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EMFS Choirs Programme
Autumn 2017

EFMS Choral Programme

The Early Music Choirs programme was established in 2016 in response to demand from singers for opportunities to sing Early Music on a regular basis.  Requests from regular choristers whose choirs didn’t sing Renaissance and Baroque music, and others looking to join a choir that specialised in music of these periods suggested that there was a vacuum for EMFS to fill.

Working through a monthly workshop rehearsal, with different groups and areas of focus in the morning and afternoon sessions, the first season of choral work attracted singers form far and wide.

The EMFS Advanced choir, for singers with wide choral experience and the reading and musicianship skills to work at a faster rate meets in the morning and the EMFS Choir for singers with some choral experience and basic sight reading skills after lunch.  (Download a check list to help you decide which group might be most appropriate for you.)  During the first season an increasing number of participants opted to sing in both groups.  Singers are welcome to sign-up for the entire term of rehearsals or just to come and take part in individual days.

The pattern of three meetings per term proved ideal to enable music to be mastered and questions of style, performance practice and context for music by, among others, Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Purcell, Blow and even Mozart to be considered.  Preparing music without the pressure of an impending performance proved a refreshing and rewarding experience allowing greater flexibility in music selection and preparation for all concerned.

Advanced Choir:

Tomás Luis de Victoria
O Quam Gloriosum
A look at sacred music by the greatest of Spanish renaissance composers.  The main pieces to be sung will be the Motet “O Quam Gloriosum” and the Mass based on it.

Intermediate Choir:

Thomas Morley
Composer, Publisher and Theorist
Although celebrated for his madrigals, Morley’s sacred music is less well known as are his important roles as publisher and writer on music. The music to be sung will reflect all his fields of activity.

Dates    30th September /14th October /11th November

Daily Schedule (to be confirmed):

Morning: Advanced Choir
10.00 - 11.15 Session 1
11.15 - 11.30 Break
11.45 - 13.00 Session 2

Afternoon: EMFS Choir

13.45 -15.00  Session 1
15.00 - 15.15  Break
15.15 - 16.30  Session 2

Venue: Michael and All Saints Church, 28 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EDINBURGH, EH3 9JH

Including refreshments for breaks but not lunch. Singers are welcome to bring their own lunch and eat it in the church or to explore the many eateries in the area.

Sign up:

To sign up for this course please contact

Early Music Playing Day

at St Cecilia's Hall

Saturday 28 October, 12pm-5pm



If you are not already playing, singing or dancing in this event, here is a chance to experience a variety of early music. Drop in throughout the day to hear a rolling programme of early music performed by members of the Early Music Forum of Scotland in the beautiful surroundings of the new refurbished St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.

You will hear music by Baldwin, Boismortier, Brade, Ferrabosco, Holborne, Jenkins, Handel, Marenzio, Purcell, Luis de Victoria, Scottish lowland pipers from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, Shickhardt, Telemann, Veracini, Ward, Wilbye and others.

The following groups will be performing: Members of the Choirs of EMFS and St Michael and All Saints Church, Dollar Baroque, Dollar Renaissance, Linton Singers, Haddington U3A recorders, The Gargoyles of Gargunnock, The Victor Meldrew Consort, the L Plate Viol Consort, Leith Baroque, Les Danse Antiques, The Edinburgh Renaissance Band, Bumble and Squawk, The Squair Mile Consort of Viols and the Solsequium Recorder Consort and others not mentioned.

You will hear voices, recorders, diverse, rude medieval instruments, early bagpipes, lutes, viols, the baroque oboe, harpischord and more. 

The full programme is available here.

St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh was originally commissioned by the Edinburgh Musical Society (EMS) and designed by Robert Mylne. It became the first purpose-built concert hall in Scotland when it was completed in 1763.

Additional dates:

December 9th - EMFS Music making day on Music for Advent and Christmas (for instruments and voices) (venue to be confirmed). A morning singing session for singers of all abilities will be supplemented by an afternoon of music-making with EMFS instrumentalists - a perfect preparation for the Festive season. Further info to follow.