About Us

City of Glasgow Chorus

The City of Glasgow Chorus is Glasgow’s flagship choir. Our members are dedicated and talented singers and perform with professional musicians to a very high standard. Most of all, we have fun!

Our music director, Graham Taylor founded the City of Glasgow Chorus in 1983. The Chorus is now one of the biggest independent choral groups in the West of Scotland and is a significant player in Scotland’s arts environment. We’ve grown into an organisation that has around 80 members singing a wide range of musical genres, committed to performing less familiar pieces as well as the popular and well-loved choral works.

Experiences of singing with the Chorus

Meet our Music Director & Accompanist

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor is one of Scotland’s most respected choral directors. As a singer he has had a long involvement in choral music having sung with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and John Currie’s Scottish Chorus, a handpicked ensemble which was formed specifically to perform overseas with concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Milan to name a few.

As a choral director, he studied under John Currie and Sir Alexander Gibson and worked with several choirs in the west of Scotland before founding the City of Glasgow Chorus in 1983 and remains its Music Director today.

He has led the Chorus through the full spectrum of choral music conducting works such as Faure’s Requiem, Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Medelssohn's Elijah and Mahler’s 8th Symphony – the Symphony of a Thousand which he conducted for its first performance for over 16 years in Glasgow as part of the European City of Culture in 1990.

Graham works regularly with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and has conducted the Scottish Festival Orchestra, the City of Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra He conducts and presents the annual Christmas Cracker concert from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

In 2006, he conducted the world premiere recording of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s cantata, the Return of Odysseus with the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. The recording was released on the Divine Art label to critical acclaim. Graham Taylor was made an MBE by HM The Queen in 2010 for services to music in Glasgow.

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor was born in Belfast, and began playing the piano at the age of six. He studied at the City of Belfast School of Music with Thomas Davidson, receiving the Bertram Jones Award in 1984. He performed in several recitals in Belfast and won numerous prizes at various music festivals.

In 1992, Colin graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied with Gusztav Fenyo and Jean Hutchison, performing in several public recitals and competitions, with awards gained including The Lawrence Glover Memorial Prize.

Colin has participated in masterclasses with John Lill, Pascal Roge, Peter Donohoe, Ekaterina Murina, Vladimir Shakin, James Gibb and Roger Vignoles.

In 1994, he was a prize-winner at the ISM Piano Competition in Sheffield and was a piano finalist at the Ulster Bank Music Foundation in Dublin.

As well as performing solo recitals, Colin has worked as an accompanist for several opera societies and choirs in Glasgow, including The Savoy Club and Glasgow Grand Opera Society.

He has been accompanist for the City of Glasgow Chorus since 1998 and the vocal group Brats & Callets since 2008.

Musical Variety

We perform a wide variety of music:

  • Beautiful choral works by composers such as: Verdi, Mozart and Fauré and some of the most challenging works in the repertoire such as Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
  • Seldom-performed works by mainstream composers, like Mendelssohn’s Die Erste
    Walpurgisnacht, Holst’s Choral Symphony and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony; and
  • Traditional and modern carols, film music and songs from West End musicals at our very popular Christmas Cracker in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

You can find out details of our current
concert season here.

We’re versatile and our services are regularly “bought in” by other concert promoters so we often sing music from the shows and film scores and support big name acts. We have also worked with other choirs and have
recently returned from performing with the Leeds Festival Chorus.

International Tours

We have toured abroad several times: to the Czech Republic, where we performed the Prague première of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast; to Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, France; to Krakow and Opole in Poland, which included a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra which was received with great acclaim; and, a particular highlight, to China where we performed Walton’s ‘A Sea Symphony’ and Brahms’ ‘German Requiem’ in spectacular concert halls in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.

Our performance partners

We have a long-standing relationship with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and work with them for many of our own concerts. In addition, we have sung with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the BBC Philharmonic, the orchestra of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now theRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the Paragon Ensemble.

We have a policy of performing with soloists who are students from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In addition to providing us with first class performers, this policy gives young singers valuable experience on the concert platform. Over the years we have also shared the stage with international stars such as José Carreras, Lesley Garrett, Lisa Milne, Sir Willard White, Maria Ewing, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Sarah Brightman and Russell Watson.