Member News

2022 Spring Term

Rehearsals were due to begin on Tuesday 11 January 2022 but because of the current high level of Covid infections, and because High Church Hilton had suspended public attendance at services, the committee decided to cancel the first four weeks of Spring term rehearsals, due to begin on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

2021 Autumn Term

With a relaxation in Covid regulations, the Choir resumed rehearsals in August 2021, the main aim being to ease members back into singing. Numbers were restricted and mask wearing was mandatory at rehearsals. Instead of a public performance, the Choir performed a selection of works without audience in St Machar's Cathedral on Satuerday 4 December for a video recording on YouTube.

Congratulations to our former rehearsal pianist, Jeremy Coleman, who has taken up an appointment at the University of Malta. Christopher Cromar, organist and Musical Director at St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen, took over for the Autumn 2021rehearsal season and was the organist for the YouTube recording on Saturday 4 December. Christopher is moving away and we are currently looking for a replacement.

2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 17 August at 7:30 p.m via Zoom. Pamela Hoy was elected as an Ordinary Member of the Committee and there is a vacancy for a second Ordinary Member. Finlay Smith has been appointed as Assistant Treasurer.

April 2020

Once again, Covid restrictions meant that the Choir was unable to rehearse or perform in the Spring term of 2020.

20 December 2020

With no sign of a relaxation in the Covid-19 emergency measures, the planned December 2020 public performance was cancelled. Choir members took part in a virtual Celebration of Christmas on Sunday 20 December 2020 at 7:45 p.m. (for members only). The event included lessons read by committee members and an audio recording of members singing The Shepherds' Farewell by Berlioz.

Christmas Together - a Celebration of Christmas 20 December 2020 7:45 p.m. (members only)

The poster was created by Janet Hoper – thank you Janet!  This was an invite-only event exclusively for members and family who may be with them and it took place via a Zoom video conference.  Details for joining were sent out approximately one week prior to the event, including a phone-in option for inclusivity. 

A special e-programme for the Christmas Celebration was distributed in advance of the event.  Everyone was asked to remain muted on the night in order for it to work seamlessly.

Christmas Party Sunday 6 December 2020 @ Zoom 7:45 p.m.

As an opportunity for everyone to meet for a lighter social event, our “Christmas Party” took place on Sunday 6th December (in place of our concert) at 7.45pm., in the form of a Zoom video conference. Joining details were sent out by email on Sunday 29 November. A short quiz as an opener was followed by moving participants into smaller, more manageable “rooms”, for some jovial conversation with their drink of choice. There was some freedom as to which room to enter and some “mingling” , with the facility to move rooms and mix with different people, took place during the evening. members were told to feel free to dress in all their festive finery for this!

Annual General Meeting

Our online 2020 AGM took place on Tuesday 15 September at 7:30 p.m. The following office bearers and ordinary members were elected:

Chair: Angela Slater
Secretary: Kate Graham
Librarian: Isabella Cook 
Ordinary Members: Karen Smith and Kirsten Kröger

Subscriptions were set at £30 (£22.50 concession, students free) for each half year, with the fee waived if there are fewer than seven rehearsals in the half year).

At the conclusion of the meeting, outgoing Chair Leofric Studd presented Peter Parfitt with a gift to mark the tenth anniversary as Musical Director of Aberdeen Bach Choir.

Online Reconnect Meeting

The virtual Reconnect Meeting using Zoom on Tuesday 18 August at 7:30 p.m. attracted 62 participants.

July 2020

Peter Parfitt produced a second musical quiz, based largely on recent Aberdeen Bach Choir activities.

Quiz 2 answers

May 2020

Musical Director Peter Parfitt wrote to all current and recent choir members to suggest ways of making up for the lack of rehearsals and the postponement of our April concert, including information about singing lessons and a musical quiz. read it here

Quiz 1 answers

17 March 2020

As a result of the current emergency measures being taken to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the committee has regretfully taken the decision to postpone the performance of St Matthew Passion due to take place on 26 April 2020 until the corresponding date in April 2022. In the hope that the situation will have improved by August, when rehearsals are due to start for the December performance, the plan remains to hold our next concert on Sunday 6 December, performing the Bruckner Mass in E minor and Bruckner motets - this will be kept under review.

27 August 2019

The death is announced of Graham Wiseman, conductor of Aberdeen Bach Choir between 1960 and 1967, who passed away on 25 August. Graham stepped in as guest conductor in the 50th anniversary performance of St Matthew Passion in April 2005. His funeral will take place at Perth Crematorium on Monday 2 September at 2:00 p.m.

There was a social event during the second half of the rehearsal on Tuesday 17 September in High Church, Hilton.