The GSA Christmas Concert 2015 will be held on Saturday 5th December 2015 and will feature The Glasgow School of Art Choir and an array of vocal and instrumental soloists from the GSA. The evening will feature a diverse selection of music ranging from work by John Tavener to Stephen Sondheim, as well as traditional carols and some lesser-known festive pieces. In-keeping with tradition, there will be also be some audience participation required at some point in the evening!
More information can be found on our website.
P.S. Can't wait for the 5th December?! Then why not listen to a recording of the GSA Choir performing the world premiere of 'Making It New' at the opening of the GSA's newest campus building- the Reid Building- on the 9th April 2014? Check out the link here: https://soundcloud.com/the-gsa-choir/world-premiere-of-making-it
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes please. In order to gain entry to the concert all concert goers must present a valid paper ticket upon arrival at Adelaide's.
When & Where
The Glasgow School of Art Choir
The Glasgow School of Art Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble primarily comprising past and present staff and students of The Glasgow School of Art. The choir was founded with the principal aim of creating an amateur chorus which would perform to a standard far above that of an average amateur group, an objective we continue to pursue. The ensemble has quickly gained a reputation for outstanding musical discipline and is committed to expanding its repertoire and the musicianship of its members.
The choir performs repertoire from a wide range of genres including Duruflé, Fauré and Elgar as well as works by contemporary choral composers including Chilcott, Lauridsen and Whitacre. Recent concerts have also included pieces from musical theatre and traditional Scottish songs.
The Glasgow School of Art Choir performs regularly in two concerts each year- a Christmas concert in December and Summer concert in May– as well as numerous other engagements. More information can be found on our website.
On 9th April 2014 the choir performed the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece of music at the opening of The Glasgow School of Art's new campus building, the Reid Building. Called "Making It New" the piece was written by the then Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead, and Glasgow-born Ken Johnston.
In June 2016 the ensemble recorded “Light Through Tall Windows”, a new choral work written about the Mackintosh Building, in the Mackintosh Library. The piece, written as a response to the fire which partially damaged the Mackintosh Building in 2014, was written as a collaboration between two GSA alumni and will be released as a CD single in early 2017 to raise money for the Mackintosh Campus Appeal. It is available to pre-order now from the choir shop.
In 2019 the choir will be performing a specially commissioned choral work by renowned composer Sir James MacMillan, CBE, which will be premiered in the Mackintosh Building as part of the re-opening celebrations once the building has been restored, following the devastating fire in May 2014.
Although the ensemble is closely affiliated with The Glasgow School of Art there is no requirement for our members to be affiliated in any way with the institution: the choir is non-auditioned and open to all.
The GSA choir is accompanied by Cason Kang, a keyboard student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The Glasgow School of Art Choir is a registered SCIO, No: SC046420.