The Reid Choir

The Reid Choir was established in 1936 by Professor Tovey and was disbanded in 1949 under Professor Newman.

In the 1940s the Reid Choir rehearsed on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Pollock Hall, Marshall Street (near Nicolson Square).  The conductor was Professor Sidney Newman.   In season 1944-45 the work for rehearsal was Mozart Requiem and there were vacancies for all voices, especially tenors and basses.   Applications to the Hon. Secretary, c/o The Reid School of Music, Park Place, Edinburgh.

Extract from the Reid Choir Constitution of July 1936, printed inside the blue membership cards stated:

1. "The Choir ... which shall be associated with the Reid Choir of Music in the University of Edinburgh, shall have as its primary object the study of Choral Music, to be performed under the Conductorship of the Reid Professor of Music for the time being, or a Deputy duly appointed by him.  The Reid Professor of Music shall appoint a Deputy Conductor who shall be responsible to him for the training and efficency of the Choir."

3. "All members shall pay an annual subscription of 5/-, which shall become due and payable on the day of the first rehearsal of each season..."

Concerts by Group/Ensemble

Title Date Venue Professor
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, February 13, 1936 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Professor Tovey's Sunday Concert Sunday, March 22, 1936 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Professor Tovey's Sunday Concert Sunday, December 13, 1936 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, March 11, 1937 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Professor Tovey's Sunday Concert Sunday, November 21, 1937 St Mary's (Episcopal) Cathedral Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, March 10, 1938 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, December 8, 1938 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, January 26, 1939 Usher Hall Tovey, Donald Francis, 1875-1940
Reid Orchestral Concert Friday, February 16, 1945 Usher Hall Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Reid Orchestral Concert Friday, January 25, 1946 Usher Hall Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Reid Orchestral Concert Friday, March 7, 1947 Pollock (Memorial) Hall Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, January 29, 1948 The Music Hall Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, November 11, 1948 Reid School of Music, Park Place Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Reid Orchestral Concert Thursday, January 20, 1949 Reid School of Music, Park Place Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971
Motet Concert Friday, March 18, 1949 Reid School of Music, Park Place Newman, Sidney T. M. 1906-1971