The Lanark Choral was formed in 1971 by John Morton and Philip Fox. The choirs of Cairns and St John’s Church of Scotlands came together to sing portions of Handel’s Messiah. From there Lanark’s original community choir was born. Cairns Church organist, John Morton, was the accompanist and St John’s organist, Philip Fox, was conductor.
Apart from performing the major oratorios and cantatas of baroque, romantic and 20th century composers, we have included works by Poulenc, Rutter and Karl Jenkins, and we very much enjoy singing lighter and more popular music in social settings, such as Gilbert and Sullivan, American cabaret style concerts and Scots Nights.
Our members come from Lanark, Carluke, Dalserf, Kirkmuirhill and further afield from across North and South Lanarkshire.
Today, you could say we are simply for people who love to sing, and for audiences who love to listen to us singing!
We are very much a community choir and are looking at new ways in which we can become more relevant and integrated. We want to encourage the future local singers to get involved and support our youngsters by offering opportunities to perform with us.
If you have any ideas how we can achieve this then don’t delay, and use the contact page to get in touch!
December 2018 – Rutters Magnificat
April 2018 – Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Vivaldi Gloria
December 2017 – Over Jordan spiritual set, Scottish Suite by Katy Lavinia Cooper, and European folk songs
April 2017 – Faure Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Franck Panis Angelicus with choral arrangements of works by Bowie, George Michael and Cohen.