North-east choir and orchestra set to perform in Aberdeen

Members of the Con Anima Chamber Choir
Members of the Con Anima Chamber Choir

Aberdeen’s outstanding Con Anima Chamber Choir will perform at St Machar’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 21.

They will be joined by the strings, flutes, trumpets, harp and drums of the Con Anima Chamber Orchestra in a concert entitled ‘In Paradisum’.

The two groups will be uniting the brilliance of J. S. Bach’s choral and orchestral music with the subtle sonorities and reverent tone of the 20th-century French composer Maurice Duruflé.

The reduced orchestration Con Anima has chosen for this concert has never been heard in Aberdeen, and should prove to be a particular highlight for Duruflé aficionados.

Con Anima Chamber Choir will be accompanied by its own Chamber Orchestra, led by Jean Fletcher, in the inspiring surroundings of the Cathedral Church of St Machar.

Soloists include local bass Colin Brockie, countertenor Giles Pilgrim Morris, and members of the choir.

The concert will be conducted by the acclaimed musician Dr Roger B. Williams MBE, he said: “I am really looking forward to this exciting concert with the brilliantly versatile Con Anima Chamber Choir and Orchestra, in a programme running from Bach at his most extrovert, to the evocative and sensuous world of Duruflé.”

Tickets are available by calling 01224 641122 or visiting

Con Anima Chamber Choir has an impressive reputation in Aberdeen and further afield and performs regularly in Aberdeen’s cathedrals and in other venues in the city, the north-east and elsewhere in Scotland.

The choir is renowned for its skilled and sensitive interpretation of choral music by contemporary European and American composers such as Professor Paul Mealor (Con Anima’s president), James MacMillan, Cecilia McDowall, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener.