Great church buildings have always been associated with great music, and choral music in particular. At Dunblane Cathedral we strive to match our inspirational architecture with inspirational music.
We have a choir of trebles (children) and adults, one of the finest pipe organs in the country and thriving handbell groups.
Dunblane Cathedral Choir is a busy, lively group consisting of a wide cross section of the congregation and also covering a wide age range. Its main function is to lead the praise at a Sunday morning service, singing an introit, an anthem and sometimes also an offertory. We often sing at weddings if requested, and occasionally give concerts of both sacred and secular music.
The choir goes on a major tour every three years or so. Previous tours have been to Germany, Ireland, and, in England, Wells, Chichester, and Ripon Cathedrals and York Minister. Members of the adult choir had a trip to Ireland, Italy, Latvia and latterly Denmark in 2019.
The choir has been asked to take part in several BBC broadcasts over the years, including a Christmas Watchnight Service from Rosslyn Chapel, and Songs of Praise from Dunblane Cathedral.
The choir is also often asked to sing at special concerts in the Cathedral and elsewhere. For example, the Treble Choir sang in a performance of Bach's St Matthew's Passion, with the Rosenethe Singers and the Scottish Bach Players.
There is a treble choir and an adult choir. The treble choir has both boys and girls aged 7 to 14. They rehearse in the Cathedral Halls each Thursday from 6.30pm until 8.15pm. The adult choir joins them on Thursdays and rehearses in the Cathedral Halls from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Sunday School for the Treble Choir is held every Sunday morning. The Treble choir Sunday School meets briefly at 9.25am before going to the Sunday School, and then attend the main service at 10.30am.
The choir practices are not held during the summer school holidays (end of June to mid-August) and during this time the choir sing from their repertoire, depending on availability of choir members during the holiday season.
We would love to have you join us and sing with the choir - you and/or your family members if interested. We do have vacancies in some areas, particularly tenors and basses. If you wish to have a meeting with our Director of Music, Kevin, please click here and fill in the form to arrange a chat.
For more information about the Choir, or to communicate with the Director of Music, click here to contact the Music, Organist and Choirmaster.
|5 January||Rutter: God be in my head||Harris: KIng of Glory|
|12 January||Stone: The Lord's Prayer||Ouseley: From the rising of the sun|
|19 January||Bruckner: Locus Iste||Brahms: How lovely are thy dwellings|
|26 January||Purcell: Hear my prayer, O God||Stanford: Beati quorum via||
|2 February (Candlemas)||Tallis: O Nata Lux||Stanford: Nunc Dimittis in Bb|
|9 February||Ford: Almighty God||Holst: Turn back O Man|
|16 February||Trad: Wa, wa, wa emimimo||Macmillan: A new song|
|23 February (Communion)||Tallis: Verily, verily||Britten: Antiphon||Haydn: Benedictus; Duggan: Agnus Dei|
|1 March||Lord Jesus, think on me||Gibbons: Drop, drop slow tears|
|8 March||Purcell: Thou knowest, Lord||Howells: Like as the hart|
|15 March||Britten: Corpus Christi Carol (solo)||Bairstow: Though I speak with the tongues of men|
|22 March (with Junior Choir)||Howells: Magnificat (Collegium Regale)|
|29 March||Elgar: Ave Verum||Bárdos: O languens Jesu|
|5 April (Palm Sunday)||Gibbons: Hosanna||Morgan: Palm Sunday antiphon||Rossini: O salutaris hostia|
|5 April (Choral Evensong)||Smith responses, Psalm 142, Walmisley in D minor, Weelkes: Hosannah|
|9 April (Maunday Thursday)||Ives: Ubi caritas|
|10 April (Good Friday)||Leighton: Solus ad victimam|
|12 April (Easter Sunday)||Bach: Up, up, my heart||Arr. Jackson: Lord of the dance||Stanford: Ye choirs of new Jerusalem|
|19 April||Arr. Spedding: 'Tis the day of Resurrection||Ley: The strife is o'er|
|26 April||Arr. Jacob: Brother James' Air||Bairstow: The King of Love|
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