Spring Concert Review!


Sunday 1 May, St. Mary’s Church, Haddington
If the secret of a triumphant choral concert is well-chosen attractive works well sung, then the Garleton Singers certainly hit the jackpot in a packed St Mary’s, Haddington on May 1st.
Conductor Stephen Doughty fashioned a most exhilarating and pleasurable evening: the choir was on great form with a round, warm confident tone, ably supported by a small orchestra that played with verve and panache, and four fine soloists, with accompanist George Wilson, eloquent, as ever, on the organ.
The opening piece, one of Mozart’s now rather neglected Epistle Sonatas made a rousing orchestral warm-up, and then we plunged into a most impressive account of Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria, whose twelve sections, ranging from joyfully energetic to reflectively melodic, were all well-served by choir and orchestra working as one. Soprano Rebecca Murphy and alto Rebecca Anderson have very richly promising voices and sang with poise and presence, owning the acoustic, and blending beautifully together in the Laudamus Te. The soprano solo with its weaving oboe obbligato, and the alto solo, with cello, were also delights
After the interval another Epistle Sonata featuring a captivating conversation between solo organ and orchestra paved the way to the very different sound world of Mozart’s Vespers. In this wonderful sacred work, the choir demonstrated its full dramatic colours, but also, in the radiant Laudate Dominum, provided a serene legato accompaniment to the gorgeous and beautifully controlled soprano solo. The refined tenor of Ian Darling and the sonorous depths of Niall Kennedy’s bass tones provided a rich counterpoint to the female voices in the quartet of the second section.
The choir has a very small male section, but last night they really punched above their weight, giving good balance and colour to the sound, as did the orchestra, strong in all sections. Best of all everyone looked as if they were having a great time performing this glorious repertoire!
Mhairead Robertson

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!

Ding, Dong, Merrily!

Christmas is coming and to help get you in the festive mood come along and join the Garleton Singers and their special guests the Holy Trinity Handbells for their popular Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Parish Church Haddington on Sunday 13 December 2015 at 6.30pm.

Tickets from choir members, Hilary’s Deli, Kesley’s Bookshop, Haddington online or at the door – but be warned the concert is usually a sell out so best to get tickets prior to the concert.

We hope to see you there!

Click on this link to view the concert flyer: Christimas Concert 13th Dec 2015

New Choir Members welcome

Do you enjoy singing?
Do you enjoy meeting with like-minded people?
Would you like to sing some major pieces of
the choral repertoire?
The Garleton Singers and its conductor, Stephen Doughty, are looking
for new singers to join the choir for its new season.

Highlights of the coming season include:
• Extracts from Handel’s Messiah
• Classics by Mozart and Vivaldi
• Performing in the Edinburgh Festival

We are holding open rehearsals on:
September 28th, October 5th and 12th in
Haddington Town House, 17 Market St. at 7.30pm.
Interested? Then come along to one of the open rehearsals for a taster!
For further information contact:
info@garletonsingers.co.uk or www.garletonsingers.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you!

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

Summer Concert – A Grand Tour of Britain

Summer Concert 2015 Flyer

The Garleton Singers will be performing music from “All Four Corners of the British Isles” for our summer concert on Monday 25th May 2015 at 7.30pm, St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington.

Come and join us for a light-hearted evening of British choral music.

Tickets can be purchased as usual from choir members/ On-line/on the door on the night/Hilary’s Deli/ Kesleys Bookshop in Haddington.


Four Hands: One Piano – 26th April 2015

Four Hands : One Piano

A Sparkling Concert for Piano Duet with our very own Stephen Doughty and George Wilson
Sunday 26 April 2015 Town House, Haddington at 3pm

Mozart – Sonata in B flat, Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik,
Bizet – Phantasie on themes from Carmen, Dvorak – Slavonic Dances.

This much anticipated concert will raise funds for Garleton Singers’ trip to Munich in June.

Tickets available on the door.

Spring Concert 14th & 15th March 7.30pm 2015

To view the Concert Review by John Stone click here: Garleton Concert Review 15March2015

Garleton Singers March 2015 concert poster

Please come and see us perform a feast of American music to mark the 50th birthday of Carlyle Sharpe and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, including:

Bernstein Chichester Psalms

Sharpe Laudate Nomen & Mass

A Medley from West Side Story

some Old American Folk Songs and more!

Either Saturday 14th March 2015 7.30pm, Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh

or Sunday 15th March 2015 7.30pm, St. Mary’s Parish Church Haddington.

Tickets: from choir members,
Queen’s Hall Box Office (Greyfriars only)
Hilary’s Deli, Kesley’s Bookshop, Haddington
online or at the door
£12 adults; £8 students; £3 children

Carols for Christmas

Garleton Singers Christmas Concert 

Our annual Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday 14 December 6.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Church Haddington.

These “Carols for Christmas” will be sure to get you in the mood for the festive season.

Tickets here online from our website or from any choir member.

We look forward to seeing you!

Seasons Greetings from the Garleton Singers.


The Armed Man – Remembrance Day concert

The Garleton Singers bought the audience of St Marys to tears with their emotionally charged performance of Karl Jenkins’  “The Armed Man”.

This is such stirring music and with the accompaniment of Trumpets, Cello, Drums and the evocative Piccolo it was difficult not to feel that the battle was real especially during “The Charge” which made our hearts beat fast.

As always it was a treat to spend an hour listening to this wonderful choir and for them to share such emotive music with us.

Caroline Jack