Aberdeen Chorus of Sweet Adelines
A Cappella Singing in Aberdeen, Scotland
The Aberdeen Chorus currently has two co-directors : Gwen Topp and Sophie Radcliffe.
Dorothy Main is the Assistant Director.
Gwen Topp has been Musical Director of the Aberdeen Chorus since 1995. During this time she has directed the chorus in gold medal winning performances on 4 occasions in the annual Sweet Adelines UK Competition.
In addition she has led the chorus during their visits to Ireland to the Irish Barbershop Convention, to the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, to three performances at the Sweet Adelines International Convention in the United States and to two performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Nearer to home, Gwen has lent her artistic flair to developing original shows for the chorus which are regularly performed in and around Aberdeen, including the annual Christmas show.
This, together with her ability to arrange songs for the chorus not readily available in the barbershop style, such as Scottish songs, has allowed the Aberdeen Chorus to produce original and exciting shows in their unique a cappella style.
Sophie joined the directing team as co-director in January 2015, having been a member of the Aberdeen Chorus for 10 years since the age of 14.
With a degree in music from Aberdeen University and having completed the Director Certification Programme, Sophie is well equipped to complement Gwen’s skills to the benefit of the chorus. She also sings with the medal-winning quartet SPARK.
The chorus is very excited to have added Sophie to the directing team and is looking forward to benefiting from an injection of her youthful enthusiasm!
Our recently appointed Assistant Director Dorothy Main has been a member of Aberdeen Chorus since l987, and has held both administrative and music roles within the chorus. She has twice served as President and was Section Leader of the Baritone Section for many years before moving across to the same position within the Lead Section five years ago. Recently she has returned to the Baritones and is enjoying singing in that section again.
Dorothy successfully completed the Region 31 Director’s Certification Programme in 2011 and she coaches quartets and choruses. She is a member of the Region’s music faculty, and is also currently a member of Region 31 Regional Management Team serving as the Finance Co-ordinator, and was a previous RMT member serving as the Events Co-ordinator at the end of the 1990s.
Dorothy has sung with three quartets in her Sweet Adelines life – Hopscotch (Baritone) from 1988 to 1996; Quartz (Lead) from 1999 to 2001; and Vocal Zone (Lead) from 2001 to Infinity and Beyond !
She has two Regional Champion Quartet medals (Hopscotch 1992 and Quartz 2001) and twice competed in the International Convention quartet contests.