Helensburgh Oratorio Choir is a charity registered in Scotland, number: SC003942.

Annual Reports

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Choir Information

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  • The choir held its AGM on 10 September 2019. Susannah Wapshott’s report can be downloaded here: 

  • Susannah Wapshott took up the baton as the Choir’s 6th Music Director in January 2019 and her first concert with the Choir was Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in May 2019. Soloists were Jeni Bern, Bethan Langford, Tyler Clarke, Dingle Yandell and Euan Kemp from Scottish Opera’s production of The Magic Flute.

  • The Choir gave several concerts under Martin’s successor, Jonathon Swinard. Notable concerts were Mendelssohn’s Elijah and an acclaimed performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue in December 2018, with the composer himself accompanying with his jazz trio. Several members then travelled to New York to perform the Mass in Blue with many other choirs in a performance at the Lincoln Center.

  • The choir's final concert under the baton of Martin Speller took place on Saturday 21 May 2016 in Wellington Church in Glasgow. The programme included the Fauré Requiem. ​Martin’s first concert was in November 1993 and included the Kodaly Missa Brevis and Durufle Requiem.
     

  • On Saturday 4 October 2014 the choir gave a recital concert in St Augustine's Church, Dumbarton, raising £400 for Enable Scotland, a charity which was celebrating its 60th anniversary year.
     

  • Members of the choir have often given recitals of carols in Hill House at Christmas time, as part of the National Trust for Scotland's special festive opening of the property. Photos appear in the Picture Gallery.​
     

  • The 50th anniversary of the choir's foundation was marked by a performance of Brahms Requiem on 24th November 2013.
     

  • On Sunday 19th May 2013 the choir performed a recital programme in The Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling. This concert was recorded and members are encouraged to listen to the performance on the CDs which has been circulated by the stewards. The musical director prepared (in March 2014) some comments, highlighting areas where the choir's intonation needs to be improved and you can view or download these here: Holy Rude crit.
     

  • In the Helensburgh and Lomond Community Spirit Awards 2010, the Choir was awarded a finalist's certificate under the Lifetime Achievement Award, reflecting the choir’s ongoing contribution to the civic life of the area. Walter Smith presented the awards at a ceremony in the Victoria Halls on Monday 26 April 2010 and our chairman accepted the certificate on behalf of the choir. A photo of the certificate appears in the Picture Gallery.​​