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Serving God Through Active Praise

Music is a vital and vibrant aspect of Cathedral life.  Serving God through active praise, adoration and meditational music, the Liturgy is enhanced in accordance with the promulgations and decrees of the Church.  Supporting and extending congregational singing, musicians and singers embrace a rich variety of musical styles from chant, including sung introits and communion antiphons and solemn vespers to Polish traditional music, African music and more contemporary styles of liturgical praise.

Cathedral Director of Music

This is a key post in the life of the Cathedral, ensuring that the highest possible standards of liturgical music are planned and prepared in accordance with liturgical requirements and priorities.  The post demands a wide range of responsibilities including collaborative working with clergy, and all those involved with the organisation and preparation of the liturgy; serving on a wide range of relevant local and national committees and ensuring that all those serving in the ministry of music feel well supported.

The post is currently held by Dr Shelagh Noden who read music at Cambridge where she held the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music and later took her Phd in Post Reformation Scottish Catholic Music at the University of Aberdeen where she is a part time member of staff.

Cathedral Organist

Ronald Leith has been organist of St Mary's Cathedral since 1973 and has served under four Bishops and seven Administrators. Born in Aberdeen, he studied organ at the Royal College of Music in London and has broadcast on Radio 3 many times, as well as giving many recitals in the UK and abroad. In 1978, the Sanctus, Acclamation and Great Amen of his Elphinstone Mass was selected to be sung at the Papal Visit to Scotland in 1978 at Bellahouston Park. Other music has included the Mass for the 125th Anniversary of the Cathedral in 1985. Ronald is especially fond of the magnificent historic organ built by James Connacher for the Cathedral in 1887, one of the few large instruments by this builder now in existence.

Ronald was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontificate Papal medal on the Feast of Saint Stephen 2013, by Bishop Hugh Gilbert, for over forty years outstanding and distinguished service to the Church.

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir comprises Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices and performs each Sunday at 11.15am Mass. Rehearsals are held at 10.15am in the Upper Hall.  Although we have a core of regular singers we recognise that some people are unable to attend every week. If you are interested in joining us to lead and support the Cathedral Choir please contact the Director of Music on music@cathedral-abdn.org

Six O'Clock Music Group

As the name implies this group of singers and instrumentalists sing and play every Sunday evening. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings after the 7pm Mass and on Sundays from 4.30pm to 6pm in the Cathedral. There is a particular need for musicians at the present time.

The group performs a wide range of musical styles. If you would like further information please contact John Costaschuk: john.costaschuk@googlemail.com

The African Choir

The mission of the African Catholic Choir is to bring a taste of African musical vibrance and energy to the Catholic community in Aberdeen. New members are always welcome and experience/knowledge of singing is not required. Meeting times are Wednesday 6pm-8pm and Saturday 6pm-8pm at the Cathedral Upper Hall.

All enquiries to: africanchoir@email.com

Polska Schola

Schola to nie tylko spiew i muzyka. To przede wszystkim ludzie, którzy ja tworza, a wiec radosc ze wspólnych spotkan i nawiazanych przyjazni. Na chwale Boga spiewamy juz kilka lat. Jestesmy otwarci na wszystkich pragnacych z nami wielbic Boga spiewem i muzyka. Jesli potrafisz spiewac albo grac na jakims instrumencie i masz troche wolnego czasu - dolacz do nas, bo "ten, kto spiewa, dwa razy sie modli". Wiecej informacji udziela Izabela Siten-Gach (znajdziesz ja na Facebooku).

Musica Caeli

 

Spanish Choir

 

Aberdeen Diocesan Choir

Established in 2001, the Aberdeen Diocesan Choir sings for special Diocesan events including ordinations, the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Pluscarden Abbey and a Service of Readings and Carols each December. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in the Cathedral Upper Hall. Want to find out more? Feel free to contact the Music Director or Secretary.
Music Director: Elizabeth Meiklejohn: musicdirector@aberdeendiocesanchoir.com   
Secretary: Paula Silvester: enquiries@aberdeendiocesanchoir.com  
Website: aberdeendiocesanchoir.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenDiocescanChoir/

Concerts and Recitals

From time to time the Cathedral building is sought as a venue for music recitals and concerts. All enquiries to the Director of Music: music@cathedral-abdn.org.