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Previous Concerts

Previous Concerts


11 May 2019

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Joseph Haydn – Te Deum
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9





31 March 2019

Petite Messe Solennelle

Gioachino Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle
Gavin Bryars – On Photography





15 December 2018


Andrew Carter – Hodie Christus natus est
Jay Wilcox – Welcome all wonders
Gwyneth Walker – Rejoice!

and well-known carols for all



3 November 2018

For the Fallen

Laura Rossi – Voices of Remembrance
Maurice Duruflé – Requiem






9 June 2018

Mass in B Minor

Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in B Minor





24 March 2018

Leonard Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Leonard Bernstein – Missa Brevis
Charles Pachelbel – Magnificat
Charles Ives – Psalm 90
Samuel Barber – Agnus Dei
Eric Whitacre – Seal Lullaby
William Billings – Modern Musick


3 December 2017

Christus Natus Est

James Whitbourne – Missa Carolae
Stephen Doughty – Let it snow
Cecilia McDowall – Christus Natus Est
Jonathan Rathbone – Gabriel’s Message
Anne Dudley – O come, O Come Emmanuel

and a selection of modern and traditional Carols



27 May 2017

6 Centuries of Sacred Music



25 March 2017

St John Passion

J.S. Bach


3 December 2016

A Concert of Advent and Christmas Music

Vivaldi – Magnificat
J S Bach – Wachet Auf
Rutter – Gloria
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols
and a selection of modern and traditional Carols


2015 – 2016

28 May 2016

J S Bach: Motet – Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Cantata No 1 – Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Cantata No 65 – Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen
Cantata no 79 – Gott, der Herr, is Sonn und Schild


19 March 2016

George Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims


13 December 2015

Concert of Christmas Carols with choruses from Handel’s Messiah

Once in Royal David’s City
Joys Seven
Jesus Child
This Christmas Night
A Babe is born
Sans Day carol
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
A maiden most gentle
Myn Lyking
The Twelve Days of Christmas
A New Year Carol
The Shepherds’ farewell
Hark the Herald Angels sing

Handel – Messiah

For Unto us a child is born;
Glory to God in the highest;


2014 – 2015

30 May 2015

Poulenc: Gloria
Duruflé : Requiem
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé – second suite
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine


21 March 2015

400 years of European sacred music

Viadana – Exsultate justi
Lotti – Crucifixis
Jackson: O Sacrum Convivium
Minay: He calleth his own sheep by name and Drop, drop slow tears
Mendelssohn: Psalm 43
Brahms: Warum is das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?
Schubert: Psalm 23
Palestrina: Tu es Petrus


6 December 2014

Handel – Coronation Anthems
Purcell – Rejoice in the Lord
J S Bach – Magnificat in D


2013 – 2014

7 June 2014

Bruckner, Mass in F Minor

Faure, Requiem


29 March 2014Bach March 2014

Andrew J Smith – An Die Musik

Byrd – Mass in Five Voices

Purcell – Funeral Sentences on the death of Queen Mary

Barber – Agnus Dei

Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia

Penderecki – Agnus Dei

Gabrieli – Jubilate Deo


7 December 2013

J S Bach – Christmas Oratorio


2012 – 2013

8 June 2013, St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh

Haydn: Mass in F
Schubert Mass in G
Mozart: Requiem

Emma Versteeg (Soprano),
Taylor Wilson (Alto),
Jon English (Tenor)
Stewart Kempster (Bass)


24 February 2013, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Verdi: Requiem
Verdi: Te Deum

With Jubilo , Scottish Sinfonia and The Broughton High School Senior Chamber Choir

Kimberley Myers (Soprano)
Catherine King ( Alto)
Joshua Ellicott (Tenor)
Michael Bundy (Bass)


8 December 2012

St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh

Chilcott:  On Christmas Night
Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Christmas Carols:

A Virgin most pure
Shepherds’ Pipe Carol
Myn Lyking
Sir Christémas
I saw three ships
The Three Kings
Birthday Carol
Sussex Carol
The Infant King
O Come All Ye Faithful


