Based in East Lothian, Scotland, the Garleton Singers is a mixed voice choir of some 65 voices. The choir was formed in 1970 but in its 40-plus years it has only had two conductors of which I am the second!
The choir performs most regularly in the glorious 14th century St. Mary's Church, Haddington (which you can see in some of these pictures), but also sings regularly in Edinburgh. Furthermore the choir has embarked on four tours to Europe, to the Rhine Valley, Florence and San Gimignano in Italy, Krakow and, most recently, Munich including leading the worship in St. Mark's church where the famous Karl Richter was organist.
The choir enjoys singing a wide variety of music which frequently bridges the 'gap' between the larger symphonic works I prepare with Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the essentially liturgical music sung by the Choir of St. John's. Recent concerts, all of which are programmed and conducted by myself, have included larger pieces such as Mozart Requiem, Haydn Stabat Mater and Poulenc Gloria, but also cycles of folk song arrangements by John Gardner, Stanford and arrangements by myself, and motets by Schutz, Gabrieli and others.
Every few years the Choir holds a commemorative concert around Remembrance Sunday, on behalf of Poppy Scotland. Faure's Requiem, music by John Tavener and Karl Jenkins' Armed Man have all contributed to moving and poignant concerts, which have usually attracted capacity audiences.
If you fancy coming along to a fun and festive Christmas concert then you can do a lot worse than attending a Garleton Singers Christmas concert! You better buy your ticket early, however, as they tend to be sold out!
These concerts are a highlight for the choir and our audience each year, and feature the usual mix of traditional carols with the audience, choral items and also one or two 'unexpected' opportunites for everyone to let their hair down! Often we will be joined by instrumentalists; for a number of years the festive feeling was further enhanced by Polwarth Brass, a 7-piece ensemble who certainly raised the roof and this year (13th December 2015) we will be singing 'ding, dong, merrily on high' to the colourful sounds of Holy Trinity Handbells. Why not come along? You can buy your ticket here!