The Marchmont St Giles’ Church Choir

At present, music at Marchmont St Giles’ is largely the preserve of the Church choir and Organist, whose function is to embellish the singing during the service on Sunday mornings and at Christmas etc. Although the choir is currently quite small, averaging 15 to 20 singers on any given Sunday, it is remarkably proficient, and accomplished relative to its numbers; and comprises the full range of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.

Weekly rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9.15am for an hour (when necessary a little earlier and longer). After a 15-minute coffee break, the service follows at 10.30am for roughly an hour. If you think you might be interested in joining the church choir, as a regular, frequent or even just occasional member then contact us.

Listen to the choir here on YouTube performing John Rutter’s Look at the World.


Choir Recordings

O Saviour of the World by Somervell
Steiner’s The Agony sung by Zorbey

Proposed Marchmont Community Choir

Robert Parsons, Organist at Marchmont St Giles’, is keen to establish an ancillary choir or members of the wider community, who may not wish to come and sing at the Sunday service, but would like to have the opportunity to sing in a choir of a more general type, which works towards periodical concerts or shows. The preference would be to tackle music of a relatively sophisticated and non-trivial nature, but not restricted to any particular period or style.

Entrance to such a choir would be more a question of enthusiasm, and the willingness to attend regularly and to put in some individual practice between rehearsals; rather than extensive prior experience or great musical proficiency. Obviously, such a choir would benefit enormously from having a number of members that do have previous experience and or an ability to read music. The hope would be that the choir would equally offer singing opportunities to those who have never or rarely sung in a choir before, and have little or no experience of reading music.

Some form of subscription would be needed to support such a choir, along with gathering a sufficient critical mass of members. But hopefully, given sufficient numbers, the cost of membership could be kept to a minimum and would be determined by the membership at its initial constitutive meetings. If interested contact us.


Robert Parsons, the Organist, would also love to hear from instrumentalists wishing to contribute to the Marchmont musical scene in any way that occurs to them.

Suggestions and initiatives welcomed.

Indeed, any ideas anyone may have about enhancing the musical life in and around Marchmont, by making use of the resources available at Marchmont St Giles’ would be most gratefully received.

Contact details

Anyone interested in joining the Marchmont Choir or Community Choir, should get in touch with Robert Parsons either by Telephone: 0131 557 1257 or by email. Alternatively, leave a message at the Church office by Telephone: 0131 447 4359 or by email.