Friday, 23 September 2011

Glasgow organ recital

At 7.30pm on Saturday 1st October 2011 our Musical Director, Frikki Walker, will give the inaugural concert of the Makin Digital Organ, recently installed in All Saints Episcopal Church, Woodend Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow G13 1QS.

The programme will be of organ classics including the wonderful Toccata and Fugue in d minor, by J S Bach.

Tickets are available on the door for a very reasonable £5 (£3 concession) so why not pop along and support Frikki and the people at All Saints.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

2012 season

The 2012 season of RSCM Scottish Voices has now been announced!  All the dates and venues are listed below, and it's all also on the "Future Services and Events" page on the right.

On Saturday 11th February we shall be singing Choral Evensong in St Ninian's Episcopal Cathedral, Perth, at 4.30pm (NB slightly later time than our normal services).

Saturday 17th March will see us give a recital at 4pm in the historic Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling.

Saturday 28th April will be Choral Evensong at 4pm in Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh.

On Bank Holiday Monday 7th May we shall be joining with other RSCM Voices choirs in a festival in the stunning surroundings of York Minster

On Saturday 19th May we will be singing Choral Evensong at 5pm in historic Dunfermline Abbey.

Saturday 16th June sees us joining other choirs from around the country when we take part in the 2012 Scottish Triennial Festival in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh..

The weekend of 10th - 12th August sees us gathering for our 2012 annual residential rehearsal weekend, which is for choir members only and doesn't feature a public performance or service.

On Saturday 29th September the choir will be singing at the wedding of one of our fellow choir members in Brodick Parish Church on the beautiful island of Arran

Saturday 10th November will see us travel the furthest south we've been in Scotland so far, when we take part in Choral Evensong in St John's Episcopal Church in Dumfries.

Full details on all of the above, including music lists, will of course be listed here as and when more information becomes available.

RSCM Scottish Voices currently has a few vacancies for singers in some parts, and in the next few months we may be arranging a series of auditions at various places round the country.  It's expected that there is likely to be a fair amount of competition for the spaces, so if you're interested in joining us for all the above dates and venues, why not get in touch now and be ahead of the field!

Saturday, 17 September 2011


There's a website called Wordle which allows you to create word clouds based on what's written on a particular site, and these word clouds give a graphic representation of what the site's all about as they give greater prominence to words the more they are used.

Our Wordle word cloud, covering I think from as far back as October 2010 but I'm not 100% sure, is below.  I think it's quite pretty and I'm glad I haven't spotted any swearwords yet!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh

On Saturday 28th April 2012 at 4pm RSCM Scottish Voices will be singing Choral Evensong in Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 39 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH, directed by Frikki Walker and accompanied on the organ by Geoffrey Woollatt.

The music will be
  • Introit: O sons and daughters (Walford Davies)
  • Responses: Clucas
  • Canticles: Murrill in E
  • Anthem: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem (Stanford
  • Final Responses (Naylor)
Old Saint Paul's is a lovely building, set just off the Royal Mile within the confines of Edinburgh's Old Town, and the choir are very much looking forward to the visit. 

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Organ and Choir

On Saturday 17th September RSCM Scottish Voices will be singing Choral Evensong at 4pm in St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow, and music will include:

Laudate Nomen Domini (Christopher Tye)
Preces and Responses (Bernard Rose)
Psalm 89
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G (Herbert Sumsion)
Faire is the Heaven (William Harris).

Click on the image on the left to see the poster in a bigger size.

The night before that however, on Friday 16th September at 7.30pm Michael Bawtree, Director of Music of Glasgow Chamber Choir, will be giving an organ recital to raise funds for the Cathedral music programme and also for the restoration of the instrument at St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Newlands, Glasgow. The programme pairs grand British music with more reflective pieces by French composers Langlais and Bonnet and JS Bach.

No tickets are needed - instead, donations will be accepted and split between the two music funds. The hour-long recital will be followed by refreshments.

If you can't make the concert, you can come to St Paul's Cathedral in London on Sunday 18 September, or Notre-Dame in Paris on Sunday 25 September where some of the same music will be on offer!

