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  • Programme for our 2024/25 season
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2024
    With Nick Wilks as our new Musical Director, EBC will be performing these pieces in the coming 24/25 season:

    Christmas 2024 - Britten, A Ceremony of Carols
    Spring 2025 - Bruckner, Mass in E minor
    Summer 2025 - Handel, Belshazzar 

    Sing with us! Rehearsals will resume on Tue 10 Sep 2024. at 7:15pm.

  • New Musical Director
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2024
    Nicholas Wilks has been appointed as the new Musical Director of the Edinburgh Bach Choir, replacing Stephen Doughty.

    Nick is currently the Musical Director of the Greenock Philharmonic Choir and the Paisley Sinfonia. He is also a volunteer for Cumnock Tryst and Sistema Scotland. Before he came to Scotland with his family, he was Master of Music (Director of Music) then Second Master (Deputy Head) at Winchester College.

    Nick has worked with many singers including Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Claire Rutter. He has prepared choirs for Sir Colin Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Jarvi and André Previn to name a few.

    His experience and repertoire is both broad and extensive and he will no doubt challenge and inspire the choir in our next chapter.
  • Summer concert 2024 photos
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2024
    Thank you so much for supporting our concert. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

    Check out the photos: 

    We wish you a wonderful summer! See you after the break! 
  • Welcome!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2023
    A warm welcome to new singers this season: 3 basses, 6 altos, 4 sopranos.....Thank you very much for coming along, we hope you are enjoying singing with us and all the very best to any who might still be awaiting an audition.    
  • Spring Concert 2023
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2023
    Rehearsals are well under way for our Spring concert on Saturday, 25th March......James Roberton's Requiem for the Innocent, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Parry's  My Soul, There Is A Country. 

    The Roberton Requiem, written specifically for the choir, was due to be performed several years ago. During Covid lockdown the choir instead produced a 'taster'  which is available on our website. We are now very much looking forward to singing this powerful  new work in its entirety, together with the Lauridsen and Parry pieces. An evening of powerful, moving and evocative music.          

  • Sing Joyfully !
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 13 May 2022
    With much to celebrate this summer, not least our return to in person singing and performance, we very much look forward to our season Finale on 12 June, bringing our audience a true ‘Taste of Great British Choral Music’. 

    The programme will also include a familiar folk song from c.1310, ‘ Sumer Is Icumen In’. The words, written in Early English, will appear in the programme. 
  • Concert Tomorrow!
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 8 Apr 2022
    We are really looking forward to our concert on 9 April, where we will perform Bach St Luke Passion along with professional orchestra and soloists. The music is full of dramatic choruses and beautiful chorals. Follow this link for a wee sample of our concert week rehearsal!
  • Upcoming concert: Bach St Luke Passion 9 April 2022
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 4 Mar 2022
    Rehearsals are well underway for our next concert on Saturday 9 April! We will be singing the Bach St Luke Passion accompanied by professional orchestra and soloists.

    This piece has historically been attributed to Bach as a copy of part of the score exists in his handwriting, but it is now thought not to have been composed by him although he is known to have performed it at least twice. Like Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, the piece follows the story of the passion of Christ using a combination of hymn like chorals, dramatic choruses and solo pieces representing the different characters in the story.

    Don't miss your chance to hear this rarely performed piece and find out for yourself!
  • Open Rehearsals
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 7 Jan 2022


    Do you fancy singing with one of Edinburgh's leading amateur choirs, professional soloists and orchestra? Why not come along to one of our Open Rehearsals, join in the singing and see what you think?!

    Tuesdays 11th and 18th January 2022 7.30 - 9.00pm at St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EP.

    Highlights of forthcoming concerts include:
    Bach St. Luke Passion, Handel Chandos Anthems, Finzi For St Cecilia, Parry Blest pair of sirens
  • Autumn 2021 Concert
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 11 Oct 2021
    Bach, Beethoven, Brahms........ Friday, 5th November, 2021.....

    For full concert details see Upcoming Events and follow the link. Tickets available online. All enquiries can be directed to the website. 

    Note for audience:  There will be no interval and masks must be worn, unless exempt. 
  • Edinburgh Bach Choir is back
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 24 Aug 2021

    After a challenging and rather dry 18 months, Edinburgh Bach Choir is delighted to burst back on the musical scene with its usual colourful programmes featuring a wide variety of composers, including, of course, the great JS Bach himself.   

