Music and worship

Music plays an important role in the worship at St John's....

The Choir

The Choir of St John's

The Choir of St John's is one of the leading church choirs in Edinburgh. It has around 30 members, and sings three services each Sunday: family eucharist, choral matins and evensong. We also sing concerts, special services and weddings.

The choir has a vibrant social life, including an annual weekend away, which has often been at the Cathedral of the Isles on Cumbrae.

The Choir has its own website,

Carol singing outside the church Some of the choir recently spent a weekend in Ripon, singing two services in the cathedral
Stephen Doughty

Stephen Doughty has been Director of Music since June 2001. He conducts the Garleton Singers in East Lothian, and was previously organist and choirmaster in Fairmilehead, St Mary's Haddington, and St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh. He is an examiner with the Associated Board, works as an accompanist for concerts and competitions, and plays organ and harpsichord for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

If you are interested with singing with us please contact Stephen Doughty at St John's, or email