As well as being a place of worship Perth Cathedral also endeavours to provide a rich musical experience for the community. Under the direction of the Music Director, the cathedral choir sings a wide range of sacred choral works. The cathedral’s fine organ, favourable acoustics, space and ambience also attract other choral and orchestral groups, both amateur and professional. Perth Cathedral, 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. It leads the worship at the weekly Sunday Eucharist and several extraordinary services, including choral evensong.
Rehearsals are: Thursdays 7.00–8.30pm and Sundays at 10am and as required in preparation for special services and festivals.
The first organ was installed when the cathedral was built in 1850 and, according to the first precentor in 1901, was built by Robson of London. In the 1880s, when the centre nave and north aisle were completed, the organ was rebuilt by P. Connacher and Eustace 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 the late A.F.Edmonstone, Forteviot, in 1996. The detached console, in the north choir aisle, has four manuals and 67 draw stops.
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