Festival Chorus

The Festival Chorus is Orkney's own community choir which, each year, is given the unique chance to perform large scale choral works alongside top professional orchestra and soloists.

St Magnus Festival Chorus 2019

For the 2019 Festival, the Festival Chorus will be performing Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.

Chorus rehearsals take place on Monday nights at King Street Halls, Kirkwall at 7.15pm. The Chorus is an un-auditioned group and new members are always welcome to come along.

Each year the Chorus performs in the Festival after several months of preparation and the performances have been regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and even on Norwegian Radio.

The Chorus director is Paul Rendall. Paul left Orkney to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and went on to sing extensively as a soloist as well as working with the chorus of Scottish Opera and then moving to Leeds to work at Opera North before returnng to Orkney a few years ago 

Previous Festival Performances

2018

Petite Messe Solennelle
Rossini

2017

Requiem
Mozart

2016

Songs of the Fleet
Stanford
Symphony No 9
Beethoven

2015

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Mozart
The Storm 
Haydn

'a true community enterprise where everyone is welcome without audition and far from all of the members can read music. ...the ensemble sound was often superb, with the tenors in particular making a mighty impression'
The Herald

2014

Belshazzar's Feast
Walton

'Orkney’s own St Magnus Festival Chorus and Mayfield Singers (both impeccably drilled) in a big, bold, enthusiastic account of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast'
The Telegraph

2013

Symphony of Psalms
Stravinsky

2012

A Child of Our Time
Tippet

2011

Requiem
Mozart

2010

Gloria
Poulenc

2009

Sea Symphony
Vaughan Williams

2008

Mass in C
Beethoven

St Magnus International Festival, 13 Albert Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HP

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St Magnus Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No SC011666. Company Number SC073825.

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