Postponed! – Bach – St John Passion

February 2nd, 2020

Con Anima Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra
Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm
St Machar’s Cathedral

In light of recent events we have regretfully taken the decision to postpone our performance of the St. John Passion on April 4th. We are trying to arrange a replacement date, probably in September and will announce this as soon as we can.
Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date but will be refunded if necessary. As I’m sure you understand these are uncharted waters and we are working with all those concerned to manage the situation as best we can.
Thank you for your continued support of Con Anima!

One week before Easter on Saturday April 4th, Con Anima present Bach’s St. John Passion under the musical direction of Roger Williams MBE and including a superb array of soloists – all with Aberdeen connections.
This work, one of the towering masterpieces of European music, has compelling recitatives, electrifying choruses, heart-wrenching arias and is almost operatic in its drama!

Conductor: Roger B. Williams MBE
Leader: Jean Fletcher
Continuo: Tom Wilkinson
Evangelist: Kieran White
Christus: Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Soloists: Katherine Williams, Moira Docherty, Carole Clarke,
Megan Cormack, Matthew Mckinney and Ross Cumming

Musical Director Vacancy

February 1st, 2020

We have an exciting vacancy for a Musical Director – details below

Con Anima ( ) is an auditioned amateur chamber choir based in Aberdeen for
almost 20 years and it is a “self-managing” group. At any one time it has about 24 members, all singers, who perform typically four concerts a year, sometimes augmented by guest singers. The repertoire is broad, including large scale works (e.g. Handel’s Messiah with orchestra), a cappella works (e.g. Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali), new compositions (e.g. Judith Weir’s The Big Picture) and Christmas carols. As a self-managing group, Con Anima chooses a conductor (currently for one project at a time), rather than the conductor choosing the singers. At present there is no wish to abandon this arrangement. However, at the last AGM, Con Anima agreed in principle to establish a post of Musical Director, to create a more consistent approach to the choir’s overall sound, ensemble and vocal technique, whilst retaining the opportunity to continue working with guest conductors.
The purpose of Con Anima’s Musical Director will be to create a consistency of approach by giving advice on matters musical, choral and vocal, and so develop the choir’s standards of musicianship and performance.
Key Responsibilities.
The proposed responsibilities of the Con Anima Musical Director would include the following:
• to give feedback, on matters musical, choral and vocal, to the choir and its members.
• to be present at auditions and advise on the selection of new choir members.
• to work with the Chair or other appointed Committee member to develop the choir’s musical programme, planning concerts 1-2 years ahead.
• to direct some rehearsals and help the choir prepare concerts.
• to direct (prepare and conduct) at least one concert per year.
• to liaise with any guest conductor regarding programme planning and choir preparation.
The Con Anima Musical Director:
• must have the necessary musical skills to perform the above responsibilities.
• must be able to make rehearsals enjoyable.
• must be able to work collaboratively with the choir and its committee.
• should have sufficient keyboard skills to facilitate rehearsals.
• should, ideally, be able to participate in concerts when he or she is not conducting (for example as singer or accompanist).
Administrative Arrangements.
• It is expected that the Con Anima Musical Director will be an ex officio member of the Committee and will be expected to attend Committee meetings.
• The appointment will be for one year with the expectation of annual re-engagement by mutual agreement.
• Con Anima will offer an honorarium for preparation of concerts and ongoing work outlined above, together with an agreed fee per concert where the Musical Director is the conductor, plus appropriate expenses. It is expected that initially these payments will be £500 per annum plus £200 per concert conducted. This will be subject to annual renegotiation.
• The appointment process will include a discussion with members of the Committee and a trial rehearsal if the applicant has not worked with Con Anima previously.
For more information please contact Richard Coleman, Chair ( Applicants should indicate their interest in the post, and send a copy of their curriculum vitae, to Richard by Friday 13 March 2020.

Concert: Gloria in Excelsis

November 3rd, 2019

Smaller Christmas 2019

“Gloria in Excelsis”

Christmas with Con Anima

Saturday 21st December 2019 at 6.30 pm

St. Andrews Cathedral Aberdeen


This Saturday 21st December, Con Anima present a delightful and cheery concert of Christmas Music with the Bon Accord Brass Quintet and Organ & Piano accompaniment by Tom Wilkinson.  Conducted by Tim Tricker in St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen. This promises to be the musical event to kick start your celebrations just a few days before Christmas!

The concert will be suitable for all the family and include audience participation carols. Mulled wine and music from Bon Accord Brass will be available from 6pm with the main concert starting at 6.30pm. 

Also featuring will be the world premiere of a new Christmas piece by Tim Tricker “Gloria” for Choir, Piano, Brass & Percussion.

Standard tickets: £10, including complimentary mulled wine from 6pm.  Children / students: free
Tickets will be available at the door and also from Aberdeen Box Office (01224 641122) or members of the choir.

