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The Friends of St Machar’s Cathedral

The Friends of St Machar's Cathedral was founded in 1971 with the remit of preserving and enriching the fabric and furnishings in the Cathedral, safeguarding its liturgical and musical traditions and promoting research into the Cathedral's history.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Cathedral. Over the years the Friends have, amongst other things, renovated the pulpit, re-sited the font and provided it with a new granite plinth, created a plinth to preserve a medieval effigy, provided a bench for the Mitchell Chapel and commissioned a Baptismal Banner.


In addition, the Friends have sponsored musical recitals and encouraged scholarship. Twelve Occasional Papers have been published along with the text of the annual Friends Lecture given in May.


Future Plans

The Friends have recently been left a legacy by a member of the Friends who took a particular interest in music and it is hoped to use this legacy to establish an Endowment Fund for the Friends and provide others with an opportunity to add to this endowment.


A portion of the fund will be used to establish Anderson Scholarships in Church Music that will build up the Cathedral Choir and encourage young people in the appreciation and enjoyment of singing the great works of sacred music. The Friends also hope to enable the commissioning of new works to add to the Choir's repertoire.


Become a Friend

If you would like to become a Friend of St Machar's Cathedral you can use our form, or write directly to the Honorary Treasurer, c/o St Machar's Cathedral, The Chanonry, Old Aberdeen, AB24 1RQ, Scotland.