The Fair City Singers is an independent choir for 11–18 year olds from Perthshire in Scotland. Their musical director Marjory Watson and accompanist Stuart Watson aim to encourage choral music while giving children as varied a vocal experience as possible. They regularly stage their own concerts and stage shows, broadcast on radio and TV, undertake overseas summer tours and give concerts for charity.
Musical instrument tuition has a strong tradition in Perthshire schools and some of the Singers played their string instruments for part of a concert in Dunkeld Cathedral. For shows and some concerts they are often joined by talented musical parents and ex-members of the choir.
The Fair City Singers' joy of singing never ceases to delight their audiences. Most performances are for charities, and countless organisations have in the past benefited from the commitment of founders Marion and Martin Neilson and their enthusiastic young singers.
They have recorded four albums of favourite songs:FCS Gold; Rise Up Singing; Celebration; and When I Sing, which are on sale at concerts, at Perth Theatre box office, and by mail order. The Listen to Us page on this site has more information as well as a few audio clips for your listening pleasure.
The distinctive choir uniform comprises a gold blouse and black skirt for girls and black shirt and trousers with black/gold waistcoast and gold bow-tie for the boys.
Tartan sashes are often worn when the Scottish theme comes to the fore e.g., at the Scone Palace Pageant or when being Scottish ambassadors overseas.
Thanks to the generosity of Macnaughton’s of Perth and the Guildry Incorporated, the choir now has stunning Wallace tartan waistcoats for that extra Scottish touch.
Keen and willing parents form the mainstay of the choir's fundraising, which is necessary to support tours and for day-to-day music expenses. Additional funding, often for specific purposes, such as their ambitious tours, is gratefully received from local organisations, including the Gannochy Trust.
The Fair City Singers also raises funds from the sales of their CDs and tapes and in the past has run a charity bag pack at the ASDA superstore in Perth.