The 1980’s

Banchory Singers founded in 1984 by Marion and Viv Jenkins

17th April 1988 East Church Vivaldi Gloria

April 1988 East Church Vivaldi Gloria

Christmas Concert 1989

Christmas Concert 1989

 The 1990’s

The choir celebrated 10 years with an Anniversary Concert and Ceilidh.  They performed with the Banchory Youth Singers, Banchory Academy’s Brass Ensemble and The Aberdeen College Brass Ensemble and supported the Banchory Swimming Pool fund.

Sing We Christmas Concert 1990

Sing We Christmas Concert 1990

Christmas Concert 1989

Sing We Christmas Concert Programme 1990

Trial by Jury 1991

Trial by Jury 1991

10th Anniversary Concert 1994

10th Anniversary Concert 1994

10th Anniversary Concert Programme 1994

10th Anniversary Concert Programme

Rehearsing for Christmas Concert 1994

The Choir and Banchory Academy’s Brass Ensemble rehearsing in readiness for their Christmas Concert in 1994

Marion Jenkins ten years as musical director in 1995

Marion Jenkins is presented with a gift in recognition of her 10 years as musical director, 1995

10th Birthday Ceilidh 1995

10th Birthday Ceilidh 1995

Sing A Rainbow Concert 1996

Sing A Rainbow Concert 1996

Sing A Rainbow Concert Programme 1996

Sing A Rainbow Concert Programme 1996

BT Voices for Hospices 1997 Choir at East Church

BT Voices for Hospices Choir in East Church 1997 (Jim Henderson)

Spring Concert 1997

Spring Concert 1997

Spring Concert Programme 1997

Spring Concert Programme 1997

Christmas Concert 1997

Christmas Concert 1997

Christmas Concert Programme 1997

Christmas Concert Programme 1997

Spring Concert 1999

Spring Concert 1999

Spring Concert Programme 1999

Christmas Concert Programme 1999

A Musical Trip Through Time Christmas Concert 1999

A Musical Trip Through Time Christmas Concert 1999

A Musical Trip Through Time Christmas Concert Programme 1999

A Musical Trip Through Time Christmas Concert Programme 1999

 The 2000’s

During this decade the Norwegian choir Sydvestkoret and Cassdorf Gospel Choir from Germany visited and sung with the Singers. With a return trip made to Germany to sing with the Cassdorf Gospel Choir.  The choir marked its 25th anniversary with specially written songs by the musical director.

BT Hospices 2000 Rehearsals
BT Hospices 2000 Rehearsals
BT Voices for Hospices rehearsal Woodend Barn 2000 Hayden Creation

BT Voices for Hospices 2000 Rehearsals

Music For May Concert 2000

Music For May Concert 2000

Music For May Concert 2000

Music For May Concert Programme 2000

Spring Concert May 2001 Banchory Town hall

Spring Concert May 2001 Banchory Town Hall

Spring Concert May 2001 with Aberdeenshire Young Musicians of the Year finalists for 2001

Spring Concert May 2001 with Aberdeenshire Young Musicians of the Year finalists for 2001

Music in the garden at the Tor-Na-Coille hotel in aid of the Archie Foundation May 2002
Music in the garden at the Tor-Na-Coille hotel in aid of the Archie Foundation May 2002

Music in the garden at the Tor-Na-Coille hotel in aid of the Archie Foundation May 2002

Spring Concert 2003

Banchory Singers Spring Concert 2003

Spring Concert Programme 2003

Banchory Singers Spring Concert Programme 2003

Christmas Concert 2003

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert 2003

Spring Concert Programme 2003

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert Programme 2003

Spring Concert 2004

Cassdorf Gospel Choir May 2004 read more

Medieval Fayre 2004

Medieval Fayre 2004

Banchory Singers outside Cassdorf Church after singing at the Sunday morning service

Banchory Singers visit Germany July 2005 read more

Spring Concert 2004

Norwegian choir Sydvestkoret May 2006 read more

Christmas Concert 2006

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert 2006

Christmas Concert Programme 2006

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert Programme 2006

Spring Concert 2007

Banchory Singers Spring Concert 2007

Spring Concert Programme 2007

Banchory Singers Spring Concert  Programme 2007

Christmas Concert 2008

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert 2008

Christmas Concert Programme 2008

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert Programme 2008

Christmas Concert December 2008

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert 2008

Inverurie Singing Festival March 2009
Inverurie Singing Festival March 2009
Inverurie Singing Festival March 2009
Inverurie Singing Festival March 2009

Inverurie Singing Festival March 2009

Spring Concert 2009

Banchory Singers Spring Concert 2009

Spring Concert Programme 2009

Banchory Singers Spring Concert Programme 2009

25th Anniversary of Banchory Singers

Original members of the Banchory Singers  celebrating the 25th Anniversary

Christmas Concert 2009

Banchory Singers Christmas Concert 2009

2009 - Concert Celebrating 25 Years of The Banchory Singers

Celebrating 25 years since formation the choir performed two specially written songs arranged by Musical Director Tara Leiper

 The 2010’s

Banchory Singers sung Gilbert & Suvillan’s The Gondoliers, performed Faure Requiem in it’s entirety and recorded a CD.   There were several performances of Pirates of Penzance and fund raising in aid of Banchory Sports Village and The British Legion.

