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.
* 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