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Update 26/5/2022

Our term has now ended. Rehearsals will commence again on Wed 31 August 2022 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  

We’re an established choir but open to exploring new ideas and fresh directions.

Please can you help with our search?

Inverurie Choral Society is looking for a new Director of Music.

We seek a graduate/post-graduate musician with a qualification/interest in Vocal Tuition, who would like to progress their musical career development, by directing a local Choir such as ours. Keyboard skills for our weekly practices and the occasional informal performances would be an advantage.  We do “buy in” an accompanist for formal concerts, but do not at present have a weekly accompanist.    A fee is payable per rehearsal. 

Applications are invited from musicians with appropriate qualifications. A recently qualified person who is looking to develop experience as MD is certainly welcome to apply.  A letter of application with CV attached can be submitted immediately, or by 2 July 2022 at the latest

by email to

inveruriechoral@gmail.com

or by post to

Inverurie Choral Society, c/o 7, Cuninghill Road, Inverurie, AB51 3TS.

A practical interview will be arranged early August.  We’re proud to say that we sang throughout Lockdown, with performances replaced by Zoom sing-throughs and a couple of Zoom recordings.  Now, we are back to meeting on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm during school terms, in the West Church Hall, Inverurie. The new term will start on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

ICS is a small SATB Choir, usually with approximately 30 members.  Founded by John Hearne, our first Director of Music in 1998, Moira Hunter took over in 2005, with a year’s input from Paul Tierney during Moira’s absence, and Gordon Jack has been with us since January 2019. We like to sing an eclectic selection from the classical and contemporary choral repertoire, everything from Madrigals to Vaudeville, Mozart to Jenkins, and more.  We put on a Christmas and Summer Concert each year and we enjoy performing occasionally for Care and Retirement homes, and in Charity fundraising events.  

If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us as our new Director of Music, would you please pass on this information to them?  Id be very happy to discuss the post informally with folk interested in applying.

Our new website is:    inveruriechoral.com

Our email is:        inveruriechoral@gmail.com

Landline: 01467 620441  Text or WhatsApp  07801 815323

With many thanks to you for your help!

Maeve – Chair

On Saturday 23 April 2022, we participated in the Sunflower Fundraising Event at the Wyness Hall in Inverurie.  It was great to be singing in public once again, in our role as Inverurie’s community choir, and not a face covering in sight!  We did a short set of popular songs, starting with three well-known pieces Old Folks at Home, Beautiful Dreamer and Oh, Susannah by Stephen Foster (1826-1864), sometimes called “The Father of American Music.” 

Old Folks at Home – Ukraine Fund Raising Singing
Beautiful Dreamer – Ukraine Fund Raising Singing

Then our special song for the day – The Willow Board – a traditional Ukrainian Tune made famous in March 2022 by the lone young fiddler playing it in a bunker, and 94 violinists across the world then taking it up as a virtual performance.  See YouTube video https://youtu.be/VCYsjcOrK7U    Inverurie Choral Society sing it as “The Willow Board.”  Although the words don’t relate to the current situation in the Ukraine, the melody captures exactly the heavy sadness and despairing hope that is very much a feature of how we are responding to the news of what is happening there just now.

Oh  Susannah – Ukraine Fund Raising Singing

We finished with some of our favourite traditional Scottish pieces, all arranged by our MD Gordon Jack:  The Selkirk Grace, sung as a rousing round;  The beautiful  and romantic Ye Banks and Braes, Robert Burns’s words set to an old tune;  and Auld Lang Syne, also Burns’s words set to a traditional tune. 

Willow Board – Ukraine Fund Raising Singing

Fancy joining us?  If you think you would enjoy singing with us, please email us on:  inveruriechoral@gmail.com

Always on the look-out for new singers, we have room for any of you Sopranos, Altos, Tenors (especially tenors!) and Basses who would like to come and give us a try!   We meet at 7.30 pm in the West Church Hall, Inverurie, AB51 3SA, on Wednesday nights during the school term. There are no auditions but the ability to read music is useful.  However, Gordon provides audio tracks to aid learning the pieces, and this is a great support for folk who struggle with the dots!

Find us on Facebook and or you can contact us on:  inveruriechoral@gmail.com

Rehearsals are underway for 2022. Watch this space for Rehearsal Dates in the Future.


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Welcome to Inverurie Choral Society!

What do we do?

We are a friendly and welcoming bunch of folk who enjoy singing together every week under the baton of Gordon, our MD, putting on concerts at Christmas and in June, as well as giving performances in community settings and public places, especially around Christmas. 

We also enjoy a bit of socialising, everything from joining fellow singers for a coffee or a pint, to a celebration party, BBQ or a Burns Supper.

Collaboration with Inverurie Orchestra has been a particular treat, most recently with a full performance in 2018 at Inverurie Town Hall of Haydn’s ‘Creation’

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We are always open to new members!

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Always on the look-out for new singers to join us, we have room for any sopranos, altos, tenors (especially tenors!) and basses who would like to come and give us a try!


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INVERURIE CHORAL: A BRIEF HISTORY

Based in Aberdeenshire in Scotland’s North-East

Inverurie Choral Society has been going since 1998 and welcomes singers of all voices, abilities and ages into our practice and performances!

As our constitution says, somewhat formally, we aim to promote, develop and maintain knowledge and enjoyment of choral music “in all its aspects, by the presentation of public choral works and concerts for, and in, the community.”

True to this, we have over the years sung a broad range of music, from the Karl Jenkins Requiem to the Vivaldi Gloria, and from John Hearne’s “The Seagull” to Paul Mealor’s “Wherever You Are”

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Musical Directors Past and Present…

Our original Musical Director was John Hearne, followed for a further ten years by Moira Hunter, who was aided for a couple of years by Paul Tierney.

We have been so lucky to have had access to these talented musicians who have all helped the choir to develop both vocally and musically.

Our present and equally talented Musical Director,
Gordon Jack, has been in charge of us since January 2019.

He is singing teacher, music educator, performer and conductor. An honours BA in Music Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he holds two Post-Graduate Certificates in Trumpet and Singing.

His varied singing career spans solo, vocal ensemble, choral and operatic performances. He has directed many choirs over the years, having started conducting while at RSAMD.

Currently, he teaches singing at the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen.

Pandemic considerations, unfortunately

Due to the Covid-19 government restrictions, we, like every choir in the country, are not allowed to sing together in person for the time being.  

However, we have successfully rehearsed using Zoom between June and December 2020, and we produced two recordings in December 2020:  The “Holy, Holy, Holy” from Schubert’s German Mass and the John Rutter “Nativity Carol.”


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