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TITLE
Inverness Cathedral Choir with Robert Clark, 1890
EXTERNAL ID
PC_STAND_CATH_011
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1890
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
ASSET ID
30007
KEYWORDS
choirs
church choirs
cathedral choirs
choirboys
singers
Inverness Cathedral Choir with Robert Clark, 1890

This photograph turned up in an antique shop in London in the late 1990s. The man who discovered it had a daughter who was at that time living and working in Inverness. He sent it to her thinking someone might be able to shed light on the mystery. The photograph was subsequently passed on to the Cathedral. On the back is the inscription "1890, Inverness Cathedral Choir, Robert Clark, X".

It appears from the Cathedral Magazine that a Master Robert Clark sang a solo at the annual congregational meeting in January 1891, so the details on the back appear to be correct. However, it is impossible to decide which person in the picture is Robert Clark. The clergyman in the centre is likely to be Rev Canon Llewellyn who for many years was precentor at the Cathedral.

The Scottish Episcopal Church has a long traditional of choral singing at its main services, especially on Sundays and Feast Days. St Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness established a choir soon after it opened in 1869. Traditionally the choir was all male, with the soprano line sung by boys. For a long time many of these boys attended the Boys' School which was next to the Cathedral. It is now amalgamated with the Bishop's Girls' School, to form Bishop Eden's School in King Street.

The choir has always been voluntary. But for many years it was the tradition, as an incentive, to pay the choir boys a token sum for attending practices and services, and those who sang a solo on a Sunday would get a bonus. For those who got little or no pocket money at home this would be a special feature of their choir life.

However in the twenty-first century it is very difficult to recruit enough boys who are willing to attend practices during the week as well as sing two Sunday services. As a result, the present-day voluntary choir is all adult, with soprano and alto lines sung by ladies. At the time of writing (2011) the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist is choral throughout the year, and from time to time, the Choir also sings Choral Evensong on a Sunday afternoon. The choir also sing at special weekday services, such as on Christmas Day and during Lent.

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Inverness Cathedral Choir with Robert Clark, 1890

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1890s

choirs; church choirs; cathedral choirs; choirboys; singers

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

This photograph turned up in an antique shop in London in the late 1990s. The man who discovered it had a daughter who was at that time living and working in Inverness. He sent it to her thinking someone might be able to shed light on the mystery. The photograph was subsequently passed on to the Cathedral. On the back is the inscription "1890, Inverness Cathedral Choir, Robert Clark, X". <br /> <br /> It appears from the Cathedral Magazine that a Master Robert Clark sang a solo at the annual congregational meeting in January 1891, so the details on the back appear to be correct. However, it is impossible to decide which person in the picture is Robert Clark. The clergyman in the centre is likely to be Rev Canon Llewellyn who for many years was precentor at the Cathedral.<br /> <br /> The Scottish Episcopal Church has a long traditional of choral singing at its main services, especially on Sundays and Feast Days. St Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness established a choir soon after it opened in 1869. Traditionally the choir was all male, with the soprano line sung by boys. For a long time many of these boys attended the Boys' School which was next to the Cathedral. It is now amalgamated with the Bishop's Girls' School, to form Bishop Eden's School in King Street.<br /> <br /> The choir has always been voluntary. But for many years it was the tradition, as an incentive, to pay the choir boys a token sum for attending practices and services, and those who sang a solo on a Sunday would get a bonus. For those who got little or no pocket money at home this would be a special feature of their choir life.<br /> <br /> However in the twenty-first century it is very difficult to recruit enough boys who are willing to attend practices during the week as well as sing two Sunday services. As a result, the present-day voluntary choir is all adult, with soprano and alto lines sung by ladies. At the time of writing (2011) the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist is choral throughout the year, and from time to time, the Choir also sings Choral Evensong on a Sunday afternoon. The choir also sing at special weekday services, such as on Christmas Day and during Lent.