The Edinburgh Bach Choir normally performs three concerts a year. One concert is usually dedicated to JS Bach. In addition we have sung a wide repertoire in recent years, ranging from 16th to 20th century composers: Monteverdi to Constant Lambert, Byrd to Duruflé, Handel to Stravinsky.
The choir has a mixed membership of up to 100 singers, and always welcomes new voices.
The core of our activity is our Tuesday night rehearsals. Under the guidance of our Musical Director and piano accompanist, we learn and practise the pieces for our next concert.
We meet from 7.15pm to 9.30pm in St Cuthberts Church, Lothian Road, EH1 2EP.
We have 3 ‘terms’ per year: September-December, January-March and April-May. We usually have a break from rehearsals over the summer, but occasionally have performed in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Future plans for the Choir include maintaining the quality and range of performances, but with a continuing commitment to the works of J.S. Bach. Collaboration(s) with other choirs on larger works are regularly considered, and previous partnerships resulted in successful performances of Gerontious and the Verdi Requiem.
You can read more about our Musical Director, Stephen Doughty, here.
Our piano accompanist is Malcolm Garden, who was born and brought up in Edinburgh. He studied piano with Bryn Turley and cello with Kitty Gregorson, in Cambridge and London, before returning to Edinburgh where his musical life has been busy and varied, consisting of many different opportunities on piano, cello and organ. As a founder member of the Edinburgh Bach Ensemble, he is delighted to be accompanist for another group containing the name of his favourite composer.