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Paisley Abbey Choristers

fullchoir.pngWe are recruiting singers now. Could you be one of them?

We are currently recruiting boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12 who want to learn to sing to the highest standards and be part of a proud, historic, Scottish tradition. Younger children will also be considered if they show promise.

For an informal discussion or to arrange an audition contact the Organist and Master of Choristers:

Prof Dr George McPhee
Tel: 0141 889 3528

Click play on the video below to find out all about the Paisley Abbey Choristers, including interviews with some of the choristers themselves:


What is required of an Abbey Chorister?choristersinside.png

  • Commitment: every chorister is an essential part of the team and must make every effort to attend all services and rehearsals.
  • Enthusiasm: we do not ask for every chorister to be perfect, but if they can maintain their enthusiasm everything else will quickly fall into place
  • Respect: the Abbey is a place which is built on respect. The choristers are expected to set an example by their respect for each other, respect for the tradition they are a part of and, of course, a respect for those who teach them and look after them.

What can an Abbey Chorister expect in return?girlsoutside.png

  • Commitment: choristers receive a small amount of money for each service and a generous fee for singing at weddings
  • Enthusiasm: the musical training we offer is one of the best available in Scotland and it is free! If a chorister is enthusiastic we can guarantee that their musical aptitude will greatly improve. Past choristers have gone on to be professional musicians, sing in Ox-bridge choirs and become paid scholars of the Abbey.
  • Respect: as a chorister you are entitled to the respect of other members of the choir and everyone who you come into contact with at the Abbey. The head-chorister is there to look after you and there are various people you can speak to if you have a problem. The safety and well-being of every chorister is our highest priority.

When are the weekly rehearsals?abbey2.png

  • Tuesday 4.30-5.45pm
  • Thursday 4.30-5.45pm
  • Friday (with adults) 7.00-9.30pm

When are the weekly services?

  • Sunday service at 11am (rehearsal at 9.30am)
  • Evensong at 4pm on the second Sunday of the month 


On Easter Sunday and Christmas Day the choir sings a great choral mass (perhaps by Mozart or Haydn) usually accompanied by a small orchestra.




Want to know more? Get in touch using the details below:

Prof Dr George McPhee
Tel: 0141 889 3528