WHY NOT COME AND JOIN US FOR 2018/19?

OPEN REHERSALS – COME AND JOIN US
The Choir is looking to recruit new members in all sections. Just join us at any (or all!) of our open Monday rehearsals:
10th, 17th, 24th September at the Town House, Haddington, at 7.30pm.
Do come – you will be made most welcome!
For further information contact garleton@gmail.com

Garleton Sopranos back from their European tour!

  Eight sopranos from the Garleton Singers were hugely privileged to be invited to join the Belfast Philharmonic Choir on their recent tour of Poland and Ukraine.
The Garleton’s Musical Director, Stephen Doughty is also the Chorus Master of the Belfast Phil, and he invited the “Garletons” to supplement Phil’s soprano section, and ensure the correct balance of choral parts across the touring choir.
Those of us who participated went over to Belfast on a number of occasions both to rehearse the repertoire for the tour, and to take part in two concerts which included the repertoire – Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Poulenc’s Stabat Mater.
The tour, which took place at the end of August 2017 started in the pretty Polish city of Opole, where the concert took place to a packed audience in the beautiful Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
The second concert took place in the Basilica of Christ the King in Katowice – the largest cathedral in Poland – in the presence of many local dignitaries. The acoustics were ……interesting! Again we sang to a full house.
The third and final concert was in the Philharmonic Hall in Lviv, Ukraine – a beautiful concert venue, where the sound was amazing. Nearly every seat was taken and there was a standing ovation at the end.
All three concerts also featured the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and local soloists. There were two conductors involved in the tour – one Polish and one Ukrainian.
As well as having the chance to sing in some fantastic venues, the singers were able to undertake optional tours in Krakow, Wroclaw, Lviv, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz.
We were made extremely welcome by our good friends in the Belfast Phil, and we are most grateful to Stephen, our Musical Director both for suggesting the tour to us, and for giving up his time to rehearse us in Haddington. His own arrangements of “Danny Boy” and “Charlie is my Darling”, which we performed as encores, were a great hit with our Polish and Ukrainian audiences.

By Lin Macmillan

Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance coming up

This year at the The Edinburgh Fringe Festival the Garleton Singers will be performing a concert on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh Venue 122.  This is a great opportunity for us to perform in front of a new audience. We will be performing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K339 which includes the beautiful and well known “Laudate Dominum” . We will also be performing Vivaldis’s Gloria.

Tickets will be available through the Fringe office and from choir members.

Spread the word and come and see us perform!Fringe Concert poster 2016

The Garleton Singers are performing at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

This year at the The Edinburgh Fringe Festival the Garleton Singers will be performing a concert on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Edinburgh.  This is a great opportunity for us to perform in front of a new audience. We will be performing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K339 which includes the beautiful and well known “Laudate Dominum” . We will also be performing Vivaldis’s Gloria.

Tickets will be available through the Fringe office – details of venue tbc.

Spread the word and come and see us perform!

Choir Trip to Munich June 2015

The Garleton Singers organised a very successful German tour in June, following the visit of the Nymphenburg Kantatenchor, Munich to Scotland in 2014. The 2015 tour party of 30 Garleton Singers spent five very enjoyable days in Munich, hosted by the Nymphenburg Kantatenchor and friendships begun in the previous year were enhanced.  A visit to the Nymphenburg Palace, one of King Ludwig’s Baroque extravaganzas set in a large park in the west of Munich gave the choir an opportunity to sing a number of pieces a cappella from the Palace balcony.

Following this the host choir entertained the tour party to a demonstration class of yodelling and Bavarian folk dancing.  After a rehearsal with their hosts, the Garleton Singers performed a concert in front of an enthusiastic audience in the picturesque Stephanuskirche.

In between performances, the choir we able to indulge themselves in a variety of tourist must do’s in the city varying from watching the Corpus Christi procession, to a cycle tour of central Munich.  Click here to read more. Munich Tour 2015

Munich choir visit

On Friday 13th June the Garleton Singers are looking forward to welcoming the Nymphenburger Kantatenchor from Munich. They will joining the choir for a number of events including a civic reception in the Edinburgh City Chambers, a ceilidh and also a concert on the Saturday night (14th June) in St Mary’s, Haddington. Details of the visit are now on the German Consulate General Edinburgh website. Please click here for more information.

Come and sing some opera choruses with us!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing a famous opera chorus? Well now you have the chance.

 

On the 2 June 2014 The Garleton Singers will be performing a selection of famous opera choruses as part of their Summer Concert in St Mary’s Church Haddington.

 

We are inviting anyone who would like the experience of singing these choruses, to come along to 4 open rehearsals starting from Monday 5 May 2014 and potentially sing in the concert.

 

Rehearsals are held in the Town House, Haddington from 7.30 to 10.00 pm. They are informal and good fun, do involve some hard work, but the effort is usually well worth it!

 

If you like what you experience and want to do more singing with us, you can always come along at the start of the new session in September and following a short audition, could find yourself enjoying a lot more singing in your life!

 

Want to know more? Contact Keith Waddell, Secretary at garleton@gmail.com

A review of our spring concerts by John Stone

Music from France and Scotland Sunday 16 March 2014 @ St Mary’s Church, Haddington.

 

Resplendent in their brand new fuchsia (I’m told) and black uniforms, The Garleton Singers and Orchestra presented their latest concert “Music from France & Scotland” to appreciative audiences in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh on Saturday 15 March and in St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington on Sunday 16 March 2014.

A carefully constructed programme of both familiar and unfamiliar pieces gave opportunities for choir & orchestra – together and separately – to shine.

The two undoubted highlights were the longest works on the programme.

A Burns Sequence by John Gardner – known by me only as the composer of “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” – was given a very creditable performance. This work is immediately attractive with its clever scoring for orchestra never overpowering the choir’s contribution.  In particular, the 4th movement “Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary?” was beautifully arranged and sensitively played. The pizzicato strings and woodwind interventions were neatly handled. The choir commanded the material – with choir soloists David Wilson and Graham Miller contributing to the mix – and sounded suitably earnest in the opening and closing religious songs. With such a wealth of poetry on offer, you would think the composer could have dreamt up a more inspired title for the piece! Still, it did what it said in the title – and the audience loved it.

Poulenc’s Gloria is, of course, a much more familiar work. Here again the balance between choir, orchestra and a beautifully sweet sounding soloist in Wilma MacDougall, was expertly handled by the conductor Stephen Doughty. The choir needed a little time to find its rhythmic feet, but soon settled into a dramatic performance which really commanded the church environment. The soprano and alto sections in particular are to be commended on some thrilling singing.

The two opening works of the programme – Cànan nan Gàidheal (Language of the Gael) and Faure’s ever popular Cantique de Jean Racine set the parameters of the programme well, but I would have liked to have heard the lyrics a little more clearly.

One piece each for choir and for orchestra completed the programme and gave fine contrast. The conductor’s own arrangement of Ossianic Processional for a-cappella choir had wonderfully atmospheric dynamics. The orchestra played Faure’s Pavane with much French poise – and the flute solo was beautiful.

A small aside – posters, tickets and programmes are always nicely presented by The Garletons, but why no programme credits for the orchestra for this concert?

All-in-all, a very satisfying musical evening – and I look forward to hearing them again in Haddington on Saturday June 14th in concert with Nymphenburger Kantatenchor from Munich.

 

John Stone

17 March 2014