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TITLE
Inverness Cathedral Choir, Lent 1987
EXTERNAL ID
PC_STAND_CATH_021
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1987
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
ASSET ID
30017
KEYWORDS
choirs
church choirs
cathedral choirs
choirboys
singers
Inverness Cathedral Choir, Lent 1987

On the extreme left is Russell Grant, Organist and Choirmaster from 1985 until 2001. Assistant Organist Gordon Tocher is second from the left in the back row. The photograph was taken in front of the High Altar in 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, Lent 1987

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1980s

choirs; church choirs; cathedral choirs; choirboys; singers

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

On the extreme left is Russell Grant, Organist and Choirmaster from 1985 until 2001. Assistant Organist Gordon Tocher is second from the left in the back row. The photograph was taken in front of the High Altar in 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.