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TITLE
Inverness Choir, Easter 2010
EXTERNAL ID
PC_STAND_CATH_012
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
2010
PERIOD
2010s
SOURCE
St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
ASSET ID
30008
KEYWORDS
choirs
church choirs
cathedral choirs
singers
Inverness Choir, Easter 2010

The Cathedral choir is pictured on Easter Sunday 2010 on the steps outside the main door of the Cathedral. On the left is the Cathedral Provost, Very Revd. Alex Gordon; in the third row, right of centre, is Bert Richardson (Director of Music) and, left of centre, Gordon Tocher (Organist). In recent years the posts of Director of Music and Organist have been split, allowing the choir to be conducted whilst singing.

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 Choir, Easter 2010

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2010s

choirs; church choirs; cathedral choirs; singers

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

The Cathedral choir is pictured on Easter Sunday 2010 on the steps outside the main door of the Cathedral. On the left is the Cathedral Provost, Very Revd. Alex Gordon; in the third row, right of centre, is Bert Richardson (Director of Music) and, left of centre, Gordon Tocher (Organist). In recent years the posts of Director of Music and Organist have been split, allowing the choir to be conducted whilst singing.<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.