    If you would like to attend a rehearsal as a ‘taster’, we should be very interested in hearing from you. Rehearsals take place in St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Rd., Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, on Tuesday evenings from 7.30. Our new season begins on Tuesday, 7th September 2021.

    For further details, including health and safety arrangements as we emerge from the Covid pandemic, please email Janet May,

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Stephen Doughty, Musical Director

  • EBC recording raises funds for Help Musicians UK
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021
    A huge thank you from the Edinburgh Bach Choir to all those who made donations in support of the release of our recording of James Robertson's Requiem for the Innocent and Brahm's Schicksalslied. We passed on 100% of all donations received, some £434, to Help Musicians UK.
  • Launch of our latest recording
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 29 May 2021
    Please join us for the launch of our latest exciting lockdown recording. The world premiere of James Robertson's Requiem for the Innocent coupled with Brahm's Schicksalslied.

    Watch the Premiere on Youtube on Sunday 6th June at 17.00. You can also view the recording at any time thereafter. Just follow this link: Summer 2021 Concert
  • Looking Forward with Edinburgh Bach Choir
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 17 Jan 2021
    Following the success of their recent venture into the world of virtual performance, EBC are now looking forward to recording the Shicksalslied by Brahms, and Requiem for the Innocent, by James Robertson.    
    The Shicksalslied, (Song of Destiny), Opus 54, is an orchestrally accompanied choral setting based on a poem by Friedrich Holderlin, first performed in 1871.  This widely loved piece is often known as The Little Requiem as it shares many stylistic and compositional similarities with Brahms’s most ambitious choral work.

    Requiem for the Innocent by James Robertson for choir, chamber orchestra and soloists, is dedicated to the Edinburgh Bach Choir and written specifically for them. The work was completed in the summer of 2020 and the choir will be recording extracts as an introductory ‘premiere performance’.  The eight movements include some traditional Latin text with English translation, selected biblical passages, and words written by the composer himself. This contemporary piece might be seen as a powerful reflection on the current state of our world. The composer describes it as a ‘call’ to acknowledge and embrace those who experience adversity and injustice in any of its many forms, and celebrates hope and courage in the face of fear and darkness. Begun in 2019, in pre-Covid times, the composer could never have imagined how prescient his work would be. It seems a fitting start therefore to the choir’s 2021 calendar to be performing both these pieces, and the choir looks forward to sharing them with their wider audience this Spring.       
  • Join Us for an online World Premiere
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021
    We are rehearsing online on Tuesday evenings - commencing 12th January - and will be producing an online recording at the end of the session. We are working on two fantastic pieces:

    - Requiem for the Innocent by James Robertson is a new piece dedicated to the Edinburgh Bach Choir and this performance will be the first ever.
    - Schicksalslied by Brahms - a lush, melodic masterpiece on the theme of fate.

    Why not join us for this experience? All are welcome and no audition is necessary. Just go to the Contact Us page and email the Choir Membership Secretary.
  • Kodály recording coming very soon
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    The premiere of our Kodály recording is this coming Sunday, 20th December at 4pm. The link to Youtube, where you can watch this online concert will appear on our website here: Kodály Premiere

    After the premiere, you will still be able to watch this recording in the Past Performances section of the website.

    If you enjoy this perfromance, please consider donating to help keep the choir singing. Obviously, we do not have the concert ticket income that we normally would. We are also delighted to be splitting all donations with Help Musicians who have done so much to support professional musicians through this most difficult of years.
  • Kodály premiere on 20th December
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 9 Dec 2020
    The choir has just completed a term of online rehearsals and recorded two fabulous pieces by Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. Esti Dal (Evening Song) is a beautiful folk song and Kodály's most famous work. Laudes Organi, the composer's final work, is a spectacular celebration of organ and choir, based on a 12th century text.

    The premiere of this recording is on 20th December at 4pm - we will post the link very soon.
  • Join Us Online
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 1 Nov 2020
    We are embracing the new normal and rehearsing online - working on 2 fantastic pieces by Zoltán Kodály – Laudes Organi and Esti dal. Why not join us for this experience? All are welcome and no audition is necessary. Just go to the Contact Us page and email the Choir Membership Secretary.
  • Concert Cancellations
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020
    You will not be surprised to learn that we have now cancelled our two May concerts (as well as the March one). Please stay well and we look forward so much to welcoming you back to a Bach Choir concert when the time is right.
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