andante CHAMBER CHOIR
 

a-cappella singing in the Scottish Borders

Welcome 

Singing in a choir - what a great way to exercise the brain and the body, and meet other like-minded people, both singers and audiences.
  • Marchmont House May 2019
    Marchmont House May 2019
  • St Asaph Cathedral, North Wales, in April 2016
    St Asaph Cathedral, North Wales, in April 2016
  • With Goldie to premiere his composition "The Christian Celeste" in Glasgow Cathedral August 2014
    With Goldie to premiere his composition "The Christian Celeste" in Glasgow Cathedral August 2014
  • An Eccles Christmas - every year!
    An Eccles Christmas - every year!
  • Arthur - our resident poet.
    Arthur - our resident poet.
  • 10th Anniversary Concert in Coldstream - September 2017
    10th Anniversary Concert in Coldstream - September 2017
  • Fragments Project, Glasgow Cathedral, August 2014
    Fragments Project, Glasgow Cathedral, August 2014
  • Mike - our Reader & Compere
    Mike - our Reader & Compere
  • In 2010  at Brinkburn Priory
    In 2010 at Brinkburn Priory
  • Trying out the Hawick Missal Fragments in Jedburgh Abbey in 2013
    Trying out the Hawick Missal Fragments in Jedburgh Abbey in 2013
  • With DudenDance for performance projects in Dryburgh Abbey Summer 2014 & 2015
    With DudenDance for performance projects in Dryburgh Abbey Summer 2014 & 2015
  • Andante supports many charities with fund-raising concerts
    Andante supports many charities with fund-raising concerts
  • During the concert interval at Marchmont House May 2019
    During the concert interval at Marchmont House May 2019
  • West Church, Haddington 2019
    West Church, Haddington 2019
  • Christmas 2019 - Where did you get that hat?
    Christmas 2019 - Where did you get that hat?
Marchmont House May 2019
Marchmont House May 2019
Formed in 2007, we are a group of local singers in this rural locality who decided we wanted to sing the ever widening a-cappella repertoire - choral music without accompaniment - and along the way have a go at everything from plainsong and polyphony to pop. We are currently organised as a thirty-two voice choir plus an actor and a poet, with over a dozen guests who deputise for regular singers. We also run an apprenticeship scheme.

We've sung as far afield as the Isle of Arran, St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, Glasgow Cathedral, Dunfermline Abbey, St Asaph Cathedral North Wales, St Silas Church Newcastle, Brinkburn Priory, Romaldkirk in the Durham Dales, all the Borders Abbeys and dozens of more local venues in the Scottish Borders, North Northumberland and occasionally East Lothian. We give between six and ten concerts a year.    


Our programmes can be on a single theme or a joyful mixture. Sacred and secular, classical and modern, sometimes including jazz, folk or pop. They can be fully sung or have readings as well, sometimes with poems written especially for the concert. We have also created concert dramas and contributed to dance and visual arts projects.

Programmes can be developed for specific venues or audiences. 


Programmes for 2020 include WHATEVER THE WEATHER! and SAMUEL PEPYS - HIS DIARY

More details on 

the CONCERTS 2020 page.

 


To date we'd raised over £32,500 for local & national charities.                                                                   

We meet on Tuesday evenings, usually in Eccles, north of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders - choristers, guests,

apprentices and visitors.                                                                          Do explore our website. 

Come and hear us in concert or rehearsal, where you can talk to any of us if you want to know more.


We enjoy the singing - we do hope you will enjoy the sound we make.

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coronavirus


choir rehearsals and concerts are now suspended until further notice

During Lockdown choir members have been asked to identify their Top Ten Favourite Songs. We have a repertoire of some 285 songs, 122 of them received a vote. The Top Ten favourites are:

LUX ARUMQUE by Eric Whitacre 

ONLY IN SLEEP  by Eriks Esenvalds 

STARS  by Eriks Esenvalds 

SING JOYFULLY by William Byrd 

O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM by Morton Lauridsen 

NORTHERN LIGHTS by Ola Gjeilo

AVE MARIA by Robert Parsons 

BOGPRODITSE DEVO by Serge Rachmaninov 

SLEEP by Eric Whitacre 

The links are to YouTube performances by other choirs - some amateur, some professional - that we admire.

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andante CHAMBER CHOIR