Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Garleton Singers would like to thank everybody who came to support our Christmas concert on 9th December. What a wonderful audience! We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We hope to see you again in 2013!

Christmas concert 2012

Come and join us for our christmas concert when we will joined by Polwart Brass. Tickets available online now!

What can you expect? 
  • Favourite carols such as ‘Hark! The herald angels sing’ and ‘Once in royal David’s city’, many with a brass as well as organ accompaniment.
  • Missa Carolae – an amazing arrangement of Christmas carols sung in Latin for choir, soloists, brass, organ and piccolo. You’ll  recognise and have a chance to join in tunes such as ‘God Rest Ye Gentlemen’, ‘In dulci  jubilo’, ‘Infant Holy’.
  • A cheerful medley of Christmas songs ‘meddled’ by our multi-talented director, Stephen Doughty.
  • The Polwarth Brass ringing out ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
  • And much more!


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Christmas is just around the corner……

Christmas is getting ever nearer and the choir is already well into rehearsals for the christmas concert. It is promising to be an unmissable show! We have Polwarth Brass joining us to raise the roof of St Mary’s in Haddington. Come along on 9th December at 6.30pm and join in the music making! Tickets available here.

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The Garleton Singers are an East Lothian based choir and we perform the majority of our concerts in the fantastic venue of St. Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2010-2011. We are a Registered Charity (SC002500) regulated by the Scottish Charities Regulator
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Summer Concert 2012 – May 28th 7.30pm

Music for Bonnie Prince Charlie and other popular songs is the title of the Garleton Singers summer concert.

This year our Haddington Festival performance is also the finale of the choir’s 2011-2012 season. With the summer holidays upon us we take you on a musical geography and history tour of Britain. ‘I Landed with Seven Men’ is local composer Ken Johnston’s new arrangement of songs about the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It follows the rise and fall of the Jacobites: the initial landing in the West Highlands; the high point of the battle won just a few miles from Haddington, near Prestonpans; the optimism of the march into England; the eventual escape of the Young Pretender over the sea to Skye; and the final romantic longing for the return of the Prince. Prepare for marching, bagpipes and drums and have your handkerchiefs ready for the sad ending!

The other main work is John Rutter’s lovely choral arrangement of folk songs of the British Isles. These transport us to the four quarters of Britain. We’ll meet soldiers, millers and longing lovers on the way.

The choir will be under the baton of Stephen Doughty, accompaniment by George Wilson.

This will be a shortish performance (1.30 hrs).There will be no interval but we hope you will join us for a drink afterwards.

Where? St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

When? May 28th at 7.30

Tickets? £12 adults; £8 students; £3 children. From choir members, Haddington Festival Office (Corn Exchange) or on the door.

Season 2010/2011

During 2011, the Choir celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Of course there was a full year of celebratory events and as part of the celebrations, the Choir went on tour! During May 2011, the Choir visited Krakow in Poland and had a busy concert programme whilst there.
Coupled with that the Choir performed a special concert in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.

The official review of the Spring Concert

The Garleton Singers have reached their 40th Anniversary this year and Sunday night’s Concert in St Mary’s Church, Haddington was a suitably celebratory affair. In what was a packed programme and a “big sing” for the choir, the conductor Stephen Doughty had devised a musical sequence spanning some four hundred years of glorious sacred choral music.It demonstrated the singers grasp of some of the differing styles on offer and was beautifully accompanied by both orchestra and organ.

It was a brave choice to open the programme with the J S Bach motet Lobet den Herrn – Praise the Lord, all you nations; and the choir coped admirably with the densely weaving choral writing through to the glorious Alleluia finish. Following a pause to relocate the choir and seat the orchestra, one of Monteverdi’s most famous pieces – Beatus Virwas next. After a tentative start the familiar full choralsound contrasting with the semi-chorus was impressive. In the next piece, Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo,the choir managed the tricky time changes with aplomb. Adding winds and drums to the orchestral mix, Mozart’s Coronation Mass was next and it was one of the highlights of the programme.It’s a mark of the maturity of the choir that they can field soloists of quality from amongst their own ranks, and tonight was no exception. The quartet sounded splendid, and was particularly affecting in the Benedictus, with the full choirs interposing Hosannas. This was followed by the beautiful Agnus Dei and special mention must be made of the soprano soloist Morag Sherriffs who was outstanding.

The interval gave us time for a brief look at an exhibition of choir photos, posters and memories from the previous forty years; before a second half of Vaughan Williams, Henryk Górecki and John Rutter. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by brass and percussion – firstly in VW’s O Clap Your Hands. The sound was truly thrilling. Gorecki’s meditation on the Blessed Virgin for unaccompanied choir – Totus Tuus was less successful.However, Rutter’s Gloria was indeed a glorious and suitable end to such a festive programme. The choir can be heard again in St Mary’s on Monday 23rd May; before leaving to sing two concerts in the Polish city of Krakow in the summer. What an anniversary year!

John Stone

STOP PRESS…….Garleton Singers Musical Director lands prestigious post!

Stephen Doughty, Musical Director of the Garleton Singers has been appointed the Chorus Master of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. This chorus of some 130 voices are, in the main, the symphony chorus for the Ulster Orchestra, the professional Orchestra in Belfast.

This post became available on the resignation of the nationally renowned Christopher Bell who will shortly complete seven successful seasons with the choir. Stephen had to go through a rigorous recruitment process with applicants from as far as Japan and Chile as well as Ireland and the UK.

Stephen, who also directs the Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, has been the Musical Director of the Garleton Singers for 14 years. He regularly works as a conductor and accompanist with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and has recently taken rehearsals with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. He has been the accompanist and deputy conductor with the Philharmonic since 2007.

Stephen will continue to direct the Garleton Singers through this, our 40th Anniversary Year, and beyond.

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