With a current membership of around 30 singers, Glasgow Chamber choir was founded in 1994 and has developed into one of Scotland’s finest amateur choirs. Directed for the last ten seasons by Michael Bawtree, its repertoire spans the Renaissance to the present day and has included the Scottish premieres of works by James Whitbourn, Hans Gál, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Richard Bush and Judith Bingham.

The choir performs regularly in Glasgow and central Scotland, and has toured to France, Holland and Sweden, where it has formed links with other choirs.

Recent BBC radio engagements have included William Walton’s Henry V Suite with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sunday Worship live and Bryan Burnett’s ‘Get it On’ show live on BBC Radio Scotland. The choir features regularly in Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The Glasgow Chamber Choir has been going since 1994 so we have quite a number of former members, although we still haven’t been able to get rid of some of the initial lineup permanently!

The current choir members are:

Sopranos

Kathryn Allan
Kathryn AllanSoprano

Jenny Booth
Jenny BoothSoprano

Katie Docherty
Katie DochertySoprano

Ruth Elder
Ruth ElderSoprano
Our token “Kiwi”, Ruth has been in the UK for a while now and takes the teasing about her accent very well since she hasn’t slapped anyone yet (apart from Gary and he was asking for it!)

Lynn Fraser
Lynn FraserSoprano
Lynn studied music at Glasgow University – flute being her main instrument. Since then she has taught music in various forms and places including schools, privately and freelance. She claims to be relatively new to singing ‘properly’ and loves being in the chamber choir.

Katie Knox
Katie KnoxSoprano

Claire McBride
Claire McBrideSoprano

Cathy McCallum
Cathy McCallumSoprano

Keren Nicol
Keren NicolSoprano
Keren studied music at University of Edinburgh and now works in arts marketing. She has previously sung with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, RSNO Chorus, Edinburgh University Singers, Strathclyde University Chamber Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus, London.

Louise Sheridan
Louise SheridanSoprano

Gemma Wallbanks
Gemma WallbanksSoprano
Gemma studied music at Reading University then worked for the Royal Opera House and Scottish Opera. She is now a full time mother of two girls and gives piano lessons in her spare time. She gets very excited about her trips to choir as all other hobbies have given way to time at the beach, playground etc.

 Altos

Elizabeth Burgoyne
Elizabeth BurgoyneAlto

Helen Cais
Helen CaisAlto
Helen joined us to help out for one concert when a regular member couldn’t be there and is still with us numerous concerts later (we are glad to say!)

Morag Campbell
Morag CampbellAlto

Marion Carson
Marion CarsonAlto

Kirsty Innes
Kirsty InnesAlto
Kirsty was our secretary for a while but is delighted to have handed on this task. She missed one of our recent performances for the poor reason that she was doing a major solo in another concert.

Liz Macdonald
Liz MacdonaldAlto
Liz has been a stalwart of the choir for many years and helps out with the library, mainly buying or borrowing music.

Geraldine Mynors
Geraldine MynorsAlto
Geraldine is a Londoner who wound up in Glasgow in 2013 and was delighted to find a home from home in GCC after 22 years with the Elysian Singers. A health services manager by background, she has two children and lives handily right next to our rehearsal venue.

Sheena Patrick
Sheena PatrickAlto
Sheena studied piano, singing and percussion at the RSAMD and has been actively involved in making music since the age of six. She is very happy to include among her varied musical activities, membership of the GCC.

Tenors

Chris Bond
Chris BondTenor

Ian Gibson
Ian GibsonTenor
Ian works as a sound engineer, and is also an accomplished pianist. However, he had to give up a promising career as an organist because of emotional trauma after absent-mindedly finding himself playing ‘Sheep may safely graze’ at the funeral of the local butcher.

Graeme Simpson
Graeme SimpsonTenor
Graeme is a Doctor who assures us that he really doesn’t want to see your sore finger/back/toe/whatever (delete as appropriate) when he is not at work!

Rob Watts
Rob WattsTenor
Rob started singing at St. Mary’s Warwick aged 10. He stayed there until the age of 20, although he wasn’t still singing treble when he left. He moved up to Skipton to study Outdoor Pursuits and joined Ilkley Choral Society for a few years. Then moved around for a while doing that student procrastinatey thing of continuing in education for as long as they will fund him… before ending up in Glasgow about 10 years ago. Life finally settled down and he realised he missed singing. After a false start at another choir he joined GCC in 2009. His plan is to link with as many GCCs as possible: working for Glasgow Climbing Centre with groups from Glasgow City Council… any other suggestions? When he’s not singing, Rob works as a climbing instructor (the hills are alive…..)

Gary Young
Gary YoungTenor
One of the singers at the first ever rehearsal of the choir, Gary started singing as a treble in the choir of Holy Trinity Church in Motherwell. He has sung in various choirs, including All Saints’ Church in Gosforth (Newcastle upon Tyne), Decantus (former Diocesan choir of Glasgow & Galloway) and Glasgow Renaissance Singers. With the Marian Consort he has sung in Wells, Lincoln, Norwich and Winchester Cathedrals, and with Glasgow University Chapel Choir he has taken part in tours of Dublin and Norfolk. Gary also sings in the choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow and is the administrator of RSCM Scottish Voices, a national choir formed in 2008. A keen motorcyclist, he worked as a courier for a year in a former life, and is currently an analyst.

Ben Fourie
Ben FourieTenor

Bruno Peaudecerf
Bruno PeaudecerfTenor

Basses

Ali Downes
Ali DownesBass
Ali started singing at school, joined the local church choir and then sang with the Strathclyde University Chorus. After a number of years doing very little choral singing other than at his church Carol Service, a chance conversation gave him the opportunity to sing in a choir put together to perform in Rick Wakeman’s “New Gospels”. The enjoyment of this encouraged him back into singing and he was delighted to get the chance to join GCC. When not singing or doing church stuff he enjoys food and wine, travel and food and wine.

Joe Gatherer
Joe GathererBass
Apparently there is a choral piece by an obscure aboriginal composer which Joe hasn’t sung in (yet) but we haven’t found anything else yet so we don’t know if he can sight read or not!

Alastair Johnson
Alastair JohnsonBass

Noel Mann
Noel MannBass
Noel has sung in the GCC since 2004. Two highlights have been a low B natural in Howells ‘Take him earth for cherishing’ now though superseded by a low A (should have been a Bb) in Rachmaninov’s Nunc Dimittis from ‘The Vespers’ (we had gone a touch flat!) and a treble clef top A in Zelenka’s ‘Missa Dei Filii’.

Ross Fettes
Ross FettesBass

Leon Reimer
Leon ReimerBass