Concert: Aberdeen Art Gallery Reopening

October 26th, 2019


Aberdeen Art Gallery

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Con Anima are pleased to be taking part in the re-opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd November 2019
Aberdeen Art Gallery and sound celebrate the re-opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall with the premiere performances of The Big Picture, a jointly commissioned work for this occasion from Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.A short piece in five movements, The Big Picture is set to different poems and explores the relationship between music and colour.The performances will be directed by Dr Roger B Williams, MBE, with assistant conductor John Horton, and performed by Con Anima Chamber Choir and local singers from Aberdeen City Music School, Gilcomstoun Primary School and Big Noise Torry with Joanna Nicholson (clarinet), Lisa Nicol (percussion) and Jeremy Coleman (piano).
Co-commissioned by sound and Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Tickets are available from this link:

Saturday 2 November 2019

2-hour timed slots:
9.30am-11.30am (including The Big Picture at 10am)
10.30am-12.30pm (including The Big Picture at 11am).

Concert: Paul Mealor Requiem

May 7th, 2019

Saturday, 25 May 2019, 7.30pm

St Machar’s Cathedral

Join us in the splendid setting of St Machar’s Cathedral for a unique performance of Professor Paul Mealor’s Requiem: The Souls of the Righteous.

Conducted by Professor Mealor, this concert will be a celebration of contemporary choral music, and will also feature the UK premiere of In Heaven Hereafter by Thomas LaVoy and the world premiere of Weep, O Mine Eyes by Michael Merrill.

Con Anima orchestra will be led by Guera Maunder, and the concert will feature soprano soloist Jillian Bain Christie.

Tickets: £12 available from Aberdeen Box Office ( or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.


Concert: Handel’s Messiah with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

February 13th, 2019


13 April 2019

7pm, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

This April, join with two of Aberdeen’s finest musical groups for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Under the musical direction of Gareth John, Con Anima Chamber Choir and Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra will join together for the performance in the stunning setting of St Machar’s Cathedral.

The performance will also feature a stellar line-up of Scottish vocal soloists – Judith Howarth (soprano), Heather Ireson (mezzo-soprano), Liam Bonthrone (tenor), and Ross Cumming (bass).

Two hundred and sixty years after Handel’s death, the masterpiece continues to be one of the best-loved and most powerful oratorios ever written.

Tickets: £15, available from Aberdeen Box Office ( or 01224 641122) or members of the choir/ACO.



Audition To Join Con Anima

January 16th, 2019

Con Anima are looking for new members to join all sections!

We’re looking for new members to start singing immediately.  Concerts coming up this year include Handel’s Messiah and a concert conducted by Prof. Paul Mealor.

If you’re an experienced singer who would like to sing with a choir of a high standard, we’d love to hear from you.  Our weekly rehearsals are held on a Thursday night from 8~10pm in Aberdeen city centre.

Following successful audition, your first concert will be on a trial basis.  If that’s successful you’ll be offered the opportunity to join permanently.

For the audition you will be required to sing Anton Bruckner’s “Locus Iste” as part of a quartet (with Con Anima members filling in the other parts) and complete a sight-singing test and range check.  Audition date will be organised as soon as we have a few candidates.

Download the Bruckner at and start preparing…

If you would like to take part in these auditions, please email with the following information:


Contact details (incl. telephone number):

Voice part:

Availability for rehearsals:

Concert: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

November 26th, 2018


15 December 2018

7.30pm, St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen

This December Con Anima present a delightful concert of Christmas and Advent music conducted by Prof. Andrew Morrisson in St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen.

Central to the concert will be Vaughan Williams’s setting of traditional folk carols Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The programme will include music for the season from renaissance and modern composers Palestrina, Victoria, Rutter, and Tavener.

Also featuring will be the world premiere of a new Christmas carol by Aberdeen-born composer and organist, Ed Jones. Ed will also be accompanying the concert on the organ.

Standard tickets: £10, including mulled wine.  Children / students: free
Available from Aberdeen Box Office ( or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.



Concerts: Music and Meditations for Remembrance

October 13th, 2018

Saturday 10 Nov 2018, 4pm

Banchory East Church


Sunday 11 Nov 2018, 7pm

St Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen

For the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Con Anima present a concert emerging from darkness of war to the light of peace.

Join with us, conductor John F Hudson, and organist Prof. Andrew Morrisson, for a concert including Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Guest’s For The Fallen, and the world premier of John F Hudson’s Epitaphs of War.

The concerts will be performed in support of SSAFA The Forces Charity, who provide welfare to service-people and their families.

Tickets: £12 / £10 (concession) available from Aberdeen Box Office ( or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.

For further details on the work of SSAFA, see


Concert & Evensong: Remembering Our Friend Giles Pilgrim Morris

June 15th, 2018

St Andrew’s Cathedral


Con Anima Choirs

Concert: 12pm, Saturday 23 June 2018

Evensong: 6.30pm, Sunday 24 June 2018

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

Our second set of events for summer 2018 will be in memory of Giles Pilgrim Morris, former Con Anima member and former St Andrew’s Cathedral choir lay clerk.

We will be joining with St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir to perform some of Giles’ favourite music at both the Cathedral’s Saturday lunchtime concert series on 23/Jun, and at Evensong on Sunday 24/Jun.

The free performances will include music by Purcell, Gibbons, and Messiaen, and will be conducted by the Cathedral’s Organist and Master of the Choristers, Prof. Andrew Morrisson, and accompanied on the organ by Bill Henderson.

Join us to celebrate the life of our friend Giles.

Tickets: free – donations received at the lunchtime concert will be split between the Cathedral Song School project and St Christopher’s Hospice,