Concert and Event Schedule


 Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm St Machar’s Cathedral

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Aberdeen Bach Choir
Musical Director Peter Parfitt

Aberdeen Sinfonietta
Leader Bryan Dargie

David Gerrard and Alison MacDonald Continuo

Elinor Rolfe Johnson Soprano
Phillipa Thomas Alto
Ronan Busfield Tenor
James Williams Bass

First ever performance by Aberdeen Bach Choir of George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egypt.

Israel in Egypt

This oratorio draws directly on passages from the Old Testament. The 1739 premiere was not well received, and Handel immediately set about to revise the work. It is now a favourite worldwide, not least because of the intense and almost operatic drama Handel brings to the music, both for the double chorus and for the SATB soloists.

Tickets are now on sale from Choir members and from Aberdeen Performing Arts, priced at £15 (Concessions £12, Students £5, Under 16 free).


28 April 2019 7:45 p.m. St Machar's Cathedral

As part of the refurbishment of the Cathedral, and with financial support from Aberdeen Bach Choir, the Willis organ has been refurbished and returned to its original configuration. This concert is in part a celebration of the part played by the church organ in 19th and early 20th century religious music, and includes works by a number of significant composers. The programme includes works by Elgar, Howells, Pårt, Parry, Finzi, Ireland and Vaughan Williams. In complete contrast, it will open with the triumphant anthem Zadok the Priest by Handel, arranged for choir and organ. The Choir will be accompanied by David Gerrard, and the concert will also feature two organ solos performed by Dr Roger B Williams, M.B.E., Director of Music and Organist to the Cathedral Church of St Machar, Old Aberdeen.

Handel Zadok the Priest

Ireland Greater Love

Howells Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St Paul)

Pärt The Beatitudes

Organ Solo

Parry Blest Pair of Sirens

Gowers Viri Galilei

Vaughan Williams Let All The World (from Five Mystical Songs)

Finzi God is Gone Up

Bainton And I Saw a New Heaven

Hadley My Beloved Spake

Organ Solo

Elgar Give Unto the Lord

Howells Like as the Hart

Walford Davies Grace to You, and Peace

Parry I Was Glad


Our regular concerts are held twice yearly in St Machar's Cathedral, normally on the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in December. Projected dates for the second concert in 2019 and the two performances in 2020 are 

1 December 2019

26 April and 6 December 2020