We were founded in the early 1990s as the ‘reserve’ choir for St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and as a result we sing the Cathedral services c.4-6 times a year when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday. In return, the Cathedral allows us to rehearse in the lovely Song School, with its famous murals by Phoebe Traquair. There is an informal audition for new singers.
In November 2019 we were privileged to sing Sir James MacMillan‘s new work All the Hills and Vales Along from pre-publication copies. Our concert range covers both secular and church music. Many of our singers are active in other groups so there are many opportunities to get involved in the musical life of Edinburgh and the wider area. If you are new to Edinburgh, the Chapter House Singers is a good way into the cultural and social life of this great city.
We also occasionally perform outside Edinburgh. For example, we sang the services over a weekend at Durham Cathedral (below) in April 2022 and at Ripon Cathedral (2018).
We are available for hire (either the full choir or a sub-set of singers, depending on what is required). Past events include Burns songs in Stirling Castle, carols aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and several weddings.
The Chapter House Singers is a member of Making Music, an organisation representing and supporting amateur music and promoting musical societies throughout the UK.