About The Kilbarchan Singers
The Kilbarchan Singers is a chamber choir, with around 26 members, based in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.
We perform a wide range of music, ranging from individual pieces to larger scale choral works, from early music and madrigals to 20th century and contemporary works, from classical music to folk music, especially Scottish folk music, and arrangements of popular works by artists such as Simon and Garfunkel.
We rehearse on Mondays, and perform two concerts a year, as well as appearing at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Light up a Life events each year.
We welcome new members - especially tenors and basses - and if you are interested in joining the choir, please contact us via the numbers or email on our contact page, to arrange an audition, and we would be happy to see you at one of our rehearsals.
History of The Kilbarchan Singers
Ian McCallum was a music lover from an early age. A boy chorister at Paisley Abbey, he went on to train as an organist, and became the choirmaster at Kilbarchan East church, where he helped the choir to perform to a high musical standard.
In 1982, he formed The Kilbarchan Singers, a madrigal group with, initially, twelve members. It has since expanded, numbering over thirty members at its peak, and has taken on large chorah works, and sung in many venues in Scotland and abroad, with highlights being tours to Freiburg, Germany in 2002, Paris in 2004, and Brussels in 2007.
Ian retired as Musical Director in 2006, but the choir has built on the strong foundations he gave us, of high performance standards, love of music and enjoyment of performance, for which we owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
In the years since Ian's retirement, we have had a number of musical directors, all of whom have brought something new to the choir and have helped us build on Ian's legacy.
In 2012, the choir celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, by producing our own CD - "My Spirit Sang All Day", conducted by James Slimings, and recorded at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
"My Spirit Sang All Day - our CD
Quoting from the CD's sleeve - "The Kilbarchan Singers was formed in 1982 as a madrigal group, and this CD was created to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary.
Since the choir began, we have grown in number and our repetoire has widened. We rehearse and perform regularly both locally and further afield. Our annual Christmas concert takes place at the heart of our community in Kilbarchan and we perform a summer concert in Paisley. In addition we also help other charities with their fundraising. In recent years tours have included performing in Freiburg Munster, Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris) and Brussels Cathedral. We sing mainly a cappella music by composers spanning six centuries. Our repetoire includes madrigals, Christmas carols, modern British, sacred and secular music - all of which are represented on this anniversary CD."
1. My Spirit Sang All Day - Finzi
2. Hodie Christus Natus Est - Sweelinck
3. O Magnum Mysterium - Vittoria
4. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - Gardner
5. If Ye Love Me - Tallis
6. Sure On This Shining Night - Barber
7. Kyrie (from Mass in B Minor) - Vaughan-Williams
8. Ae Fond Kiss - arr. S. Hope
9. My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose - arr. Ashmore
10. When David Heard - Tomkins
11. Summer is Y' Coming In - Pearsall
The CD costs £5, and is available at our concerts.
The Kilbarchan Singers' conductors
Ian Mc Callum 1982 - 2005
Edward Caswell 2005
Oliver Rundell 2005 - 2007
Christopher Hann 2007 - 2010
James Slimings 2010 - 2015
Edwin Hillier 2015 - 2019
Rebecca Murphy 2019 - present day