About this Event

St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir is the flagship choir of the University of St Andrews and are performing at Marchmont prior to a European tour.

A mixed-voice ensemble of around 25 students, its history extends back to the founding of the University in the early fifteenth century, when students were obliged to sing in the University’s chapel. These choristers were referred to as the ‘Choristi Sanctiandree’.

The third in a new series of 'Music at Marchmont' events under the leadership in the care of our Musical Director Simon Leach, this Sunday afternoon concert is a wonderful opportunity to hear them in the Borders and is not one to miss.

The concert takes place in arguably the finest room at Marchmont, Sir Robert Lorimer's majestic oak-panelled Music Room.

Doors open at 3:30pm for pre-concert tea, coffee and home-made cakes included in the ticket price. The concert begins at 4:15pm and concludes at 5:30pm without an interval.

St Salvator’s Chapel Choir

The Music Room

The Programme


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Biography

St Salvator’s Chapel Choir

The flagship choir of the University of St Andrews. A mixed-voice ensemble of around 25 students, its history extends back to the founding of the University in the early fifteenth century, when students were obliged to sing in the University’s chapel. These choristers were referred to as the ‘Choristi Sanctiandree’.  

Today, under the direction of Claire Innes- Hopkins, the choir performs a broad repertoire spanning the six centuries of the University’s history. In addition to three sung services per week and extensive ceremonial duties, the choir enjoys a busy schedule of concerts, international tours and broadcasts on radio and TV, as well as appearances at international festivals including the Thüringer Bachwochen (Germany), Haarlem Koorbiennale and Orgelfestival Holland (The Netherlands) from where they were broadcast on Dutch national radio. Other tours have featured performances at Washington National Cathedral and Princeton University (USA) and with renowned baritone Peter Harvey in Sweden. In 2019 and 2023 the choir toured throughout France including concerts in Burgundy, Champagne, Bourges Cathedral, the Alsace, Metz, Marseille, and the Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence. In 2024 the choir will perform in the Netherlands, and in France and Luxembourg with the early music consort Ensemble de la Chapelle du Saint-Marc.

Recordings on the University’s own internationally distributed CD label have included Salvator Mundi charting 100 years of English church music after Purcell, Bach and the Stile Antico, charting the evolution of the Credo from Bach’s Mass in B minor via works known to, and performed by, Bach during its composition and  Annunciations featuring music by James MacMillan and six new works commissioned for the choir as part of the University’s TheoArtistry project. The choir also made the first recording under studio conditions of Sigismund von Neukomm’s Requiem in C minor, written for the Congress of Vienna in 1815. This was a collaboration with the Wallace Collection who performed on historic brass instruments. The choir’s most recent CD for Christmas, ‘The Tyger and the Lamb’ was released in October, 2022.

Committed to the performance of new music, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir regularly commissions and performs works for both liturgical and secular contexts and during 2019 were Choir and Organ magazine’s Commissioning Partners. In recent years the choir has been privileged to work with musicians such as Sir James MacMillan, Robert Hollingworth, Paul Mealor and Dame Emma Kirkby.

For more information, please visit www.stsalvatorschapelchoir.co.uk

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