Michael Bawtree

Overture to the Occasional Oratorio
George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

Cantique (Folkloric Suite)
Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Allegro moderato (from Organ Sonata)
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fantasia in G minor Op. 136
York Bowen (1884-1961)

Nocturne (from Douze Pièces pour Grand Orgue Op. 5)
Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)

Moto ostinato (from Sunday Music)
Petr Eben (1929-2007)


SUNDAY 18 September, 4.45pm
St Paul's Cathedral, London

SUNDAY 25 September, 4.30pm
Notre-Dame de Paris, France

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Director met

Copyright © The Royal School of Church Music
This evening (well, technically last night since it's now after 1am) RSCM Scottish Voices had the pleasure of singing in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow at the Meet the Director event organised by the RSCM Scotland committee.

We had been asked by RSCM Scotland to provide some music at the start of this event, so we sang four pieces, Laudate Nomen Domini by Christopher Tye, Tree of Life by Marty Haugen and arranged by Frikki Walker, Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd, and Sanctus I and II from the Missa Brevis by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina.  Our Musical Director, Frikki Walker, was unavailable due to a prior engagement, but thankfully we have the expertise of our assistant Musical Director and Organist Richard Walmsley to call on, so he was the man in charge.  It's a great luxury having two such fine musicians to work with.

The singing went very well, I thought, and everyone seemed happy, and despite a poor turnout and a later than advertised start which kept the choir hanging around at a bit of a loose end, the evening went very well.

Lindsay Gray has been Director of the Royal School of Church Music for about three years, and comes from a background of having sung in the choirs of Kings College Cambridge and Durham Cathedral, to name but two.  A languages teacher, he was headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral school for 14 years before becoming the top man at the RSCM.  After giving us a flavour of his own background, he spoke very well on his role and that of the RSCM, touching on various resources available to affiliated choirs, before taking part in a short question and answer session with those gathered.  If you get the opportunity to hear Lindsay at a similar gathering, I'd suggest you take the chance.

Then it was on to the wine and nibbles at the back of the Cathedral, with lots of simultaneous conversations mainly centred on church music, as far as I could gather.

Then, on to the pub where six of us had a small refreshment and a couple of pizzas to stave off any stray hunger and thirst, with more chat in a less formal arena.  And a small part of the chat was when I revealed to the assembled company the existence of a Cathedral Choir Pubs website, created and run by Richard Shakeshaft who sings at Lichfield.  Have a look at it, it's a useful resource!

Hence only getting round to typing this at one in the morning!

I had been told before meeting Lindsay that he's a nice guy, but you know what?  He actually IS a nice guy!  He's in Scotland for a few days, this being day one, and hopefully despite the poor turnout for the RSCM Scotland event he at least enjoyed what RSCM Scottish Voices sang for him, I know we enjoyed singing it.

So, the next time YOU can hear us is in a little over a week, on Saturday 17th September, again in St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, when we shall be singing Choral Evensong at 4pm

Saturday, 3 September 2011

September events

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow at 4pm on Saturday 17th September is the next time you can hear RSCM Scottish Voices sing in a service.  It will be Choral Evensong, and we will be singing:

Laudate Nomen Domini (Christopher Tye)
Preces and Responses (Bernard Rose)
Psalm 89
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G (Herbert Sumsion)
Faire is the Heaven (William Harris)

Before then, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th September you'll be able to hear us very briefly if you're a personal RSCM member or a member of an affiliated choir as we perform for only a few minutes at the Meet the Director event in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow organised by RSCM Scotland when members of the RSCM can, as the title suggests, come to meet Lindsay Gray, the Director of the Royal School of Church Music, and listen to him speak about the work of the RSCM.  If it works, this link should open a PDF poster which is on the RSCM Scotland website relating to the event.  You can't just turn up, you need to register for this event and details of how to go about that are on the RSCM Scotland website.

For those who are members of RSCM and who have sight of their inhouse publication The Network you may already be aware of the Meet the Director event, but that publication wrongly states that the choir will be performing a recital, and in fact the PDF poster on the RSCM Scotland website says it's a concert.  It won't be anything like a recital or concert, it's merely us singing a few pieces at the start of the evening, and it was never going to be anything other than that!