Spring Concert 2010 featuring excerpts from The Gondoliers

Spring Concert 2010 featuring excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s  ‘The Gondoliers’

Spring Concert Programme 2010

Spring Concert Programme 2010

Christmas Concert 2010

Christmas Concert 2010

Christmas Concert Programme 2010

Christmas Concert Programme 2010

Spring Concert 2011

Spring Concert 2011

Spring Concert Programe 2011

Spring Concert Programme 2011

Christmas Concert 2011

Christmas Concert 2011

Christmas Concert Programme 2011

Christmas Concert Programme 2011

Scott Skinner Square Christmas 2012

Scott Skinners Square 2012

Christmas Concert 2012

Christmas Concert 2012

Raemoir Garden Centre 2012

Christmas Eve at Raemoir Garden Centre 2012

Spring Concert Banchory Town Hall 2013

Spring Concert Banchory Town Hall 2013

The performance included Faure Requiem in its entirety the first time the choir had attempted an entire work.  Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, Eonia by John Tavener and the final piece Handel’s Zadok The Priest.

Scott Skinner Square Banchory River Festival June 2013

Scott Skinner Square Banchory River Festival June 2013

Festive Concert Programme 2013

Christmas Concert Programme 2013

Christmas Concert December 2014 live recording for CD

Christmas Concert December 2014 live recording for CD

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance March 2014  see more

Christmas Concert 2014

Christmas Concert 2014

Christmas Concert Programme 2014

Christmas Concert Programme 2014

Purcell's King Arthur  - 30th Anniversary Concert 2015

Saturday 28th March 2015 was a busy day for our conductor Tara Leiper as she rehearsed the choir and many other singers for the whole of Purcell’s King Arthur.  An evening performance with a small instrumental group was held at Banchory East Church. Choral soloists were drawn from the choir, many singing ‘solo’ for the first time.  In all a very rewarding day to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Banchory Singers

Musical Menu for May 2015

May 2015 we held our Spring concert a musical menu where our audience helped choose the program from a ‘menu’ of 40 different songs.

Banchory Sports Village Fundraiser 2015

Big Singout at the East Church in aid of the Banchory Sports Village October 2015

Fundraising support for HomeStart at the British Legion Nov 2015

Fundraising support for HomeStart at the British Legion November 2015

Handing over a donation to Banchory Sport Village May 20217

Celebration of Song Concert May 2016

Spring Concert 2017

A Celebration of Song May 2016

Festive Concert 2016

Festive Concert 2016

Handing over a donation to Banchory Sport Village May 20217

Handing over a donation to Banchory Sport Village May 2017

Spring Concert 2017

Spring Concert May 2017 

Festive Concert 2017

Festive Concert 2017

Festive Concert 2019

Festive Concert 2019

 The 2020’s

The Covid-19 pandemic saw Banchory Singers hold their first virtual festive concert 

Virtual Festive Concert 2020

Our first Virtual Festive Concert 2020

Virtual Festive Concert 2020

Virtual May Concert 2021

This Christmas Singing's Coming Home Festive Concert 2021

This Christmas Singing’s Coming Home Festive Concert 2021

History of the Choir

The choir was founded in 1984 by a Welsh couple, Marion and Viv Jenkins and the present day choir still has a few members from the original group.

Our first Musical Director, Marion retired in 1995 and was replaced by Tara Leiper, music lecturer at Aberdeen Northern FE College. She was young, talented and progressive, providing regular compositions and arrangements of her own for the choir’s performances. She was keen for the choir to become more outward looking by establishing contacts with other choirs, with a view to performing joint concerts.

The choir has been supported by several pianists over the years including David Shepherd, a composer and arranger in his own right. In due course Tara moved on (temporarily!) and allowed David, to step into the limelight and he continued to nurture the choir through his own talent and enthusiasm. The tradition of enthusiasm was then picked up by Angela Foster, who was our musical director from 2005 – 2008. Since then we have been delighted to welcome back Tara, who is our current Musical Director.

Banchory Singers is a member of the National Association of Choirs and held a joint concert with the Scottish Concert Choir in Banchory in 1998.

In common with most amateur choirs, our repertoire ranges from classical to folk to modern and we perform in local concerts, festivals and charity events. We had a brief ‘flirtation’ with Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year (preliminary round) and notably we support charity fund-raising.

Many in Banchory work in the oil industry and this results in much movement of members in and out of the choir; whilst also providing voices from all around the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands, as well as local inhabitants.

Banchory Singers have benefited from two Lottery Awards under the Scottish Arts Council, Awards For All scheme. The first, in 1999 bought us a digital piano that helps in venues where we need to take an accompanying instrument. The second in 2000, provided high-quality portable staging. Both these awards will help the choir for the future as we try and expand our horizons.