Aberdeen Bach Choir is a locally registered charity originally founded in 1913 by Charles Sanford Terry. An ensemble of professional and local members of the public, the choir consists of over a hundred singers and performs two main recitals a year, usually in St. Machars Cathedral in Old Aberdeen.


The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship is available for the 2016-17 academic year and is valued at £1,000.
The scholarship will be awarded to a University of Aberdeen undergraduate or postgraduate student of conducting talent.
The James Lobban Conducting Scholarship was created in memory of the late James Lobban, who was an eminent conductor of the Aberdeen Bach Choir. A graduate of Aberdeen University, Mr Lobban went on to become a Principal teacher of Music at local academies and Principal Examiner in Music for Scotland. He was a dedicated member of St. Machar’s Cathedral Choir for many years, initially singing bass before being promoted to Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral, a role he held until his death.
It is expected that the successful scholar should normally be able to attend all Bach Choir rehearsals, should work closely with the Musical Director and be called upon from time to time to conduct an agreed section of the programme. It is expected that the recipient will be able to sing with the choir when not conducting. The successful candidate will normally be expected to contribute to the direction of a university ensemble as determined by negotiation with the Head of Music.


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of musical conducting talent. The scholarship is open to Aberdeen University undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is to be as inclusive as possible and is not restricted to Music students alone.


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Application Procedure

To apply, please submit:
- a CV including details of previous conducting experience
- two references from referees able to comment on their potential as conductors, as well as on their general musicianship.

Please submit the above to:

Mr Euan Crabb
Administrator of Music
Room 003
MacRobert Building
University of Aberdeen
AB24 5UA

Scholarship selection will be made via application, interview and audition. Audition will be judged by the relevant selection panel, of which will include a representative of the Aberdeen Bach Choir, normally its current musical director. This will take place in early September 2016.


29th of July 2016

Further Info

Informal enquiries should be directed to Mr Euan Crabb, Music (email:   tel: 01224 272570).


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