Musical Information and Events
Music in our Sunday worship services consists in a blend of traditional and contemporary styles. We sing hymns which celebrate our faith tradition and Psalms set to music. We also sing more modern songs which remind us that our faith is alive and ever-changing.
The Choir at Queen’s Cross sings a very varied repertoire of music, from ancient plainsong to contemporary choral pieces, from this country and some from around the world. A variety of soloists and ensembles also enrich our worship music. It is common to hear songs composed by Leonard Cohen, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mumford & Sons, Ben Rector, and John Legend.
Music at Queen’s Cross is warm and also reverent. It is formal but also fun. The variety of what is offered in our church is a source of great joy. The goal of our music is to create a space where we can celebrate God’s love, listen for God’s grace, and become more fully God’s people for this time and this place.
We continue to run informal recitals in our Sunday @ 6.30 series from September to June. These last about an hour and conclude with the audience joining the performers for a glass of wine or juice at the back of the church.
We like to provide a platform for good local musicians of all types, including jazz, and if you would like to be considered for inclusion in the schedule please contact the church office. The Music Ministry of Queen’s Cross Church seeks to provide a place where every person is encouraged to use their God-given musical talents to the glory of God and to the betterment of the community. For more information, please contact Geoffrey Atkinson, Master of Music.
YOUNG SINGERS CHORAL SCHOLARSHIP
From the church’s first service on April 18, 1881 Queen’s Cross has been known for its musical tradition, through which people have experienced and expressed faith. Building on this fine musical tradition, Queen’s Cross encourages young, local singers by offering 5 choral scholarships to Aberdeen students in Secondary 4, 5 or 6. Each scholar attends choir practice and sings at Sunday worship services. For their work and dedication, scholars receive a stipend.
The scholarship program affords participants with the opportunity to increase their musical skills, learn a varied repertoire, and gain valuable experience for the future.
Applications are accepted May – August.
If you are interested in joining the choir at Queen’s Cross Church Choir, you will be made most welcome! The choir contributes to the 10:30 am service each Sunday from September to June each year. During the summer, a less formal group sings a simple anthem during the service.
Choir rehearsals from September to June take place in the Session Room from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm each Thursday evening, as well as 9:30 am each Sunday before the service.
SUNDAY @ 6:30 CONCERT SERIES
We continue to run informal recitals in our Sunday @ 6.30 series from September to June. These performances last about an hour and conclude with the audience joining the performers for a glass of wine or juice at the back of the church. We like to provide a platform for good local musicians of all types, including jazz, and if you would like to be considered for inclusion in the schedule please contact the church office.
ABERDEEN CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS
The Sanctuary at Queen’s Cross is a warm, colourful and intimate setting for live music, and Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts is delighted to be holding concerts at the church this season. Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts is a registered charity which has been bringing great professional musicians to perform in Aberdeen at public concerts for over 80 years. A former organist at Queen’s Cross, Willan Swainson, was the founder of the organisation, as well as starting the Aberdeen Bach Choir and the Music Department in the University. On the ACM website, you can find a link which gives details of every programme that has been performed since it began in the early 1930s.
All the details of the dates, musicians, programmes and ticket prices are on the AMC website: www.aberdeenchambermusic.org
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