The University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir is an auditioned choir comprising of students from every area of study at the University – it is made up of both undergraduates and postgraduates alike. The choir sing at weekly services in King's College Chapel on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and at other special services, such as Remembrance Sunday, Founders’ Day and the popular Christmas Carol Service held each year in St Machar’s Cathedral. The choristers 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, undergraduate and postgraduate composers at the University. The ecumenical nature of worship in chapel enables the choir to sing music from many different traditions. Installed in 2004, the chapel has an organ of international distinction by the French builder Bernard Aubertin.
Auditions for singers and organ scholars are usually held during Freshers’ Week each year.
Director of Chapel Music: Stuart Muir