University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir
Professor Paul Mealor OStJ MA PhD DMus FUniv FRSA
Director of Music in Chapel
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Mr James Aburn BMus (Hons)
Ms Pavlína Škodová MA (Hons)
Mr Michael Merrill BM MMus
Mr Liam Dyker
David and June Gordon Memorial Senior Organ Scholar:
Mr Anthony White
King’s College Junior Organ Scholar:
Mr Martin Willems
The University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir is an auditioned choir comprising of 35 students from every area of study at the University of Aberdeen. From music to literature, psychology to geography and economics to medicine, the choir is made up of both postgraduates and undergraduates 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 graduations, Remembrance Sunday and 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, undergraduate and postgraduate composers at the University.
The choir have worked with many living composers including Sir James MacMillan, Lord Michael Berkeley, Judith Weir, Judith Bingham and Morten Lauridsen, and many great conductors including Simon Halsey, Stephen Layton, Christopher Bell, James Jordan, James O’Donnell, Suzi Digby, Michael Zaugg and Ralph Allwood.
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.
The choir have established an international reputation with three top selling CD recordings - one of which reached No 3 in the UK classical charts in 2017; regular broadcasts on BBC TV, BBC Radio and Classic FM, and regularly perform at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Youth Choir.
The choir tours two or three times year and have so far visited Belgium, Poland (twice: Krakow & Warsaw), Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Northern Ireland (singing as part of the Derry City of Culture), New Jersey and New York. They have sung at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh; for the Secretary of State for Education; at the North Wales International Music Festival; for HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in the throne room of Buckingham Palace and with Sir Tony Robinson and Game of Thrones star, Iain Glen in London as part of The Three Ships premiere.
The Chapel Choir is delighted to sing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II each year at Crathie Kirk, Balmoral and are honoured and delighted to sing at many Royal events in Royal Deeside and London.
Auditions for singers and organ scholars are held during fresher’s week each year.
For information on audition dates and times please contact the choir manager.
For all other information please contact the Director of Music.