Helensburgh Dorian Choir

Welcome to Helensburgh Dorian Choir website

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Whether you're looking for a good choir to join, would like to attend our next performance, or simply want to find out more about us, please be our guest, and read on...


Generally we sing in 4-parts although from time to time we have performed as two choirs, in six parts. The Choir has a professional musical director who also conducts, and a professional accompanist. We're run by a strong management committee made up of members.

Practising the difficult bits just prior to the Christmas Concert 2015


Christmas Concert - "Reflections of Christmas" - December 2016

Christmas 2016 Our aim in presenting our Christmas Concert is to offer you...

a feast of easy listening Christmas songs, carols and choral music ...

...some old and some new, with each appetising course representing one of the many and varied types of songs or works the choir performs.

The choir will be conducted by Matthew Todd and our piano accompanist will be Jane Hepworth.

We are delighted to have as our guests boy treble Stephen Chalk and baritone Euros Campbell.

The Choir's programme begins with...

...'Once In Royal David's City' (solo Stephen Chalk) and continues with a feast of choral songs including popular communal carols such as 'Hark! the Herald Angles Sing', several ancient carols such as the 'Sussex Carol' and 'Noel Nouvelet'.

These are followed by Karl Jenkins' dramatic choral suite 'The Armed Man', Verdi's 'Speed Your Journey' from the opera Nabucco, two solos - 'In Dreams' (Stephen Chalk), and the famous 'Pearl Fishers Duet' from Bizet's opera of the same name, sung by Euros Campbell, baritone and our Conductor Matthew Todd, tenor, with piano accompaniment by Jane Hepworth. And many more carols and songs sung by the choir...

Christmas 2016
So if you'd like to enjoy a concert evening of 'Reflections of Christmas' to truly remember, come along and join us on:

Friday 9th December at 7.30 pm in the United Reformed Church, West Princes Street, Helensburgh.

Tickets are £ 8 (£ 4 for under 16s). These are available from First Class (W. Princess Street), Helensburgh), Choir members or at the door. There will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.

You will be most welcome, and a very Merry Christmas to You and Yours.

Box Office

Tickets may be purchased:

For group bookings, further information or if you wish to join the choir, please call us on (01389) 841387.

Helensburgh Christmas Tree Festival

On Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 7.00 pm the choir will perform a short programme of Christmas music as part of this weeklong festival which has proved to be so popular over the last few years.

The festival is a breath-taking experience for children and adults alike as the church will be transformed into a 'Christmas card' setting with dozens of decorated, twinkling Christmas trees.

You (and your children) will not be disappointed. The festival venue is United Reformed Church, West princes Street, Helensburgh. Our short concert is free and a donation to charity will be most welcome.

Coffee 'n' Carols Afternoon

This is our main annual fund raising event where you can enjoy a hot coffee and mince pie listening to us singing well-known carols and seasonal songs.

We set up a number of Christmas stalls offering home-made patisseries, bric-a-brac and the ever-popular lucky bottle stall.

This year our afternoon was held at the United Reformed Church Hall, West Princes Street, Helensburgh on Saturday 26th November 2016 from 2.00 pm. It coincided with the Helensburgh Winter Festival and proved to be a popular part of the day.

It's well worth a visit - do come along next year if you can.

Spring Concert, May 2017

Each year we perform two major concerts in May and December, and from time to time make appearances at fund-raising and charity events.

Spring Following on from our successful Spring Concert this year we plan to make the Concert next year something just as special.

Our conductor, Matthew Todd, will lead us in a grand array of popular choral music, some old and some new, some from shows, others folk classics and some to stir your imagination and mood. Each piece will represent one of the many and varied types of songs or works the choir performs.

The performance will be held on Friday 5th May 2017 at the United Reformed Church, West Princes Street, Helensburgh at 7.30 pm.

We'll be announcing details about the concert in the Spring.

What's Included in the Site?

The site includes info. about Concerts and Tickets, Pics & Clips, Who's Who, Joining the Choir, Music for Hire, Choral Singing, Useful Links and our Gift Shop. Please surf at your leisure... and if you'd like us to include info. on other topics or you have comments about any aspect of the site, we'd be pleased to hear from you. You can contact us here.

