The church choir offers a welcome singers of every level to support the worship in the church. They lead the singing of the hymns, offer choral items of music during worship, as well as leading the special services. They have also regularly appeared in concerts with the Stockbridge and New Town Community Orchestra. The picture above shows some of the choir members making a recording for a student project.
The organist and choir director is Marion Lees MacPherson. She is a professionaly trained musican and composer whose breadth of experience and versatility ranges from playing bass with the Stepney sisters in the 1970s to years as a professional accompanist. She has been with us since the the 1990s and is currently also organist at Mortonhall Crematorium.
The choir is supported by Esther Chuang. Orginally from Taiwan. Esther is a singer, pianist and assistant organist. After a music degree in England she completed a Masters in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University. She participates as a choir member, offers vocal training to choir members and deputises when Marion is absent.
During the Covid lockdown the choir was not able to practise or lead the Sunday services. However they were able to get together virtually and prepare music for the broadcast services. You can listen to these in the service recordings or as separate items here:
Adding your voice
We can add voices to the Sunday broadcasts using computer software. Esther has prepared a document to explain how this is done which you can download here and a warm up video session on YouTube so that you can get your voice ready to sing. Enjoy!