Like a Rainbow Shining

Words and music by Will Todd Conductor and pianist: Susannah Wapshott Saxophone: Lawrence Gill Double Bass: Tom Berry Audio and video editing: Barbara Cole Walton

Exciting new development for the choir

The choir has applied for and been accepted onto the Adopt a Composer project organised by the Making Music organisation.

The project matches leisure-time choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles with a composer for a year, leading to a premiere performance, recording and radio broadcast.

"Our" composer is Aileen Sweeney.

Here's the Helensburgh Advertiser

The scene at HPC, Sunday 19th May 2019...

...during our performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with treble Euan Kemp.


Some of our singers went to sing in New York...

...and performed Mass in Blue conducted by Dr Alicia Walker, Director of Choral Studies at University of South Carolina and with composer Will Todd, in the David Gethin Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York. 

Our new music Director is 

Susannah Wapshott.

Picture: Andy Holdsworth, Helensburgh Advertiser

The choir and the community are ready to welcome the composer Will Todd to join us on Sunday for his inspirational Mass In Blue.

Here's how the Helensburgh Advertiser describes the event:

Helensburgh Oratorio Choir ready for one of most challenging pieces yet

Pic. Andy Holdsworth, Helensburgh Advertiser

Musical Director – Jonathon Swinard

Mendelssohn - Elijah

Sunday 15 April, 7:30pm

Helensburgh Parish Church

Pre-concert talk with Jonathon Swinard

“Mendelssohn, Miracles, and a Man with a beard”

Helensburgh Parish Church, Small Hall, 6:45pm (£3)

Sound the Trumpet, Beat the Drum

Pre-Concert Talk Sunday 5th November 2017


Jonathon will present:

“Happy Birthday to who? Bach’s unwanted gift & Haydn’s Musical Surprises”

at 18:45 in one of the hall rooms.

Attendance is free to Friends of Helensburgh Oratorio

Admission to concert goers is £3.

Doors open 1830 to allow attendees to pick up a “reserved Seating” sign to place on the seat of their choice in the church before the talk commences.  The talk will last about half an hour and will include a soft drink.

Our  BIG SATURDAY SING was a great success.


Thanks is due to:

All you lovely people who came from far and wide to join us for a day of very hard work and great fun preparing for our evening concert.

Our organisers; the committee of the Oratorio Choir for having the vision to stage the event.  But particularly,

Margaret Hastings whose simply awesome organisational powers made the day work.

Kate Clark and her helpers for providing great food for about 170 people.


Jonathon Swinard our inspirational Musical Director who ran the day with charm, homour and his usual musical acumen.

The free evening concert was very well attended.  A retiral collection in favour of Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia raised £860!  So well done all you music lovers!