The Choir's next Tour is scheduled for October 2017.
This time we are bound for Hungary to enjoy the history, beauty and culture of Budapest, as well as various smaller towns and the surrounding countryside of Hungary. Three concert performances are scheduled plus sharing in an International Choir Meeting with other choirs, involving a musical dinner and social evening. Our Tour contains a well organised programme of sightseeing and experiencing some local customs of the country. We presently have a confirmed party of 43 travellers consisting of 36 singers, 6 companions and our Music Director. Transportation, flights and accommodation is booked in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Budapest. A full itinerary is planned during our 5-night stay. Highlights of the Tour include sightseeing to the Buda Castle District, Fisherman’s Bastion, Hero’s Square and The Great Hall.
We have been granted permission to perform in Hungary’s largest church, the Esztergom Basilica, and take part in the “52nd International Choir Festival” held at Dorog, which includes performances by six choirs, two being Hungarian plus three from other countries.
We all look forward, with great enthusiasm, to the great opportunity of visiting this interesting and friendly country and joining with others in our mutual love of music. We are presently rehearsing an appropriate repertoire for our visit to Hungary.
View Photos from our previous Tours here
Tour to Iceland 2012
This exciting adventure took us to Reykjavik and the Snaefellnes Peninsula, with recitals at the Hateigskirkja, Stykkisholmur and Reykholt, as well as various less formal opportunities to sing.
Tour to Cologne, Germany 2009
This was the choir's first trip to the continent, and it was with much excitement that we boarded the plane in Aberdeen on our journey to Cologne. There were three exciting events arranged - a recital in the Christ Konig Church in Kempen, an opportunity to sing in Cologne Cathedral and a joint concert with the Bensburger Kammerchor. These events were squeezed in between opportunities to sightsee, sample German beer and Eiswein, and eat hearty meals. We were met with generous hospitality and warm friendship at all of the venues, and we all have wonderful memories of the beautiful churches, the magnificent cathedral and the marvelous party hosted by the Bensburger Kammerchor on our last night.
Here are some of the comments we have received from audience members when on earlier tours.
Wales Tour April 2005
"On April 1, I took a little quiet time in Hereford Cathedral. It turned out to be far more than that. I am primarily a jazz and soul music person, and my only previous experience of choral music had been limited to the Christmas radio broadcast from King's College Chapel, a sort of seasonal background to a great deal of cooking. A seamless sound and pleasant, but rather monotonous for my own taste. On this occasion, however, I was lucky enough to catch a concert given by the Stonehaven Choir.
Their first number, A Delyn Aur, moved me to tears. Each voice had its own individual sweetness and strength, quite distinct from the others, yet harmonising wonderfully, creating the most subtle resonances within the soundbox of the old stones. Does the Cathedral have exceptional acoustic properties? Such amazing changes. The overall sound, balanced but dynamic, had the same effect on me as Gorecki's 3rd symphony, a lifting of the spirit and beyond the ordinary. Harp of God is right.
I now understand the purpose of sacred music. It cleanses the mind and soothes the spirit. To quote from one of the readings - in themselves a work of art - "There is not any musical instrument comparable to the voices of men.."
Congratulations to the Choir and to the Choirmaster, your music has been a personal revelation to me. Also to the Cathedral, always, for creating the possibility of such revelations in such a great building surrounded by cascades of Easter lilies. These things make the rest of the world more bearable."
Sue Bradshaw, Hereford Cathedral April 2005
Eastern England Tour October 2000
"Even in October, Fotheringhay church is colder inside than out. The Stonehaven Chorus immediately warmed its audience with a glowing performance of two movements from Rachmaninov's Vespers. This small chamber choir sings with impressive confidence and clarity. Their programme of Words and Music from the Northlands included challenging and unusual works of modern Scandinavian composers as well as a moving arrangement of Sibelius's Finlandia. Their conductor John Hearne arranged the most memorable and unusual item. 'The Seagull' takes a Gaelic folk song and creates an atmospheric tone poem of magical sounds, truly evocative of the rocky harbour of Stonehaven. "
Liz Adinall - Fotheringhay Church Oct 2000
"I can honestly say that we, southerners, have rarely experienced such a varied, interesting and polished musical event in our church. In the days following the concert I met parishioners who were extremely pleased and generous with their praise, describing the performance as 'brilliant', 'beautiful', 'professional' and so accomplished. The folk of Elham wish to say 'well done' and a heartfelt 'thank you' to John Hearne and all members of the Stonehaven Chorus for travelling so far to entertain us. We now have a special link with musical friends in Scotland who will, we hope, return one day"
The Rev Canon Jonathon V H Russell, Elham Parish Church Oct 2000