The Mackintosh Choir was launched in October 2011 with support from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and the Queen’s Cross Housing Association to advance the appreciation and enjoyment of singing in the local area.
The choir’s aims are
- to promote enjoyment, health and wellbeing and social inclusion through community singing and performance
- to advance appreciation of singing through the presentation of public concerts
In the beginning, the Mackintosh Church was the venue for rehearsals, concerts, singing workshops and other musical events bringing to the area an excellent opportunity to engage with the arts. In 2016, due to the growing size of the choir and the physical constraints of the Mackintosh Church as a performance venue, the choir moved to the much larger St John’s-Renfield Church in Kelvindale. This has been a positive move providing a more flexible and comfortable space for rehearsals and concerts.
The choir has enjoyed continuous growth and success since its inception performs at two annual concerts, one in June and the other in December. The choir also makes a regular appearance at the Glasgow Music Festival each year having come first in the Class for Mixed Choirs in 2016. In addition, the choir has been invited to join with other Glasgow Choirs for a variety of concerts and performances in the City Halls, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park. In 2017, the Choir was invited to give musical support to the National Theatre of Scotland in its production of ‘The Submarine Time Machine’ in a week of outdoor performances along the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal from Spiers Wharf to Firhill Football Stadium.
The success of the choir is largely due to the skill and enthusiasm of the choir’s musical director, Paul Keohone, and accompanist Gordon Cree. Paul is a highly talented and well known opera singer and vocal coach, and Gordon an extremely accomplished musician and composer, both of whom are in great demand in their professional lives.
The choir has expanded to its current limit of 60 singers and has a waiting list of eager recruits, although Tenors and Basses would be welcome.