The Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society was founded in 1938 by Wilfred J. Emery, who was then the Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral. His idea was to enrich the musical life of the Cathedral and the City by performing sacred music in the space it was originally intended for, and our choir has been exploring this idea for the past 77 years. The choral society began its life as an extension of the Cathedral Choir, but is is now an entirely separate organisation with its own constitution, committee and finances.

We give three concerts each year in Glasgow Cathedral, along with performances in other venues which have included Callander, Lamlash, Langholm, Ayr, St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunlop. In 2017 we are planning to range further afield, with a concert trip to Paris!

We have become well known for our traditional New Year’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, which takes place every second year. Other major works performed in recent years include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Cantatas 4 and 140, Beatus Vir by J.C. Bach, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Nelson Mass and St. Nicholas Mass, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, and Te Deum by both Handel and Haydn.

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Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society is a Registered Scottish Charity No. SC002763.

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Soprano: Jennifer Armstrong, Natasha Basheer, Marsha Burke, Vina Burns, Gillian Farmer, Rosie Hague, Vivien Hair,   Moira MacFadyen, Elizabeth McGeever, Nami Mortimore, Doreen Riddell.

Contralto:  Ursula Altmeyer, Adrienne Girvan, Annette Holman, Lotte MacKinnon, Ellen Mawhinney, Sheila McCallum, Kathleen O’Reilly, Eleanor Owen, Hannah Owen.

Tenor:  Jim McCulloch, Drummond McNicol, Bob Towers.

Bass:  David Allan, Brian Anderson, Colin Brown, Jonathan Ensor, Alistair Laird, Sydney Maitland,  George Snowdon, Graham Robertson, Ronald Stoney,  Brian Watt,  Michael Wilson.