The elite university choral circuit is dominated by crack Oxbridge choirs, but here’s one from Aberdeen.’ (The Arts Desk review of Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen, O Sacrum Convivium)
The Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen is made up of 18 choral scholars who sing at weekly services in King's College Chapel on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and at other special services, such as the popular Carol Service held each year in St Machar’s Cathedral. They are the successors to the original Vicars Choral appointed by Bishop Elphinstone at the foundation of the University in 1495 to sing the Daily Office.
Today’s repertoire ranges from plainchant and early polyphony, which would have been familiar to Elphinstone’s contemporaries, to new works specially written for the choir by staff and postgraduate composers. The ecumenical nature of worship in Chapel enables the choir to sing music from many different traditions. The Chapel has an organ of international distinction by the French builder Bernard Aubertin.
Chapel Music is directed by the Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music, Prof David J Smith. As well as the singers, there is a Postgraduate Organ Scholar and a David Gordon Memorial Organ Scholar, who is an undergraduate student. On occasion the choir is directed by distinguished visiting musicians such as Ralph Allwood and James O’Donnell.
Follow the link below for information about the choir’s debut album, O Sacrum Convivium, released on Vox Regis on 27 May 2016.