_L4A0021 Dumfries can trace its choral tradition back to 1863 when “Dumfries and Maxwelltown Choral Society” was founded and continued without a break until 1915.  Activities appear to have lapsed at that time, presumably because of the First World War. Although a few minor contributions were made to a series of subscription concerts at the Lyceum Theatre between 1919 and 1921, no formal choral activity is recorded during the next thirty years.

The origins of Dumfries Choral Society date back to 1943.  That year, Edward Murray, headmaster of St John’s School, started up a small choir which met on Monday evenings in St John’s Church with the curate accompanying on the organ.  As the numbers increased, and at Edward Murray’s instigation, the choir met on 5 March 1945 at Greyfriars’ Church and formed Dumfries Choral Society.

The Society’s first performance, held in St John’s Church, just before the Christmas of 1945, was Handel’s “Messiah”.

The Choral Society has been involved with the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Chorus, the Dumfries and Galloway Chorus, and the National Youth Choir of Scotland Dumfries & Galloway.

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    What a fun(d)raiser for the Choral!

    YINPIANNI gave us a wonderful afternoon of music and fun on Sunday.

    What work and what talent!

    A very big thank you to Geoff Davidson, Mike Stenhouse and their very talented page turner for such a fun(d)raiser for us. And to the ‘full house’ who supported them and the Choral.



    Fun(d)raiser recital on 1 October

    Geoff Davidson and Mike Stenhouse(YINPIANNI) are giving a lightsome and fun afternoon recital of popular piano duets and songs on Sunday 1 October at 3pm in Laurieknowe Primary School Hall.

    Tickets £10 (students £5)

    Piano duets by Faure, Moszkowski and Grieg
    Arrangements of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian, Herold and Gluck
    Songs by Francis George Scott, John Duarte and Flanders & Swann

    Tickets available from Choral members, the Midsteeple Ticket Office, via the Choral’s website or at the door.

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