Welcome to Aberdeen Choral Society
Performing choral music for the people of Aberdeen for over 60 years.
Rehearsals for Messiah recommence September 2016
Thank you to all who attended the very successful workshop with Paul Mealor on Saturday 23 April 2016
Thanks also to Paul and all who helped organise this.
First Musical Director and Conductor
Sheriff David Henderson, Jeweller and Senior Baillie of Aberdeen Town Council in 1946, was the first Musical Director and Conductor of The Society. He formed Aberdeen Choral Society with choir members of Beechgrove Church and the West Church of St Andrew, now the Langstane Church, where he was organist.
The Society was founded for the study, rehearsal and public performance of choral music. The 1946 Constitution listed amongst its aims: "The Society is not conducted for profit and its aims are solely of a cultural, educative and recreational nature" and"...to promote the love of good music as a cultural influence in the life of the City of Aberdeen and to afford an opportunity for young people to continue their study of choral music after their school days are over."
Since those early days two concerts have been presented every year consisting of an annual performance of Handel's Messiah in the week before Christmas and a second concert in March drawn from the choral works of leading composers. The choir maintains a membership of over 100 and has always enjoyed a wide following in the city and the surrounding area.
Top solo artists with national and international reputations have performed alongside the choir at the concerts. For some years now the Grampian Sinfonia Orchestra, composed of many talented musicians from the Aberdeen area has accompanied the choir.
Our Musical Director is Alistair MacDonald, M.A., Associate Teaching Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Alistair has been our conductor for over 25 years.