Voices in Paisley Lunchtime Recitals

The following poster gives the details of the lunchtime recitals beginning Monday the 29th October


Lunchtime Poster A4 PDF


Holy Trinity St. Barnabas Church will play host to a renowned London choir. On the 3rd November, The Addison Singers from Kensington, under the direction of David Wordsworth, will perform a variety of traditional and modern pieces.

addisonIt has been said that ‘the music the Addison Singers perform, other choirs perform twelve months later’ due to their programme of innovative contemporary pieces. They have been winners eight times of the prestigious PRS Music prize for new music, having had several celebrated composers write pieces for them. One such composer, Bob Chilcott, is president of the choir and they were fortunate to perform under his baton in a memorable concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Sharing the platform for the evening will be Aria, a local female vocal ensemble, directed by Paisley Voices Chairman, Jim Drennan. Having been guests of the Addison Singers in London two years ago, Aria are extremely excited to be working with such a fantastic group of singers once again.

Aria’s fresh varied programme has won them many accolades and prizes including the Orpheus Trophy at the Glasgow Music Festival and as Regional winners in the BBC Choir of the Year competition.

The joint concert promises to be an evening of choral excellence. The concert begins at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas St James’ Place, St James’ Street, Paisley and tickets priced £8 and £6 concession will be available on the door or from Print and Copy it, High Street Paisley or from Sandie McGregor 07730555009. Further information available at

Aria Addison Poster A4 PDF


Following on from the success of the SPREE festival, Voices in Paisley, offers a short programme of exciting concerts and recitals for 2012.

The Paisley Voices festival welcomes Mezzo soprano, Taylor Wilson, for a concert of songs from all over the world entitled ‘Alchemy’.

taylor-wilsonThe multi-lingual vocalist has recently returned from a tour in Hong Kong and a University series around Scotland. She is famed for her rich tone and dramatic story-telling and has been highly praised for her thrilling live performances.

Taylor will be accompanied by Karen McVicar on piano and accordion (PRS British composer award 2010) and by Rudi de Groote on cello (principal cellist Orchestra of Scottish Opera).

The concert will take place on 2nd November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, St. James’ Street, Paisley. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and are available from Print and Copy it, High Street, Paisley or by telephoning 0141-887-4202. Further information available at

Taylor Wilson Poster PDF

taylor wilson

Taylor Wilson


Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202

Paisley MOD 2013

Paisley MOD 2013

Mòd Phàislig & Voices in Paisley are offering an exciting opportunity to compose the tune ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mod 2013’which will celebrate the historic visit of the renowned Gaelic festival to the town in 2013. As their contribution to Weaving Musical Threads, the arts extravaganza which takes place across Renfrewshire on 3 & 4 March, the Mòd Phàislig 2013 team have combined with Voices in Paisley to host this competition, with the winner being unveiled on Saturday 3 March when a number of Gaelic choirs will perform in the town as part of the celebrations.

In order to enter the competition email or post a manuscript of your composition to the Mòd Phàislig team. Do not put your name on the manuscript as the judging will be anonymous. It would be useful if entrants could also submit some audio of the tune being played, although this is not essential. In addition to the manuscript, a covering letter is required with full contact details, as well as any information you feel is necessary. E-mail entries to or post to Mòd Phàislig 2013, 12 Ben Nevis Road, Paisley, PA27LA by 8 February. If you have any queries contact Ealasaid MacDonald on 07535514385

In addition to having the honour of their tune being the soundtrack to the Mòd Phàislig celebrations, the winner will receive a cheque for £150. Judging the competition to the final two are three stalwarts of traditional music, Duncan Nicholson, Pipe Major of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Brian Laurie of the Brian Laurie Accordion Music School and Andrew Gifford of the renowned band Fiddlers Bid. It will be the audience at the Gaelic Choirs event on 3 March that will make the final decision.

Jim Drennan, Chair of Voices in Paisley said:

‘We are delighted to be working with Mòd Phàislig 2013 as our contribution to Weaving Musical Threads. The tune will provide a lovely soundtrack to the preparations for the Mòd, and will be a lasting legacy. We hope composers from Renfrewshire and afar take the opportunity to be part of two exciting events.’

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig 2013, said

‘This is an excellent opportunity for people to be at the centre of the Mòd Phàislig celebrations. The tune will be central at all events as we prepare for the Mòd and also while it is here in the town. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to judge and I know they are looking forward to seeing the different interpretations of ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mòd 2013’.

For press queries contact Ealasaid (Liz) MacDonald on 07535514385 or email

Celebrated Paisley vocal group, Aria, are presenting an evening of Christmas classics and festive favourites this Sunday in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity and St. Barnabus, Paisley.

Under the direction of Voices in Paisley chairman, Jim Drennan, Aria have enjoyed considerable success by winning choral competitions such as the Glasgow Music Festival and reaching the regional finals of BBC’s Choir of the Year competition. Aria also work tirelessly to support local charities by performing in concerts throughout the year.

As close friends and former members of the Glasgow Youth Choir, the girls have been singing together for over twenty years and this is evident in the perfect blend of voices.

The repertoire is extensive and audience members are promised a stunning performance of classics from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Adam’s O Holy Night to the more contemporary pieces like Santa Baby and All I Want for Christmas. There truly is something for everyone, including mulled wine and mince pies!


The concert will take place on Sunday 11th December at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity and St. Barnabus. Tickets £10.


Voices in Paisley proudly present to us the Paisley Festival company’s annual Paisley Choral Festival.

The 2 week celebration starts on the 23rd October 2009 and features many artists including the all Female group All Angels who are amazing..

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