The History of Garleton Singers

History of the Choir

The Garleton Singers choir is based in East Lothian and was founded in 1970 by Catherine Welsh. In 1995, Stephen Doughty replaced Catherine as Musical Director, and he has now spent nearly 15 years guiding us to the musical heights (and, occasionally, depths). Our main venue is the beautifully-restored medieval Church of St Mary in Haddington, but the choir enjoys touring further afield. We gave concerts in Germany in 2004, and in Italy in 2007, and have sung throughout Scotland in collaboration with other choirs and orchestras, including the St Andrews Chorus and Edinburgh Philomusica. We enjoy singing a varied repertoire of major choral works, ranging from Vivaldi to Karl Jenkins, as well as carols, operatic choruses and modern popular classics. The Garleton Singers hold three main concerts a year (our Christmas Carol Concert a firm favourite for our Haddington audience), with occasional special performances such as our 2008 Edinburgh Festival concert and our 2009 performance of The Armed Man.

Concerts 1971 – date

The following list is not all-inclusive. There are many shorter pieces that have been sung by the Garleton Singers, sometimes many times. Soloists are listed where described as such in the relevant programmes, but semi and demi chorus members have not been listed due to constraints on space. If you spot any omissions or errors please do not hesitate to email with suggestions, as we would love to have as complete a history as possible.


You can find copies of some of the programmes for these concerts on the ‘archive’ page of the website.

