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Music at Services at the Cathedral of St.Machar.


Music at Services at the Cathedral of St.Machar.


Choral Music

A choir of over 30 members, including Choral Scholars, which sings at the Sunday morning Service at 11a.m., has an extensive repertoire, ranging from medieval plainchant to pieces which have been written in the twenty first century. The Choir usually makes two contributions to the Service - an Anthem and a Motet during the Offertory collection.  Three items are included at the monthly Communion Service on the last Sunday of the month.


During the period before Lent 2018, the Choir will sing from a wide repertoire including Palestrina (Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, January 28th.), German composers Eccard (February 4th) and Mendelssohn (January 21st.), English composer Adrian Batten (January 14th. and February 11th.) and more recent works by Howells (Feruary 4th.) John Rutter (January 21st.) and the present Director of Music R,B.Williams (January 14th.)


Full details of the music to be heard at each Service are included in the Order of Service and are published on accompanying pages of this website.  


Organ Music

The Cathedral has a fine three-manual organ by ‘Father’ Willis which two years ago

celebrated its 125th anniversary.  Organ music during the early Spring

feature music by the twentieth century French composer Olivier Messiaen at the beginning of the Services (January 14th, 21st.,28th. )and recessionals by Mathias, Muschel and J.S.Bach.


Director of Music and Organist Dr. Roger B.Williams, M.B.E.