparked my passion for sacred choral music.” – Dr Ed Jones, Director of Music, Wakefield Cathedral
If you would like more information, please contact St Andrew’s Music Co-ordinator, Richard Coleman via our website.