As well as being a place of worship St Ninian’s also endeavours to provide a rich musical experience for the community. Under the direction of the Organist and Master of the Choristers the Cathedral Choir and Choral Scholars sing a wide repertoire of sacred choral works for the weekly services. The Cathedral’s fine Organ, favourable acoustics, space and ambience also attract other choral and orchestral groups, both amateur and professional. St Ninian’s is keen to develop further its musical provision for the community and welcomes performing musicians from many backgrounds. For further information please contact the Cathedral office.
The Cathedral Choir of St Ninian’s performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary Anglican liturgical repertoire. They lead the worship at the weekly Sunday Eucharist and several extraordinary Services.
Rehearsals are: Thursdays 7.00–8.30pm and Sundays at 10am and as required in preparation for special services and festivals.
The Friends of Perth Cathedral Music
The Friends of Perth Cathedral Music have been formed to support the priceless musical heritage of the Cathedral. A further purpose is to encourage, promote and showcase locally based musicians and artists with a wide spectrum of musical talent and styles, both sacred and secular, to display their abilities in the Cathedral which will provide a rich musical experience for all tastes. The programme for concerts and recitals can be found on the Cathedral website in News & Events section.
The modest annual membership subscription to the Friends, currently £10, will help to sustain the many and varied aspects of Cathedral musical life. As a member you will also enjoy certain benefits:
Discounts on Cathedral CDs and reduced admission to concerts arranged by the Cathedral Friends’ Committee.
Annual Friends event/s as organised by the Committee
If you wish to join The Friends of Perth Cathedral Music click on the link to download the Application Form.
An innovative partnership with Strathallan School saw the introduction of Choral Scholars to the Cathedral Choir in 2005. These scholarships, available to boys and girls aged 14 to 18, provide a unique opportunity to be trained in Anglican choral singing whilst also receiving a first-class education as music scholars at Strathallan School. Scholars rehearse for approximately 2-3 hours per week and participate in weekly Cathedral services during term time, plus some seasonal services at Christmas and Easter. They are expected to play a full role in the life of the School, and many are able to combine this musical role with other major commitments, for example sports or arts. Many hope to further their choral training with Anglican Cathedral and Collegiate Choirs after they complete their school studies.
At present there are Choral Scholar vacancies for Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses. For further information please contact Richard Walmsley, Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth, PH2 9EG. Tel: 01738 812546 or email: email@example.com
A new initiative was started in 2010 with the introduction of a dozen choristers,aged 8-13, from local schools and Craigclowan School. They train once a week under the Director of Music at Craigclowan School and join the choir on Sundays for further training and for two services a month.
The first organ was installed when the church was built in 1850, and, according to the first Precentor in 1901, was built by Robson of London. In the 1880’s, when the centre Nave and the North Aisle were completed, the organ was rebuilt by P. Connacher and Eustance Ingram and enlarged to a four manual console. In 1904-5, John R. Miller, a Dundee Organ builder completed further work. The organ, now situated in the south choir aisle, was completely rebuilt and restored by A.F.Edmonstone, Forteviot, in 1996. The detached console, in the north choir aisle, has four manuals and 67 draw stops.
A complete history of the Perth Cathedral Organ, written by Alistair Pow (Organist 1980-1990), can be obtained from the Cathedral for £2.00 plus postage and packing. Proceeds from the sale of the booklet will be donated towards the Organ Fund.
St Ninian’s Cathedral has had many fine musicians and organists since its consecration in 1850. These include the following:
Ron Cochrane: 2001 – 2003
Philippa Gower: 2003 – 2004
Andrew Tillett: 2004 – 2006
Richard Walmsley: 2006 – Current
The Cathedral also has several assisting organists who help with weddings and other events. Please contact the Cathedral Office for contact details of the organists.