St Mary Magdalene's, Dundee

Music and Choir

Music has always been part of Christian worship, and is able to express, indeed transcend, human thoughts and emotions. It can speak to all of us, whether believers, doubters or unbelievers, expressing our deepest spirituality. The Anglican tradition regards music, and in particular choral music, as an important aspect of worship.

At St Mary Magdalene's, Choral Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at the 11.00 am service between August and June. The Gloria, Sursum Corda and Lord's Prayer are always sung to the setting by Merbecke to allow congregational participation. On alternate weeks, settings of the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei by Harwood, Ireland and Darke are sung by the choir; and it is planned to introduce further settings. The choir chants the reading from the Psalms. The Anthem, sung after communion, is selected from a wide repertoire, ranging from Tudor to contemporary choral writing. There is an extensive choir library.


The Choir currently comprises 3 sopranos, 3 altos, 2 tenors and 1 bass. Additional members — men especially — are always welcome. Although singing experience and the capability to read music are great advantages, the basic qualifications are an ability to sing in tune and a willingness to learn!   The Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.

Alastair Davidson, our Organist, has been associated with St Mary Magdalene's since 1987; he is the President of the Tayside Organists' Society. Sally Carus, one of our choristers, is the Vice-President of the Society. Bill Sinclair, our Director of Music, is on the left in the back row of the photograph with some of the choristers. He has over 30 years experience as a choirmaster.