About Us

In just over 30 years, the City of Glasgow Chorus has undergone a remarkable transformation. Formed by Graham Taylor in 1983 as The New Glasgow Singers, a small group of passionate choral singers looking to take on some of the less well-known works in the choral repertoire, it has grown into an organisation that has around 100 members singing a wide range of musical genres but still with the core wish to seek out and perform the less familiar pieces.

We perform a regular series of concerts each year: the details for the current season can be seen here. The range of music includes serious classical works, programmes of choral classics, West End musical pieces and the lighter popular music included in our annual Christmas Cracker concert. Our full repertoire can be seen in our list of past concerts. Some notable highlights have been Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony - the Symphony of a Thousand.

We have a long-standing relationship with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and work with them for many of our own concerts. In addition, we have sung with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the orchestra of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the Paragon Ensemble.

We have a policy of seeking to use selected students from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as soloists in our own concerts. In addition to providing us with first class performers, this policy gives the young singers valuable experience on the platform. Over the years we have also shared the stage with international stars such as José Carreras, Lesley Garrett, Lisa Milne, Sir Willard White, Maria Ewing, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Sarah Brightman and Russell Watson.

We have also toured abroad several times: to the Czech Republic, where we performed the Prague première of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast; to Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, France; to Krakow and Opole in Poland, which included a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra which was received with great acclaim; and, a particular highlight, to China where we performed in spectacular concert halls in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.

We have made a number of recordings and these are listed here. Our most recent is a recording of Choral Classics made in the Caird Hall in Dundee, with organist David Hamilton, which is available for purchase here.

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