In January 1980, a group of singers from local churches planned a performance of Stainer's "Crucifixion" for Easter of that year. Subsequently, the performance was repeated at three different churches during the year. As invitations to sing at other events came in, the Ythan Singers was born. At that time the Musical Director was Gerald Hill followedby David Taylor, Jane Grime and, for a short time, Alison Young. The present Musical Director, Morag Paton, took over in 1988. Rosemary Lund has been the accompanist throughout the whole period.
Although based in Ellon, Ythan Singers performs in venues within resonable travelling distance within Aberdeenshire and sometimes outwith the area. The venues are varied ranging from Churches, National Trust properties, sheltered housing units and residential homes.
The repertoire of Ythan Singers is varied, from oratorios and other classical music, folk music especially Scottish music, songs from the musicals and semi pop music.
Ythan Singers are always actively seeking new voices to join us, particularly tenors and basses. If you would like to join then contact Ythan Singers and we will send you more details. Joining the choir is easy.
We meet at Ellon Parish Church Kirk Centre, Station Road, Ellon on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and are happy for anyone to come along and sit in before joining us. All voices are welcome though there is a waiting list for sopranos. Men (tenors in particular) are especially welcome. The Kirk Centre is next to Costcutters.
You don't need to be an experienced singer. If you can keep a tune, enjoy singing in general, are looking for something to do on a Monday evening, then you have all it takes to be made very welcome by the existing members. You don't have to know whether you are a soprano or an alto, a tenor or a bass. Our musical director will help you if you are unsure.
We do have an annual membership fee of £35 which goes towards the cost of musical scores, photocopying and any fees incurred. There is also a concessionary rate of £30 for students and retirees.
Ythan Singers is a charity registered in Scotland, Number SC038223.