Current Projects

Luthersche Leidensmusik CD

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Lutheranism in 2017, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir presents a CD that traces the development of Lutheran music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Composers include Bruhns, Buxtehude, Kotter, M. Praetorius, Scheidemann and Schütz.  Following a fruitful collaboration with the School of History of the University of St Andrews, and the Kellie Consort, this CD will be launched in October 2017.

Tom Wilkinson, University Organist, comments:

‘The sheer beauty of Lutheran church music made Luthersche Leidensmusik a hugely rewarding project.  The CD neatly traces both the development of the tradition in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and follows the litrugical sequence from Lent to Easter.  During the recording period, it was fascinating to be immersed in the tradition that gave rise to masterpieces such as Bach’s St Matthew Passion.  For example, the disc concludes with a cantata by the astoundingly gifted Nikolaus Bruhns; like Bach, he was a pupil of Buxtehude, and seems to have been destined for great things, but he died at the tragically young age of thirty-one.  All of us involved with the project – the choir, the Kellie Consort and the inspiring violinist Richard Gwilt – loved getting to know this wonderful, yet neglected, repertoire.’

CD Launch Concert

8pm, Tuesday 10 October 2017

St Salvator’s Chapel

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TheoArtistry CD

St Salvator’s Chapel Choir is delighted to be collaborating with Dr George Corbett and the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, on a composers’ scheme and CD recording.

This project explores how an appreciation of the profound spirituality and faith of many composers in the Classical tradition may influence the performance and reception of their music. Where Historically Informed Performance (HIP), arguably the most influential development in classical music performance in the twentieth century, focused almost exclusively on style, Theologically Informed Performance (TIP) privileges the spiritual content of the music.

Following a call for scores, six up-and-coming composers have produced new pieces under the guidance of Sir James MacMillan. A CD featuring all six new pieces, along with music by MacMillan and other influential composers of sacred choral music, will be launched at the following concert:

7.30pm, Tuesday 6 March 2018

St Salvator’s Chapel

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Bach Cantata Project

St Salvator’s Chapel Choir joins forces with the Kellie Consort to perform three cantatas by J. S. Bach in two concerts:

7.30pm, Saturday 7 April 2018, Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh

7.30pm, Sunday 8 April 2018, St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews

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J. S. Bach:

Cantata 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich

Cantata 155 Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?

Cantata 196 Der Herr denket an uns