The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 2016
On Saturday 10 December the Glasgow School of Art Choir performed in the annual Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert. The ensemble performed a selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas repertoire- including works by Bob Chilcott, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen- alongside a variety of soloists, at the sold-out performance. The evening featured the largest GSA Choir ensemble to date- with 89 singers.
Once in a Blue Moon celebration
On the eve of Halloween the residents of Garnethill hosted a ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ fire celebration to mark the new moon. At an evening event featuring music, performances, a parade, food and drink stalls and a bonfire, the GSA Choir performed a series of songs, and led the community in a sing-a-long for the finale.
Afternoon Tea at the Albert
On 2 October 2016 the Glasgow School of Art Choir performed a charity concert in the Victoria and Albert Halls, in Ballater, Aberdeenshire. The concert was held to raise funds for the local community’s newly-established flood fund, following on from the damage sustained by the town earlier in the year.
The ensemble performed the repertoire from our debut album, ‘Lines and Spaces‘, which was released two days prior to the concert.
Journalists’ Charity annual lunch
On 23 September 2016 the ensemble performed at the Journalists’ Charity annual lunch in Glasgow. The choir performed repertoire from our debut album, ‘Lines and Spaces‘, which was released the following week.
The 320-strong audience included politicians, journalists, photographers, and representatives from many of the country’s largest and most successful companies.
Live performance with “A New International”
On 6 May 2016 the Glasgow School of Art Choir performed live alongside Glasgow-based band, “A New International”. The choir featured as the band’s special guests during their performance at St Luke’s, Glasgow, where the band played songs from their debut album, “Come to the Fabulon”.
For the performance, the GSA Choir sang a selection of classical and contemporary choral choral music which complemented the band’s work and highlighted the wide range of classical influences their music contains.
The Glasgow School of Art Burns Supper 2016
On Friday 5 February 2016 the choir performed at The Glasgow School of Art Burns Supper in The Assembly Hall of The Students’ Association. The sold-out event featured numerous performances of Burns poetry and songs, and had all the traditional speeches associated with the annual event. The evening began with a lone piper and ended with a ceilidh, and the choir performed two traditional, Scottish pieces set by contemporary composers.
The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 2015
On Saturday 5 December 2015 the GSA Choir performed at The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 2015. As usual the concert featured an array of vocal and instrumental soloists from the GSA; and included a diverse selection of music ranging from work by John Tavener to Sergei Rachmaninoff. The sold-out performance also contained some traditional carols and lesser-known festive pieces, and offered the audience an ‘alternative’ musical Christmas.
Performance at the EAIE Conference 2015 ‘Scottish Reception’
In September 2015 the annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference was held in Glasgow. As part of this event the EAIE collaborated with some of Scotland’s Colleges to host a ‘Scottish Reception’ in the Old Fruitmarket, to which around 450 delegates from partner universities around the world were invited. The reception involved an evening of music, and included a performance by the Glasgow School of Art Choir who sang a selection of songs performed at The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert 2015.
The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert 2015
On Saturday 30 May 2015 the GSA Choir performed in The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert 2015. The bigger-than-ever programme featured a variety of classical music and contemporary choral pieces, in addition to a selection of vocal and instrumental soloists from the school. The concert ended with a performance of Edward Elgar’s “The Snow”, and the choir was accompanied by two violins in addition to the usual piano.
The Glasgow School of Art Burns Suppers 2015
On Wednesday 28 January 2015 the choir performed at the MASS Burns Supper in the Students’ Association of The Glasgow School of Art. The following day the choir performed again, this time at the GSA Burns Supper held in the Reid Building. At both performances the choir gave a rendition of an a cappella arrangement of “Ae Fond Kiss”, one of Robert Burns’ most famous poems.
The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 2014
On Saturday 6 December 2014 the GSA Choir took to the stage for the first time since the Mackintosh Building fire in May of that year. The evening featured an array of soloists and choir performances and featured the largest choir ensemble to date, at 51 singers, performing a wide variety of classical and contemporary choral music.
The ELIA 2014 Opening and Closing ceremonies
In November 2014 members of the choir performed alongside students from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the official opening and closing events of the 2014 European League of Institutes of the Arts Conference. The biennial conference was held in Glasgow over two days and at the opening the combined GSA/RCS choirs performed a specially written arrangement of “Wilkommen” and “Loch Lomond”. The following evening the choir and host institutions offered the audience a “musical handshake of friendship” as over 400 delegates and performers sang “Auld Lang Syne”.
The official opening ceremony of the Reid Building – world première of “Making It New”
On Wednesday 9 April 2014 the latest addition to The Glasgow School of Art campus – the Reid Building- was formally opened. At a ceremony attended by Robbie Coltrane, numerous dignitaries and the national press, a variety of events and celebrations were held throughout the day, one of which was a very special performance by the Glasgow School of Art Choir: the world première of “Making It New”. With lyrics by the then Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, and music by well-known composer, Ken Johnston, the piece was made possible with the help of Creative Scotland funding and is a musical celebration of the creation of art.
Evening recitals in East Kilbride and Dennistoun
On 4 February 2014 the choir undertook a pair of concert performances in order to assist in an academic research project at The Mackintosh School of Architecture. The choir performed four pieces in two renowned churches in Glasgow, both designed by architectural practice, Gillespie Kidd and Coia. The programme was recorded in order to substantiate the research project which investigated the relationship between architectural space and acoustics.
The Glasgow School of Art Winter Concert 2013
On Saturday 16 November 2013 the choir performed in The Glasgow School of Art Winter Concert. Choir membership had more than doubled since the previous GSA concert and the newly-enlarged group performed a selection of pieces alongside a variety of soloists.
The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert 2013 – A Night at the Musicals!
On Friday 10 May 2013 the choir performed a concert entitled “A Night at the Musicals!”. The evening featured works from Broadway and the West End, and included a selection of vocal and instrumental performances alongside the choir.
On 2 March 2013, the choir performed at “Sauchieholiday 2”: a two-day creative festival held at The Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association. The event comprised student organised workshops, exhibitions, installations and performances with the theme of ‘holiday’. As part of the event the choir performed a short concert programme in conjunction with an art installation in the Students’ Association of the Art School.
The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert 2012
The Glasgow School of Art Christmas Concert was held on Saturday 8 December 2012. The choir performed alongside a variety of instrumental and vocal soloists, in addition to assisting the audience with renditions of several well-known carols. The concert raised over £700 for the WithKids and Help4Heroes charities.
Performance at Degree Show 2012
The choir gave a very special series of performances in the Bourdon Building on the opening night of The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2012. Reprising repertoire from The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert the previous week, the choir performed an abridged programme to entertain visitors to the exhibition.
The Glasgow School of Art Summer Concert 2012
The first of the now-established GSA Concert Series performances was given on Thursday 31 May 2012 and included the first public performance of the Glasgow School of Art Choir, as well as a variety of soloists. The evening raised over £600 for the WithKids Charity.