The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most versatile choirs. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, it is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK.
Members enjoy a unique opportunity to perform with one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, working regularly with international conductors including Robin Ticciati, Olari Elts, Harry Bickett, Richard Egarr, Phillipe Herreweghe, John Storgårds and Emmanuel Krivine.
The Chorus appears regularly with the Orchestra in Scotland’s major cities. Recent concerts have covered a wide range of music including Handel Messiah and Theodora, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Creation, Bach Mass in B minor, Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict, Beethoven ‘Choral’ Symphony and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.
The Chorus also appears on its own in a capella repertoire and is in demand for outside engagements. Recent appearances include a programme of Christmas music at Greyfriars Kirk, including Britten’s rarely-performed A Boy was Born; Edinburgh Festival Theatre with the Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta; Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music with Clark Tracey and the International Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra at the International Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival; St Andrews Voices Festival in Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem under Gregory Batsleer. Engagements this year have included an appearance at Glasgow Cathedral's Festival of Music and the premiere of David Lang's Memorial Ground at East Neuk Festival.
Join us on stage
The SCO Chorus is made up of around 70 singers from all walks of life, who meet regularly for rehearsals in central Edinburgh. New members are welcome – to find out more, please contact Tammo Schuelke, Concerts & Projects Manager.
SCOC Choral Scholarship Programme
The SCO Chorus offers scholarships to young singers, aged 18-23, to develop their musicianship and choral singing with one of the country’s finest orchestral choruses. In 2016, this unique opportunity is offered to:
Amanda MacLeod – Alto
Kirstin Anderson*, Anne Backhouse, Naomi Barkley, Naomi Black, Eileen Burke, Nancy Burns, Morven Chisholm, Jessica Conway, Mairi Day, Joanne Dunwell, Lucy Forde, Olivia Hoppé, Lesley Mair, Georgina Malcolm^, Anne McAlister, Katie McGlew, Rachel Millar, Jenny Nex, Emily Phillips, Alison Robson, Hannah Wilkinson*, Alison Williams, Imogen Wilson
Fiona Akers*, Shona Banks, Dinah Bourne, Valerie Bryan*, Sarah Campbell, Gill Cloke, Judith Colman, Selda Dow*, Anne Gallacher, Claire Goodenough, Anne Grindley, Caroline Hahn, Fiona Haldane, Lorna Htet-Khin, Melissa Humphreys, Rachel Kemp, Helen Leigh, Amanda MacLeod^, Laura Malcolm, Elizabeth McColl, Hilde McKenna, Jan Raitt, Linda Ruxton
Matthew Andrews, Cole Bendall*, Andrew Carvel, David Ferrier, Keith Main, George McNeil, Anthony Mudge, David Nelson, Matthew Oddy, Harold Raitt, John Tullis, Paul Vaughan, Tim Vincent-Smith, Rory Wilson
Mathew Brown, Gavin Easton, Robert Gregory, Robin Hiley, Richard Hyder, David Ireland, Donald MacLeod, Sebastian Meller, Richard Murphy, Kenneth Murray, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Silver, Stephen Todd, Roderick Wylie
“The SCO Chorus performance … was one of their finest in recent times”
**** Scotsman (Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, March 2016)
“The SCO Chorus, expertly drilled by Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer, also impressed with their concise deliveries and ability to really pump up the volume when required. Mixing up the different sections of the chorus was transformational, ironically bringing a greater integrity to their performance.”
***** Scotsman (Theodora, October 2015).
"At the heart of this performance was Gregory Batsleer's SCO Chorus, its modest numbers hardly an issue when the diction, articulation and unanimity of attack were delivered with such lustrous clarity. Their pristine singing had a star-like constancy that gave a brilliant heavenly sheen to the playing of the SCO".
**** Scotsman (Mozart's Requiem, March 2015)
“At last with the entry of the SCO chorus, their intonation and expression was so fine one would have thought this choir had been born in Bavaria or perhaps Saxony - never before have I heard them sing so well…The famous martial passage was superbly handled and in the final chorus one was on the edge of one’s seat so glorious was the final culmination. This was a performance of world class”
Musical Opinion (Beethoven Symphony No 9, May 2014)
"The SCO Chorus was on outstanding form."
**** The Financial Times (Mozart Così fan tutte, October 2012)
“The night belonged to the SCO Chorus for its shattering and profoundly moving performance of the Requiem. This glorious chorus …. sang the work from memory, a terrific feat."
**** The Herald (Mozart Requiem, May 2011)