If you would like to find out more about Inverness Choral Society, please contact us via
Some of the details of how we operate are listed below. If you are considering joining us, we'd be happy to chat with you beforehand to let you get to know some of us. Please use the e-mail address above for this.
COVID-19 and its impact on Autumn 2020 term
Our committee met on Wednesday 20th May 2020, and, after a lengthy discussion, decided to cancel activities planned for the autumn term, including the November concert and the Carolthon. The statement from Angus Bethune, Chair, reads:We are very mindful that many of us are in what is considered the 'vulnerable' age category, and we do not wish to put any of our members in any situation of potential danger. Planning for a large gathering of people in close proximity is off the table for now, and, whilst the present state of lockdown is not going to be eased at the flick of a switch, it is sadly likely that 'normal' activities will take some time, and will have to be carefully considered, before resuming. It is of course possible that a cure for the Covid-19 virus will be found soon, but that presently seems unlikely.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and will keep you advised should there be any change. We hope you will understand, and that you continue to stay safe and well.
DIRECTIONS: The address for rehearsals on Mondays at 7.30pm is
Smithton-Culloden Free Church
Smithton is situated to the east of Inverness, off the A96 Nairn (Aberdeen) road. Leaving Inverness, turn right at the second roundabout and continue up Barn Church Road. Turn right into Tower Road (at second traffic light junction). Continue through a set of lights (pedestrian). Half way up the hill turn right into Murray Road, and Smithton Free Church is first on the left. There is plenty of parking. You might be wise to check the location on Google Map so that you know the way. There are of course other routes which may be better for you.
Would you like to sing with us?
New members are always welcome. As stated above, the best time to join is at the beginning of one of the Sessions, i.e. in August or in January. There are no auditions as such - just a short voice test to make sure you are singing the correct part for your voice. If it has been a while since you last did any singing, don't worry, most people 'find their voices' again after a few rehearsals. Remember to bring a pencil with an eraser on the end for noting Gordon's instructions.
Our accompanist Sheila Bruce produces rehearsal CDs (for sale at a nominal charge) to help you learn and practise your part at home between rehearsals. You do not need to be expert at reading music, but it is necessary to at least be able to follow it and take note of the conductor's instructions during the rehearsal.
REHEARSALS are held on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. We have a short juice break around 8.30 pm (cost 40p) and a chance to get to know other choir members. You are expected to attend every rehearsal - if you miss more than three, you will not be able to sing in the concert.
Membership subscription will be reviewed once we are allowed toresume, but as a guide for 2019/20 they were £90 for the year, £25 for under 18s and full-time students. There is a reduced price of £45/£12.50 respectively for new members who join in January, i.e. half way through the year. Once you have joined however, you are not permitted to subsequently pay for only half the year!
Music may be purchased or hired.