New members required!

Did you enjoy our Christmas concert? Has Gareth Malone inspired you? Then why not join our choir?! We are currently seeking new members, particularly in the tenor and bass sections. If you are interested then please contact us via email ( for more information. We are just starting learning the music for our Spring concert, so it is an ideal time to join our friendly group. We rehearse on Monday evenings in the Townhouse in Haddington. Rehearsals start at 7.30pm and include a coffee break when we can catch up with each other. We look forward to seeing you there!

Christmas concert review

Here is the fabulous review from the sell-out Christmas concert on 8th December 2013, written by Janet Anderson:



The Garleton Singers’ annual Christmas Concert in St. Mary’s, Haddington, has

become a musical milestone as we in East Lothian tread the Advent trail to

Christmas, and so it was this year with Sunday’s wonderful celebration of

Christmas, carols old and new, something for everyone.


The Choir, and its Conductor Stephen Doughty, set the scene with a lovely

warm, round sound in the opening “O come, O come, Emmanuel”, for the

highlights to follow “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”, an unaccompanied piece by

Philip Stopford, where the sound was beautifully sweet, sustained and even,

and the melody sang out clearly above the accompanying voices; two Poulenc

pieces, on the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death, the first “Hodie

Christus natus est”, a suitably joyful, energetic, rhythmical rendition, the

second “Quem vidistis pastores” with its increasingly insistent theme, both

performances successfully capturing the mood of the music; a delightful

arrangement by Ian Humphries of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, complex in

texture but very neatly executed, where lovely solo voices were given the

opportunity to shine.


Mention must be made of Polwarth Brass whose mellow sound melts hearts,

their silky “In the bleak mid-winter”, and dreamy “Have yourself a merry little

Christmas”, and also of organist George Wilson’s excellent playing, sensitive,

deft accompanying, and in his impromptu improvisation on “O come, O come,

Emmanuel”, St. Mary’s organ as you’ve never heard it before!


Andrew Carter’s “Hodie Christus natus est” for choir, brass and organ was a

glittering finale for choir, musicians and Conductor, all in sparkling form.





Christmas is coming!

We look forward to seeing you at our annual Christmas Concert. This year we are pleased to welcome back Polwarth Brass after their fabulous performance last year. We advise that you buy your tickets early as last year was a sell-out!



The new season has begun!

The 2013-14 season is now underway. We are pleased to announce our exciting new programme for the year.

This Christmas we are being joined by Polwarth Brass to bring some seasonal cheer to Haddington. We will be singing two of Poulenc’s Christmas Motets, The Sycamore Tree by Britten, music by Scottish composers Cecilia McDowell and Frikki Walker, and of course our favourite carols for everyone to join in.

We will be singing Poulenc’s Gloria, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and other French pieces at our Spring concerts in Greyfriar’s and in Haddington.

In the summer we will be featuring some famous opera choruses including the Humming Chorus and the Grand March from Aida.

In addition to this exciting programme we are also looking forward to welcoming a choir from Munich, the Nymphenburger Kantatenchor. We will be singing in a joint concert with them in June 2014.

If you are interested in joining the choir this season then why not come along to one of the open rehearsals this month? You are welcome to join us on 16th and 23rd September to try-out the choir and see if it is what you are looking for. For more information please see the ‘contact us’ page on the website. We look forward to meeting you!

A couple of dates for your diary….

After a wonderful 2012/13 season the choir are now looking forward to starting rehearsals again in the autumn. The first rehearsal after the summer break is on Monday 9th September. We will be starting to rehearse for our annual Christmas concert which this year takes place on Sunday 8th December in St Mary’s, Haddington. Once again we will be joined by the fantastic Polwarth Brass. One not to be missed, so put it in your diaries now!

And now for something a little different……!

After our very moving and solemn spring concerts the Garleton Singers are pleased to announce our plans for the summer concert. We are performing a much lighter programme which includes favourites such as music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Showboat and West Side Story as well as a performance of Bob Chilcott’s ‘A Little Jazz Mass’. Soloists will be drawn from the members of the choir, so please do come a long and give them your full support! The concert is on Monday 27th May at 7.30pm and you can buy tickets hereSummer Concert Flyer

March Concerts

spring 2013 concertThe Garleton Singers are very pleased to announce the names of our soloists for the two concerts in March. They are Claire Evans (soprano), Lucilla Graham (alto), Ian Darling (tenor) and Aaron O’Hare (bass). They are joining with the choir to sing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Stabat Mater. Please come along to Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh on the 16th March or to St Mary’s in Haddington on the 17th March to enjoy listening to these two fabulous pieces of choral music. Tickets are available now via the link on the top of this page.

New year message

Happy new year! We hope 2013 will carry on as well as 2012 finished for The Garleton Singers. The choir is still relishing the big hit we registered with our Christmas Concert. You may recall that we handed out a questionnaire at the concert? This showed that 95% of the sell-out audience rated the performance as good or excellent – thank you! We also got a wonderful review in the East Lothian Courier.


We intend to build on that success in our March concerts. Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ speaks for itself as an outstanding choral  classic. Haydn’s ‘Stabat Mater’ is poignant and tuneful, with the exciting final movement taking us ‘in glory to Paradise’. Our venues of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh and St Mary’s in Haddington are well suited for these powerful and emotive works. The choir will be accompanied by a full orchestra and four excellent professional soloists.


Early rehearsals are going well, so why not put March 16th (Greyfriars) or March 17th (Haddington) in your diaries? Or better still you can book online now via the links on top left of this page.