1971Hiawatha's Wedding FeastColeridge Taylor
1972Zadok the PriestHandelMargaret Marshall
1972GloriaVivaldiJoan Busby
1973Zadok the PriestHandelJoseph Howgego
1973MagnificatPergolesiDouglas Welsh
1974RequiemMozartFrances Carroll, Edna Adams, Patrick Samuels, Walter Thomson
1975Coronation MassMozartFiona Cantley, Gillian Makenzie
1975Captain NoahFlanders/HorowitzMichael Towers, Martin Shaw, Robert Lennie, Douglas Welsh
1976Spring (The Seasons)HaydnCarolyn Coxon
1976Mass in G MajorSchubertAngus Hood
1976Befiel Dem EngelBuxtehudeNorman Clark
1977MessiahHandelShona McLeod, Helen Cochrane, Clifford Hughes, Bill McCue
1978RequiemFaureEnid Bannatyne, Helen Cochrane
1978Pauke MassHaydnJames Boyd, Ivor Klayman
1979Vespere SolennesMozartDorothy Robertson, Joan Busby
1979Mass in C MajorBeethovenClifford Hughes, Ivor Klayman
1980The CreationHaydnDonald Maxwell, Julia Dewhurst, Angela Hartley, John Robertson, Douglas Butters
1981ElijahMendelssohnJulia Dewhurst, Angela Hartley, John Robertson, Douglas Butters
1982RequiemMozartIrene Drummond, Helen Cochrane
1982Hiawatha's Wedding FeastColeridge TaylorJames Boyd, Frank Carroll
1983Petite Messe SolennelleRossiniJulia Dewhurst, Angela Hartley
1983Missa Brevis in ABachHelen Cooke, Patrick Samuels, Glyn Morris
1984Hymn of PraiseMendelssohnJudith Lovat, Helen Cooke
1984GloriaVivaldiGordon Wilson
1985Nelson MassHaydnJudith Lovat, Valerie Read
1985Bavarian HighlandsElgarGordon Wilson, Scott Couper
1986ElijahMendelssohnAnthony Michaels-Moore, Julia Dewhurst, Angela Hartley, Jeffrey Cresswell, Gordon Adams
1987RequiemFaureNerys Jones
1987Messa Di GloriaPucciniWilliam Strachan, Scott Davis
1988MessiahHandelAlison Ferrie, Yvonne Burnett, Andrew Mackenzie Wicks, Peter Langham Evans
1989The CreationHaydnKirsteen Grant, William Strachan, Peter Langham Evans
1990Mass in CBeethovenPatricia McMahon, Frances McCafferty
1990Hymn of PraiseMendelssohnIan Darling, Peter Hall
1990Festival of CarolsVariousSally Darling
1991Mount of OlivesBeethovenMarianne Helgren
1991Spring (The Seasons)HaydnJeremy Ovenden, Ivor Klayman
1992St PaulMendelssohnPatricia McMahon, William Strachan, Henry Wickham
1992Festival of CarolsVariousHeather Boyd, Elizabeth McKeon
1993Petite Messe SolennelleRossiniMarianne Helgren, Heather Boyd
1993Messa Di GloriaPucciniPeter Alexander Wilson, Peter Thomson
1993A Festival of Carols*VariousEmma Turnbull
1994Nelson MassHaydnSusan Teufel, Yvonne Rossen
1994RequiemJohn RutterPeter Wilson, Robin Adams
1994A Sequence of Music for Advent...VariousRosie Sweetman
1995A Celebration of PsalmodyVarious
1996Music for Brass, Choir and Organ**Various
1996Christmas Brass and Voices+Various
1997Mass No 6 in E FlatSchubertPamela Wilcock, Carolyn Murray, Peter van Hulle, Douglas Telfer, Olafur Kjartan Sigurdarson
1997The Garleton Singers' World TourVariousDavid?Wilson
1997Magnificat in DBachAlison Williams, Carolyn Murray, Peter van Hulle, Simon Hart
1998The Coming of SpringDelius/Haydn/VariousGillian Rae-Walker, Carolyn Murray, Paul Rendal, Simon Hart
1998The Garleton SwingersVarious
1999Eine Kleine Sommermusik'VariousAlly Walker
1999The Story of ChristmasVariousEmma Turnbull
2000ElijahMendelssohnAleasha Liddy, Elizabeth Ife, Thomas Walker, Ivor Klayman
2000Carmina Burana++OrffEmma Turnbull, Donald Maxwell, Mike Towers
2000SummertimeVariousNicola Cuthbert, Gerrie McArthur
2000MessiahHandelJoanne Boag, Lucy Taylor, Thomas Walker, Philip Gault
2001Fidelio~BeethovenHelena Leonard, Hubert Francis, Ivor Klayman, Mark? Jacques, Judith Plint, Ian McNab, John McLeod
2001While all the world...Various
2002Hail Bright CeciliaPehkonen/VariousAlison Beck
2002Psalmfest!VariousMorrison Handley-Schachler
2002The Sprig of ThymeJohn Rutter
2003Songs of the IslesRutter/VariousAlison Beck
2003A Burns SequenceJohn Gardner
2003Singing by NumbersBob Chilcott
2003The Making of the DrumBob Chilcott
2003Alleluia! A New Work is ComeVarious
2004Stabat MaterHaydnEilidh McEwan, Alexandra Cassidy, Daryl Simpson, Ronald Nairne
2004Joy to the WorldVarious
2005A Concert of Carols and Readings ~ ~
2006Seek Him That Maketh the Seven StarsJonathan Dove
2006Rejoice in the LambBrittenLeslie Walker, Sadie Maskery, David Wilson, Andrew Scott
2006Coronation Te DeumW WaltonHelen Bennett, Christopher Farquhar, Alan Faulkner, Michael Farmer
2006Lux AeternaLauridsen/VariousAnn McGowan, Russell Dick
2006Today Christ is BornVariousJamieson Sutherland
2007The Music MakersElgarKathleen McKellar Ferguson
2007A Burns SequenceJohn Gardner
2007Song for St CeciliaKen Johnston
2008An Italian Collection#Vivaldi/VariousLeslie Walker
2008GloriaVivaldiKatie Hamilton, Nicola Cuthbert, Grace MacKinnon, Sadie Maskery
2008The Armed ManKarl JenkinsSadie Maskery
2008A Christmas Concert ##Various
2009Scotland at NightTom Cunningham
2009RequiemsKarl Jenkins/John RutterKatie Hamilton, Leslie Walker
2009Magnificat!Rutter/VariousAlison Beck, Philip Gault
2010Missa BrevisKodalySadie Maskery, David Wilson, Graham Miller
2010Missa ChoralisLisztMorag Sheriffs, Anne Browning, Helen Bennett, Christopher Farqhar, Simon Williams, Michael Smith
2011Mass in C, 'Coronation'MozartMorag Sheriffs, Grace Mackinnon, David Wilson, Graham Miller
2011GloriaRutterSharon Keulemans, Becky Kidd, Elda Fleck
2011Hark - Music for ChristmasVarious
2012Easter HymnPietro MascagniAnush Hovhannisyan
2012Petite Messe Solennelle$Gioacchino RossiniAnush Hovhannisyan, Brynne McLeod, Emanoel Velozo, Michel de Souza
2012I Landed with Seven MenKen Johnston
2012The Sprig of Thyme $$John Rutter
2012O Whistle an I'll come tae yeScots Traditional Melody arranged S Hope
2012Choral Variations on Old McDonald Had a FarmTrad arr S Hope
2012Missa Carolae $$$James WhitbournSharon Keulemans and Katie Hamilton
2012A Christmas concert with Polwarth Brass $$$$Various
2013RequiemMozartClaire Evans (soprano), Lucilla Graham (alto), Ian Darling (tenor), Aaron O'Hare (bass)
2013Stabat MaterHaydnClaire Evans (soprano), Lucilla Graham (alto), Ian Darling (tenor), Aaron O'Hare (bass)
2013A Little Jazz MassBob Chilcott
2013HIghlights from stage and screenVarious
2013Christmas concert ^Various
2014Canan nan GaidhealMurdo Macfarlane arr Stephen Docherty
2014Cantique de Jean RacineFaure
2014A Burns SequenceJohn Gardner
2014Ossianic ProcesssionalDuncan Morrison arr. Stephen Docherty
2014GloriaPoulencWilma MacDougall
2014Opera FavouritesVariousAmanda MacLeod

* In association with the Scottish Recorder Consort
** In association with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble
+ In association with the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Colliery Band
++With The Hadley Court Singers, the Stenton Singers, the Choristers of St Mary’s and the Compass School Choir
~ Supporting the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra
~~Supporting the National Art Collections Fund and Children’s Hospice Association Scotland
# In association with the Philomusica of Edinburgh
## With the Choristers of St Mary’s Church

$ With George Wilson on piano and Jeremy Cull on harmonium

$$ With George Wilson on piano and Mark Casson on clarinet

$$$ With George Wilson on organ, Polwarth Brass and Laura Macfarlane on piccolo

$$$$ With Geroge Wilson on organ

^ With George Wilson on organ and  Polwarth Brass