Formerly starting out as a workplace choir, with 15 members, Tayside Police Choir was founded in 2010 and became a great source of friendship, support and light relief from the rigours of police work, difficult shifts and stressful incidents.
Strathclyde Police Choir was founded in 2012 and we joined forces (literally) to become the Scottish Police & Community Choir in 2013. It became clear that retired officers and staff and their significant others and friends (as well as serving staff) also saw the fantastic fun and benefits of our choir and we have evolved into our current form where members of our communities with no police connection can join us – we are stronger together.
We perform at awards ceremonies, charity functions, memorial events, weddings and celebrations of all kinds, both local and national. We have performed in New York, flash mobbed on the Red Steps at Times Square, toured with Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson, sung with Dougie MacLean, and performed on stage at The Royal Albert Hall In London, The Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and The Usher Hall and Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. We have performed for Royalty, most notably King Charles III, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie. In the past we have supported Care of Police Survivors, The Scottish Police Memorial Trust, The Police Roll of Honour Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, The Beatson Cancer Charity, CHAS at Rachel House, Kinross, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, Playlist For Life, RNLI, SAMH, Guide Dogs for The Blind and British Heart Foundation to name only a few.
To check availability and to discuss booking us for your event, please contact us by email.
We currently have rehearsals in Perth (covers all of the Tayside, Fife, Central area) and Glasgow (covering Strathclyde area) and both sections meet up on a regular basis for a joint rehearsals and workshops.
Welcome to our fabulous promotional showreel, which has been produced to provide an overview of the Scottish Police and Community Choir.
Choir members had a great time during the filming, and it was a new experience with cameras everywhere, although it’s not quite a “fly on the wall” documentary! It certainly created lots of fun and laughter and importantly has given us great footage to share with you.
We are delighted to have worked with Colin Murray, of Cam-Media, to produce the showreel. Our thanks to Colin for his patience, expertise and guidance in producing such a great film for us.
We hope you enjoy the showreel and that it encourages you to come along and join us, or book us for your event.
We usually have 2 intakes per year – January and August – unless there is a need for specific voices outside those times.
We are accepting all voices for our Glasgow choir.
We are accepting all tenor / baritone / bass voices in our Perth choir.
A waiting list operates for new members in between those times (unless you are a current serving member of the Police Service or Scottish Police Authority in which case entry is immediate). Please get in touch if you have any query around membership or joining.
Once invited, come along to a rehearsal and see how you get on.
If you like us and want to come and sing, then we will sign you up!
We have a low monthly subscription of £20. You will receive a choir branded polo shirt (which we wear for our more low-key performances) and the men will also be given a tie for more formal events. Ladies will be provided with choir accessories for wearing at formal events.
This subscription also covers all rehearsal costs and some transport costs for events outwith our normal rehearsal area. It also covers some extra special events such as professional recording and bespoke workshops for the benefit and development of members.
Our Musical Director for the Perth region is Dougie Flower. Stephanie Strachan is our Musical Director for the Glasgow region.
Dougie is a freelance musician, teacher and Musical Director, based in Perth. He is an alumni of Strathclyde University with a BA in Applied Music. He has worked with various groups including Sing Forth Choir, National Youth Choir of Scotland, Horsecross Arts and the Kinross Kacophony Orchestra. He has been Musical Director for several Christmas productions at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Dundee Rep Theatre. He also teaches piano at Morrison’s Academy.
Stephanie Strachan (MMus) is a Soprano & Musical Director based in Glasgow. Having joined us in 2019, Stephanie balances a portfolio career that has seen her perform to international audiences on stage and screen; highlights include arranging and performing for original soundtracks (Netflix Original Princess Switch 3 & Award winning short film the Queen’s Speech) as well as supporting vocals for renowned artists, including Kerry Ellis and John Owen Jones. She was part of both Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth UK Tour, and the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds UK Tour. Stephanie has premiered work by composers Aileen Sweeney at Refugee Festival Scotland and Alan Fleming Baird as part of the Paisley Book Festival. Stephanie is also Musical Director of the Neilston Community Choir and Vivace Theatre School; she maintains a huge passion for accessibility and inclusivity for all within the arts.