Concert and Event Schedule


Sunday, April 29 2018 7.45pm St Machar’s Cathedral

Lo Sposalizio: 17th Century Venetian Music

The April 2018 performance will be a concert to celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Venice’s annual carnival and ceremonial Marriage to the Sea. The concert will feature sacred, secular and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Rovetta, and contemporaries, as the choir presents a musical reconstruction of this event as it might have sounded in the 1630s. The choir will be accompanied by the specialist period instrument group, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, and continuo will be provided by theorbo players. There will be ancient Venetian cornett fanfares, plainsong, and multi-part choral music from one of the richest genres of choral music and one of the most exhilarating periods of musical history.

Sagbutt December 2014

sagbutt player December 2014

To give you a flavour of what you will hear, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts appear on this promotional video for the Dunedin Consort's recording of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. John Butt, who narrates the video and directed the Dunedin Consort in the recording, is one of our Patrons.

Tickets are now on sale from Choir members and from Aberdeen Box Office: £15, £12 concession, £5 students, under 16 free.


 Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm St Machar’s Cathedra

Handel: Israel in Egypt

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

1867 Edward Poynter - 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.


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 2019-2020 are 

28 April and 1 December 2019

26 April and 6 December 2020