Chapter House Singers is a friendly choir of about 30 singers based in Edinburgh. We sing the services at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral on five or six Sundays during the year, and we usually give two concerts each year. Our music is mainly church music, but we also sing secular pieces and cover a broad range of music.
Covid-19 and singing
In March of last year, Covid-19 stopped every choir in the country in its tracks. Chapter House Singers was no exception, but a lot is happening. Since last September, we have been working successfully online to prepare new repertoire. Our normal rehearsal space in the cathedral’s Song School is no longer available, but we have a standing invitation from the Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral to rehearse in the cathedral building itself as soon as regulations are relaxed. Having examined the requirements, the Provost and our musical director have agreed that the building provides more than ample space for a chamber choir to maintain social distancing, and it is naturally very well ventilated. We have also discussed Covid protocols with the Cathedral authorities, and these are ready to be finalised and put into operation. In addition to the exciting prospect of rehearsing and singing services once more as a full choir, there is a possibility of providing small groups or soloists for Sunday services as things begin to return to normal. So we believe that we are ideally placed to resume live singing from the moment that government regulations are eased.
Are you interested in joining us? We are rehearsing online. Or do you want to ask some questions about our plans to start singing again? You can get in touch via the Contact Us page.
We are currently looking for tenors in particular. In normal life, we meet on Wednesdays at 19.30 in the Song School at St Mary’s, and singers can also be found in Teuchter’s bar on William Street after rehearsals.