2011 – 2012

16 June 2012

St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh

Parry: Songs of Farewell
Gorecki :Totus Tuus
Tavener: St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
Palestrina: Missa Brevis
Macmillan: A child’s Prayer


24 March 2012

St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh

Bach: Easter oratorio Mass in G Major
Cantata no 4 (‘Christ lag in Todesbunden’)
Cantata no 6 (‘Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden’)


19 and 20 November 2011

(19 November in St Michael’s ParishChurch, Linlithgow 20 November in St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh)

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Bruckner: Ecce Sacerdos
Brahms: German Requiem
Orchestra: Scottish Sinfonia


4 June 2011

The Creation by Haydn

Greyfriars Kirk
Greyfriars Place


Emma Morwood – soprano
Chris Elliott – tenor
Henry Herford – bass


2010 – 2011

Centenary Year Concerts 2010-11

There have been three main concerts in the Edinburgh Bach Choir’s centenary year; these were 22nd May (see photos here) and 4th December 2010 (cancelled due to weather), and then 26th March 2011. The works included: The Mass in B Minor, the St. Matthew Passion, Jesu Meine Freude, and Cantatas nos. 1, 65, 79.

In addition, we embarked upon a new venture at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with an exciting “A Cappella” concert, held on the 28th August 2010, including works by Bruckner, Part, Tavener and Stanford. The Aquillos Ensemble also performed the Mozart Quintet for piano and wind.

26 March 2011

6.30pm at St Cuthberts Church, Lothian Road, EH1 2EP

J S Bach, St Matthew Passion

Edinburgh Bach Society Orchestra


Philippa Hyde,
Marion Ramsay,
John Arthur,
Joshua Ellicott,
Chris Elliot,
Stewart Kempster

Ripieno Chorus: Pupils of George Watson’s College


December 2010

4 December 2010

7:30pm at St Cuthberts Church, Lothian Road, EH1 2EP

CANCELLED – due to adverse weather

J S Bach:

Jesu Meine Freude
Cantatas 1, 65 and 79
Brandenburg Concerto No.4

Edinburgh Bach Society Orchestra

Soloists: Emma Versteeg, Chris Elliot, John Arthur


28 August 2010

7.30pm at St Cuthberts Church, Lothian Road, EH1 2EP

Bruckner: Motets
Arvo Part: Magnificat,Triodion
Tavener: The Tyger, Song for Athene
Stanford: Three Motets

In addition, The Aquillos Ensemble will perform: Mozart Quintet for piano and wind.


2009 – 2010

28 February 2010

7.30 pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Edward Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius

This wonderful Oratorio is widely regarded as Elgar’s finest choral work. Commissioned for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival in 1900, it tells the story of a dying man’s soul on its journey to judgement before God, through music full of emotion and longing.

For this prodigious work, the combined forces of Edinburgh Bach Choir, Jubilo, and Scottish Sinfonia, conducted by Neil Mantle MBE, are joined by a group of distinguished soloists.

Mark Wilde – Tenor Colette Ruddy – Mezzo soprano Michael Bundy – Bass Morley Whitehead –

Vaivaldi 2009


Edinburgh Bach Choir Jubilo Scottish Sinfonia

Walter Thomson – Chorus Master Neil Mantle MBE – Conductor


12 December 2009

St Cuthberts Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ J. S. Bach ‘Christmas Oratorio ‘ excerpts from Part 2 Christmas Music (including carols)



2008 – 2009

Sat 9th May 2009

Greyfriars Kirk

J S Bach: St John Passion


Sun 8th February 2009

Greyfriars Kirk

Beethoven: 9th Symphony
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Brahms: Song of Destiny


Sat 29th November 2008

Greyfriars Kirk

Striggio: Ecce Beatam Lucem Tallis: Forty Part Motet Spem in alium Arvo Part: Magnificat and Triodion John Tavener: The Tyger and Song for Athene


2007 – 2008

Saturday 31 May 2008

Greyfriars Kirk at 7.30pm

JS Bach: Magnificat Cantatas nos 39 & 150 Mass no 2 in A


March 2008

Sunday 16 March 2008

Greyfriar’s Kirk at 7.30 pm

Handel: Messiah


Saturday 24 November 2007

St Cuthbert’s Church at 7.30 pm

Schubert : Deutsche Messe
Bruckner : Mass no 2 in E minor
Gabrieli : Jubilate Deo


2006 – 2007

Saturday 26 May 2007

Greyfriars Kirk at 7. 30.