About the Choir

We're a friendly, mixed choir, about 65 strong. We rehearse and perform in and around Helensburgh & Lomond on the west coast of Scotland. We have stunning views across the 3-mile wide Firth of Clyde, and 8 miles the other way, over the Black Hill, are the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

Our 'Come and Sing' day on Saturday 5th September 2015 was a great success.

This was an open day for singers of all abilities and experience to enjoy themselves singing with some members of the Choir, and if they liked it, to consider joining us.

We called the event "FROM THE MESSIAH TO MAMA MIA" because the pieces we practised and performed (mainly for the sheer fun of it) included: For Unto Us A Child Is Born from the Messiah (Handle), In Praise of Islay (Trad.Scottish) and Abba's Mamma Mia (Andersson, Ulvaeus, Kotliar & Anderson). The day was led by our conductor Matthew Todd and accompanied be Jane Hepworth.

Rehearsal went well and, at the end of the day, the 'choir' performed the pieces to a small audience of family and friends. The pic above shows last year's'choir' enjoying well derserved applause for their performance.

Glasgow Music Festival, March 2015

In March 2015 the Choir sang in the Glasgow Music Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Here we all are (pic above) in an anteroom to the main auditorium waiting to be called on stage.


Dorian has a broad-ranging repertoire which suits most tastes. We sing quality choral music which embraces a wide range, from short and excerpts of oratorios to Jazz, from mediaeval ballads and classical songs to folk and popular music.

There are opportunities for members to sing solo and in small groups from time to time. We include fun and experimental pieces.

Supporting this exciting repertoire is our developmental approach to music making - we aim to improve our ability and quality in manageable steps - continuously becoming the very best we can be.

Who's Who?

Included here are details about how the Choir is run, the Management Committee, the Conductor and the Accompanist.

Pics & Clips

If you'd like to put a face or two to our name, have a look at our 'Pics' page. We've included shots of the Choir enjoying themselves and some shots of individual members (enjoying themselves too). We've even included photos of Helensburgh - we love it despite the rain.
Also you can hear Audio Clips of us singing. Hope you've got good speakers!


Dorian is a member of Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies.

In May 2010 we performed the World Premiere of 'Music of the Hill' & 'Mountains I love' funded by a Choral Ambition Grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund in association with Making Music.

In 2009 Argyll & Bute Council awarded us a generous grant under the Home Coming Scheme towards our Diamond Jubilee Spring Concert.

In 2005 the Council also granted us and other users of Helensburgh Victoria Halls, 50% of the cost of new portable staging which can accommodate 75 singers.

The Choir is a charity registered in Scotland and aims to offer membership and ticket prices at the most reasonable levels possible.


We normally have several social events each year. A Members' and guests party after our Spring Concert in May and an open Christmas party after our December concert.

At the end of our year, in June, we have a posh dinner at a local hotel or club which sometimes ends on a choral note around a piano.

Informally we have a break at each of our weekly rehearsals to give an opportunity for members to get to know each other and socialise. Some of us retire to a local pub after rehearsals to sooth our larynxes.
Although we have social events because members like them, they also contribute to our musical rapport on the concert platform.


The Dorian is the oldest choir in Helensburgh having been set up in 1949 by James MacTaggart. He was a remarkable man who was blinded as the result of a childhood injury but went on to become an organist, a teacher of piano and singing and a choral conductor and arranger.

At its beginning the Choir's repertoire consisted, in the main, of Scot's songs, sacred music and part-songs. Later it extended its repertoire to include classical works with accompanying musicians and soloists.

For some time now the Choir has 'specialised' in singing a broad-ranging repertoire. This results in the Choir appealing to a wide audience, which contributes in turn to a high standard of performance and a high level of personal satisfaction of members.

Joining the Choir

If you think we might be the kind of Choir you would like to sing in, come and try us out for a week or two, then make up your mind. You'll be very welcome.

Here you'll find the contact details you need and some notes about the practise CDs we produce, singing tips and frequently asked questions.