Welcome to Stornoway Singers website. Rehearsal every Tuesday at St Columbas Church Hall, Stornoway. 8PM


Stornoway Singers has always been an informal group, with very little documentary evidence about who the members were, where we sang or even what we sang. We do know that it started about 35 years ago when Douglas Leadbitter, a young and enthusiastic music teacher who had recently moved to the island, decided that there were enough people living around the Stornoway area to form a choir to sing classical music.

The venue has changed from the classroom opposite the gym at the Nicolson Institute, via Douglas’ flat where we sat round the table singing madrigals, the music room at the Nicolson Institute and finally to the current home in St Columba’s new church hall. Choir night however has always been Tuesday.

From the accounts it is possible to see that the list of music has included Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Handel’s Messiah, parts of the Brahms requiem, Five English Folk Songs (Vaughan Williams), Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Britten), Five Negro Spirituals (Tippett), Vivaldi's Gloria and numerous short sacred and secular pieces ranging from the early 14th to the 20th centuries and from Anerio to Victoria.

Two early concerts, one of which was Dido and Aeneas and one of which involved the Jazz Band, were held in Lews Castle. The historic St Clements Church in Rodel has been a regular summer venue despite the normally cold temperatures and perennial problems with the generator required to power the lighting and the keyboard.

For a few years we replaced the Christmas Concert with a service of nine lessons and carols at the recently rebuilt Church of Our Holy Redeemer in Stornoway, but for the last few years we have returned to a more inclusive concert, in partnership with the Stornoway Big Band.

Douglas decided in 2012 that the time had come to retire. It is difficult to describe the sense of loss which the choir felt at this announcement. However after much discussion we decided that we wanted to continue singing and Cath Fish agreed to take over the baton.

It is a tribute to Cath’s abilities that we have been able to continue with even more challenging repertoire, including Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana, Fauré Requiem, Bach Cantata 147, Allegri Miserere,The Pirates of Penzance and St Johns Passion. Our concerts remain as popular as ever, and we look forward to the next 35 years!

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