Joining our Congregation Choir

St Johns welcomes new members and visitors from all backgrounds. Our congregation includes evangelicals, Roman Catholics, humanists; at election time it becomes clear that there are stalwart supporters of all parties; there are students who arrived last week, and people whose connection with St John's goes back almost to its foundation in 1818. St John's is a member of Changing Attitude Scotland, working to end prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people. Some members enjoy the lively intellectual debates and joining in social justice and environmental initiatives; others like being able quietly to enjoy the preaching and choral music; or participating in social activities such as the walking group. Come along to one of our services or other events.

The Choir of St Johns is always looking for new members. It comprises around thirty singers and two volunteer organists, and is directed by Stephen Doughty, whose busy career includes chorusmaster of the Belfast Philharmonic Chorus. We welcome singers of all ages from student freshers, professionals and retired: some members have stayed long enough to progress through all these stages. We have a busy schedule of three services, 9.30am matins, 10.30am eucharist and 6pm evensong, almost every Sunday. This means we sing around 350 different pieces of choral music during the year, and new music is being added to the repertoire continually, so good sight-reading and quick learning is essential. Members are expected to sing most services and time off is arranged informally within parts. There are plenty of musical highlights including Christmas and other church festivals and the Edinburgh Fringe. These are possibly outnumbered by the social highlights, including the annual spring seaside weekend at the Cathedral of the Isles on Cumbrae, the famous winter Choir Party and Cabaret, and trips to sing in cathedrals. We are usually to be found on a Sunday night in Whighams wine cellars. You can find out more on the choir's own website, www.thechoir.co.uk, or email sjtdoughty@gmail.com to arrange an audition.