About the Choir

Rehearsals

The Choir meets once a week on a Monday evening during the singing season – September to June at the fabulous venue of the Town House in Haddington. Rehearsals run from 7.30 to 10pm with a short coffee break.

Occasionally we hold open rehearsals when non-members are welcome to come along and see whether they fancy joining us. These are advertised in the East Lothian press and will be posted on the Home/Latest News section of this website. They are usually at the beginning of the season, in September. But you are welcome to try us out throughout the session. If you wish to attend a rehearsal outwith an open session, please contact the Secretary (see Contacts page).

Garleton Singers Committee

The 2017-2018 Committee consists of the following members:

* Office Bearer

Peter Parish – Chairperson *

Kay Bates – Treasurer *

Wendy Dawson-Young – Secretary *

Peter Bates – Vice Chair/Librarian

John Burnet – Membership and Friends Secretary

Alan Faulkner – Concert Manager

Liz Hare – Programme and Concert Publicity

Elizabeth Ewing – Programme Editor

Di Kettles – Social Convenor

Stephen Doughty – Ex-Officio member

Non-Committee: 

Caroline Jack –  Facebook, Website

Musical Director

Stephen Doughty hails from Fife and studied at Napier College and Edinburgh University before graduating with a Master’s Degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow in 1997.  He is currently Accompanist to the National Youth Choir of Scotland National Girls Choir. In addition he is Organist and Director of Music of St. John’s, Princes Street in Edinburgh. As a player of harpsichord/organ continuo and orchestral piano he has played with all the Scottish Orchestras as well as the Ulster Orchestra.

As a Conductor Stephen directs the Choir of St. John’s, who have recently released their first CD, Sing the Seasons, and for some 14 years has been been the Musical Director of the East Lothian based Garleton Singers. In February 2011, he was appointed Chorusmaster of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir, a post he will take up in September.

Stephen has studied both choral and orchestral conducting at Dartington and Canford International Summer Schools and was the joint holder of the first Alexander Gibson Memorial Scholarship in Choral Conducting with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus.

He is in demand as an arranger and orchestrator, with commissions from, among others, Children’s Classic Concerts, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. The BBC commissioned an arrangement of Canan nan Gaidheal which was performed at Proms in the Park 2008, subsequently being broadcast on BBC Alba. In addition he is an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, with whom he will be exmaining in Malaysia next session.

Accompanist

George Wilson has been the choir accompanist since November 2011. He is a freelance accompanist, coach and organist. George studied piano at the RSAMD. With the assistance of German Government scholarship he continued his studies in organ, piano and accompanying at the State School of Music in Cologne.

George has preformed as accompanist for many instrumental and vocal soloists and has broadcast on BBC Radios 3, 4 and Scotland, as well as RTE. After some years away from his music career, George celebrated his return to the musical scene by performing the six sonatas for organ by JS Bach at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.

Since 2009 George has been accompanist and assistant conductor to the Kevock Choir. In a career that has embraced performing, recording, lecturing and writing about music George was twice the recipient of Scottish Arts Council awards; once for studying piano accompaniment with Paul Hamburger, and subsequently to study organ interpretation and improvisation in Holland.

Friends of the Garleton Singers

You don’t have to sing to appreciate choral music and a number of kind and interested people in East Lothian have joined the Friends of the Garleton Singers to support the Choir in its activities. These generous souls consider that the music we make contributes towards the cultural richness of our area and in return for an annual donation of £25 (individual) or £40 (couples) they receive discounted ticket price for all our concerts, news about the choir, priority seating at our concerts and the unreserved gratitude of us all. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Garleton Singers please email garleton@gmail.com  

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