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

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Past Works

BachSt Matthew Passion
St Luke Passion
St John Passion
Mass in B minor
Christmas Oratorio
BerliozL'Enfance du Christ (with the Roxburgh Singers and the Eildon Singers)
BrahmsGerman Requiem
ElgarDream of Gerontius (with the Berwick Arts Choir)
Dettingen te deum
Coronation Anthems
Dixit Dominus
Missa Sancti Nicolai
Nelson Mass
HummelMass in D major
JenkinsThe Armed Man (with the Berwick Arts Choir)
MaunderOlivet to Calvary
MendelssohnPsalm 42
MozartMissa in C
Missa in C minor
Vesperae solennes de confessore
PoulencGloria (with the Berwick Arts Choir)
PurcellDido and Aeneas
SchubertMass in A flat major
StainerThe Crucifixion
TippettA Child of our Time
Vaughan WilliamsDona Nobis Pacem
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Next Concert

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 iandjmcgillivray@btinternet.com

or at the door prior to performance.


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If you would like to contact Abbey Consort please use any of the methods below.

We are happy to hear from budding choristers, particularly basses at present. We would invite you along to a rehearsal with a short audition, more information will be given once we hear from you.

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email: Ruth

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