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The Rosenethe Singers was first formed in 1964.  A group of singers was brought together for a local seminar to help prepare new choral conductors for schools, and the choir was born.  Since its inception, the choir has gone from strength to strength and is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary season.  Some of our members are still professionally engaged in music, mainly teaching, although the membership is drawn from many walks of life.  

The choir's founder conductor was the late George McVicar, until recently our Life President.  Subsequently, the choir was conducted by George Farmer, George Stewart and George Wilson.  Our current Musical Director, Matthew Beetschen, demonstrates that it is possible to conduct the choir without being called George!  To celebrate the choir's 40th Anniversary, a song was composed for the choir's birthday party.  This commemorates our conductors, as well as some of the choir members of the time.

Further details of the choir's history can be found here.

  Repertoire  

The choir is an excellent size to sing a very wide ranging repertoire, from the great works of choral music such as Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions, Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem to more recent works including Britten's War Requiem and music written for the Queen's Coronation in 1953.  In 2012 we performed Rachmaninov's Vespers in Dunblane Cathedral, by candlelight, and subsequently were invited to perform the Vespers in St Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen, as part of their Festival of Sacred Music.

A recent highlight was singing the world premier of At the Manger, a piece written for the choir by Alex Beetschen to mark Britten's centenary in 2013.  This follows a tradition in the choir of commissioning new works which we will hope to continue in the future.

For further details see Past Concerts.

  

The choir regularly performs with the Scottish Bach Players, the Scottish Brass Consort, with pianist Peter Alexander and in collaboration with actor Crawford Logan.  Other performances are unaccompanied.  Our main venue is Dunblane Cathedral, although we have also performed in various other local venues including the Church of the Holy Rude and the Tolbooth, both in Stirling, as well as other smaller venues around Central Scotland.

At Christmas we regularly perform in a charity concert at Gleneagles Hotel, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  The concert is very popular and tickets sell out very quickly.  

  Rehearsals  

The Rosenethe Singers meets weekly on Wednesdays (7:30 to 9:30 pm) in Dunblane Cathedral Halls.  Rehearsals usually start on the first Wednesday in September, although sometimes they begin in August, and run until the Spring concert, usually in March or May.  We break for school holidays in October, and for Christmas and Easter.

The choir is always happy to welcome new members, particularly Tenors and Basses.  Please contact our Musical Director if you would be interested in singing with us.

  Social Life  

Following Wednesday rehearsals, the choir members regularly enjoy refreshments at Dunblane's Tappit Hen, a short walk from the rehearsal venue.  We also regularly hold a party after each concert, at which all concert participants and audience members are welcome.  Drinks and nibbles are provided.

In previous years, we have organised evening meals to encourage social interaction and to celebrate the contribution of various long-serving choir members.  We hope to make these an annual event and are planning other social activities to encourage choir members to get together outwith rehearsals.  A recent Wine Tasting, organised with the assistance of Wood Winters in Bridge of Allan, was a great success in this regard and was enjoyed by everyone who was able to attend.  Any suggestions for future social activities would be greatly welcomed by the Committee.