Music is an essential part of our services of High Mass and Evensong & Benediction. The church's musical tradition is maintained by one of the best choirs in the city.
One of the great attractions of singing with us is that rehearsals take place immediately before the service, without the need for additional rehearsals. The usual pattern for Sundays is to meet and rehearse from 9.30 am to 10.30am in preparation for High Mass at 11 am; we then make time for coffee and biscuits and a chat, before leading the congregation in the music for the service. Another attraction to busy singers, who cannot necessarily commit to singing every Sunday, is that we have a Doodle poll, which allows you to say in advance which services you will or will not be available for. This flexibility allows for a large pool of singers, regular and occasional, and lends itself to a wide variety of repertoire, from small to large scale.
I've been a member of St Michael and All Saints congregation and choir since coming to Edinburgh in 2001. I was drawn to the church by the richness of the liturgy and the manner in which the musical tradition plays an important role in enhancing this. I also value the combination of the celebration of faith with a reflective nature of worship and the spirituality that derives from this.
Every Sunday morning the choir sing the Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei from a mass setting as well as an anthem during communion. We also sing plainchant Propers at various points during the service. Our wide repertoire includes mass settings by Byrd, Palestrina, Haydn, Mozart, Darke, Howells, MacMillan and recent commissions.
The music is an integral part of the liturgy, allowing time for personal reflection and prayer. We are a social group and, although we take our music seriously, we enjoy our time together and have social events as well.
To sing in the choir during the Holy Week services is a real privilege and an emotional as well as a musical journey. We also sing special Mass settings during the Edinburgh Festival, and sing at Advent and Christmas carol services on Sunday evenings.
If you can read music, have some singing experience and are interested in joining the choir, please see the Choir Director after one of the services, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a Facebook page.
High Mass: 9.30am rehearsal for 11.00am service
Evensong and Benediction (Occasional Sundays only): 5pm rehearsal for 6pm service