History

Troon Chorus was originally founded by a group of choristers from twelve local choirs who got together and initially called themselves “The Twelve Choirs”. This happened in response to an initiative by BT [British Telecom] called “BT Voices for Hospices”, which called for choirs – all over the world – to perform Handel’s Messiah on the same day (17th October 1997), to raise money for the Hospice movement.

The choir was drawn largely from members of the following choirs: Troon Portland Parish Church; Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church, Troon; Troon Old Parish Church; St Meddan’s Church, Troon; St Nicholas’ Church, Prestwick; Alloway Parish Church, Ayr; Cunninghame Choir; Troon & Prestwick Choral Society; Ayr Choral Union; Kilmarnock Aeolian Male Voice Choir; Kilmarnock Choral Society; Burns Festival Chorus; Paisley Male Voice Choir and Marr Music department.

The new choir performed Handel’s Messiah in the Walker Hall, Troon on 17th October 1997 and was conducted by Douglas McBay.  That evening was such a success that a great number of the same choral gathering decided to form themselves into the new Troon Chorus which has been performing two concerts almost every year since 1998, from a wide ranging repertoire sacred, classical and modern.

The choir have had six conductors over its lifetime and all have contributed greatly to the range and variety of the choir’s repertoire:

Douglas McBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 – 2000

Peter Black . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2000 – 2003

Archie Thom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2003 – 2006

Andrew McTaggart . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2006 – 2012

Michael Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2012 – 2013

Sam Prescott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2014 –

Over that period the choir has performed many of the great choral classics by Mozart, Schubert, Handel, Faure, Britten, Pergolesi, and Bruckner and individual items from composers such as Goodall and Rutter as well as many operatic favourites. The choirs repertoire has ranged even wider to embrace more popular material by Henry Mancini, Simon & Garfunkel as well as Gilbert & Sullivan.

Over that time the choir has contributed to various charities including: The RNLI, Parkinsons UK, The Ayrshire Hospice, Hollybush House. Irvine and Troon Cancer Care, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) and Crossroads.

Concerts are usually held in Troon Old Parish Church in December and April. At our concerts we are usually accompanied by instrumentalists and guest soloists from Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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