Handel: Judas Maccabeus

Eilidh McEwan – soprano
Alison Barton – alto
Nicholas Mulroy – tenor
Edward Caswell – bass


Saturday 31st March 2007

Greyfriars Kirk at 7. 30.

Stainer: The Crucifixion
Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor

Rosemary McKerchar – soprano
Catriona Morison – mezzo-soprano
Paul Vaughan – tenor
John Arthur – baritone
Morley Whitehead – organ


Saturday 2nd December 2006

Greyfriars Kirk at 7. 30

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Hilary Dolomore – soprano
Kathleen Wilkinson – alto
Adam Magee – tenor
Peter Grant – bass


2005 – 2006

4th June 2006

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh

Fauré Requiem
Duruflé Messe cum Jubilo
Debussy 3 Nocturnes

Natasha Day – Soprano
John Arthur – Baritone

Neil Mantle Conductor


March 2006

25th March 2006

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh

Mozart Mass in C Minor
Haydn Mass in Time of War

Philippa Hyde – Soprano Sandra Porter – Mezzo-soprano Steven Griffen – Tenor Orlando Mason – Bass

Neil Mantle conductor


26th November 2005

7:30 pm St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Bach Mass in B Minor Natasha Day – Soprano Collette Ruddy – Mezzo-soprano Adam Magee – Tenor Edward Caswell – Bass

Neil Mantle Conductor


2004 – 2005

4th June 2005

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh

Byrd The Great Service
Poulenc Messe en Sol Majeur
Stravinsky Ave Maria and Pater Noster

Neil Mantle Conductor


March 2005

12th March 2005

6:30 pm St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Bach St Matthew Passion with orchestra and in association with Scottish Ensemble

Morley Whitehead continuo
Stephen Doughty continuo
Joshua Ellicot tenor ‘Evangelist’
Michael Bundy bass ‘Christus’
Helen Meyerhoff soprano
Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo-soprano
Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks tenor
Christopher Foster bass
Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo-soprano

Neil Mantle conductor


18th December 2004

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, Edinburgh

Gabrieli Jubilate Deo
Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de noël
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Handel Messiah (excerpts)

Neil Mantle Conductor


2003 – 2004

29th May 2004

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Handel Dixit Dominus
J S Bach Cantata No. 182
Vivaldi Magnificat
Purcell O Sing unto the Lord

Neil Mantle Conductor


20th March 2004

7:30 pm Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

Vittoria O Quam Gloriosum est Regnum
Tavener Two Hymns to the Mother of God
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
Bruckner Four Motets
J S Bach Jesu, Mein Freude

Neil Mantle Conductor


30th November 2003

7:30 pm Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Mahler 8th Symphony “The Symphony of a Thousand”

Performed by the combined choirs of Edinburgh Bach Choir Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Edinburgh Youth Choir Jubilo Choir and Sinfonia

Soloists from Singers Direct John Kitchen Organ

Neil Mantle Conductor


2002 – 2003

May 2003

31st May 2003

Bach St John Passion with orchestra led by Daphne Godson

Diane Atherton Soprano
Jennifer Higgins Mezzo-soprano
Andrew Wicks Tenor
Andrew Carwood Tenor (Evangelist)
Michael Bundy Bass

Neil Mantle Conductor


23rd March 2003

Lambert Rio Grande

March 2003

Elgar Music Makers
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms with Sinfonia

Heather Boyd Mezzo-soprano
Gill Gray Piano

Neil Mantle Conductor


7th December 2002

Handel Zadok the Priest
Mozart Coronation Mass
Haydn Nelson Masswith orchestra led by Daphne Godson

Judith Gardner Jones Soprano
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
John Dunford Tenor
William Coleman Baritone

Neil Mantle Conductor