Welcome to the Abbey Consort website
Abbey Consort is a small choir of around 24 members. We all live in the Scottish Borders and the choir is based in Kelso. Formed in 2002, Abbey Consort was under the musical direction of Colin Fox until December 2014. Jim Letham, one of our choir members, took over immediately thereafter as Musical Director.
We have performed many works from the baroque and classical choral repertoire. See the Works page for more details. On occasion we have performed with other choirs including the Roxburgh Singers, the Eildon Singers and the Berwick Arts Choir.
Our soloists are often drawn from within the choir itself but we have also invited many well-known soloists to sing with us. All of our concerts are accompanied by an orchestra composed of some of the many talented musicians who live in the Scottish Borders.
Abbey Consort is a non profit-making organisation and we have been happy to donate proceeds from our concerts to a range of very deserving causes.
We also perform as a smaller group at weddings, funerals and other occasions.
Photo Credit: Ian Topping
Abbey Consort – Christmas Concert
Even before we have cruel frosts and deep, crisp snow, the run up to Christmas can be a fraught time. Abbey Consort have the perfect antidote – Seasonal Sparkle! St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is the place to be at 3.00 pm on Saturday, 15thDecember when the Kelso-based choir, under the direction of James Letham, will present an attractive programme of seasonal favourites. From Gaudete to Good King Wenceslas (come along and find out the peasant’s name and his job!), the rousing Torches, plus modern classics from John Rutter and David Willcocks. Gustav Holst puts in an appearance with his charming Christmas Day – a medley of familiar traditional melodies – and there are several opportunities to join with the choir, with special parts for audience members – no audition necessary! Tickets are available from Hector Innes at a cost of £8 (children free), or on the door. Put some Seasonal Sparkle into your Christmas preparations!
Tickets, priced £8, can be obtained in advance from Hector Innes in Kelso or on line at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at the door prior to performance.