Please Sign In | Register
Google pluspinterestShare on Stumble UponShare on RedditFacebookShare on Tumblr
TITLE
D.E. Roberts, Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
EXTERNAL ID
PC_STAND_CATH_015
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
SOURCE
St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
ASSET ID
30011
KEYWORDS
choirs
musicians
singers
D.E. Roberts, Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

Daniel Edwin Roberts was Organist and Choirmaster of St Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness for forty-six years from 1920, being forced to resign through illness in early 1966 at the age of 83. He is by far the longest-serving person in that position at the Cathedral.

In addition to rehearsing and leading the singing at the Sunday services, Mr Roberts also organised special events such as concerts, with extracts from The Messiah and other sacred works. He also held organ recitals.

A social to mark his retirement was held in Church House, Kenneth Street, following his recovery from illness, when he was presented with a cheque as a token of appreciation and thanks for his long service.

He died in 1969 about six weeks before ex-Provost A. A. D. Mackenzie, who had appointed him as Cathedral organist early in Provost Mackenzie's term of office.

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.

For guidance on the use of images and other content, please see the Terms and Conditions page.
High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
Powered by Capture

D.E. Roberts, Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

choirs; musicians; singers

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

Daniel Edwin Roberts was Organist and Choirmaster of St Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness for forty-six years from 1920, being forced to resign through illness in early 1966 at the age of 83. He is by far the longest-serving person in that position at the Cathedral.<br /> <br /> In addition to rehearsing and leading the singing at the Sunday services, Mr Roberts also organised special events such as concerts, with extracts from The Messiah and other sacred works. He also held organ recitals.<br /> <br /> A social to mark his retirement was held in Church House, Kenneth Street, following his recovery from illness, when he was presented with a cheque as a token of appreciation and thanks for his long service.<br /> <br /> He died in 1969 about six weeks before ex-Provost A. A. D. Mackenzie, who had appointed him as Cathedral organist early in Provost Mackenzie's term of office.<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.