Information for prospective and new members

Welcome to Aberdeen Bach Choir. I do hope you will enjoy singing with us. The choir has been around for 60 years and we perform a wide range of music from Renaissance to new commissions. Our members have varying degrees of musical expertise. We are by no means all expert musicians or sight readers, but we define what it takes to be a choir member as:

to be able to sing accurately and in tune, with a secure sense of rhythm and be familiar with musical notation.

If that sounds like you, I am sure you will enjoy the experience of rehearsing and performing with us.

How to Join

Aberdeen Bach Choir is especially keen to recruit new singers, particularly male voices. Currently, there is no audition process - an ability to sing in tune is the minimum requirement! Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact the Membership Secretary – by email in advance. We started rehearsals for the December 2017 concert on Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 7:30 pm (till 9:30 pm) for our concert on 3 December in which we will sing Parts 1, 4, 5 and 6 with a stunning array of soloists. Rehearsals continue at the same times (with a two week break on 17 and 24 October) in High Church Hilton until Tuesday 2 November. On the following four Tuesdays, the rehearsals will take place at the same times in St Machar's Cathedral.

The yearly subscription for 2017-18 is £60 or £45 (concessions). Students are free! Newcomers are allowed two or three weeks settling in before confirming their membership and being asked to pay their subscription. There is normally a small charge for music hire, or you can buy the music for some performances. For this performance, the hire charge is £5 or you can buy a score for £9. We will be singing the work in German, using the Bärenreiter edition.

On the weekend of performances (normally on a Sunday evening in St Machar's Cathedral), the usual practice is to have rehearsals with orchestra and soloists (where applicable) on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons; sometimes the Saturday rehearsal may be in the evening. Members are expected to participate in all rehearsals (those missing more than three rehearsals must ask permission of the Musical Director to sing in the performance). Attendance at the weekend rehearsals is essential and absence will be allowed only under exceptional circumstances.

The performance will take place on Sunday 3 December 2017 at 7:45 pm in St Machar's Cathedral.

Our concert dress is formal evening attire. Gentlemen wear dinner suit, white shirt and black bow tie. If you don't have suitable clothing,please speak to Kate Mason, one of our second sopranos, who has access to a small collection of mens formal wear. Ladies wear a long black dress, or a long black skirt or evening trousers with a black evening blouse or top. If your skirt is not full length, please wear opaque black tights. If preferred, smart dress black trousers may also be worn although not in the front row. Sleeves must be at least elbow length.

Please apply perfumes and deodorants very sparingly as strong smells can disrupt some people’s breathing whilst singing. Please avoid too much bling if wearing jewellery and ladies should not wear wrist jewellery if wearing elbow length sleeves.

We like to think of ourselves as a friendly choir, and if you make yourself known to one of our Committee members (the Membership Secretary, Sandra Massey, is likely to approach any new faces who have not already contacted her), we will ensure you are introduced to someone who sings the same part as you, to help you fit in quickly. Your section representative is your first point of contact.

Section representatives

Sop 1

Sandra Massey

Sop 2

Jeanette Barclay

Alto 1

Judy Junker

Alto 2

Libby Brand





Bass 1 Fraser Westwood Bass 2 TBC