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New Music Written for the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral

Over the years the Choir has worked closely with a number of leading composers, commissioning, performing and recording works by Kenneth Leighton, Arvo Pärt, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan, Howard Skempton and Gabriel Jackson, amongst others.  Collaborations with orchestras have included performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 60th birthday concert of American composer John Zorn and at the Glasgow Tectonics Festival.  In 2014-15 the choristers performed again with the BBC SSO, including a semi-staged version of Berg’s Wozzeck under conductor Donald Runnicles.

Preces & Responses Kenneth Leighton (1964)
Awake my glory      Kenneth Leighton (1979)
What love of this is thine Kenneth Leighton (1985)
Creator of the stars of night   Gabriel Jackson (2000)
Nunc Dimittis  Arvo Part (2001)
Tremunt videntes angeli    James MacMillan (2001)
Edinburgh Mass       Gabriel Jackson (2001)
Ane Sang of the Birth of Christ  Gabriel Jackson (2002)
St Matthew Passion     Richard Allain (2002)
Preces and Responses Gabriel Jackson (2003
Ave Verum Corpus  David Briggs (2004)
Hymn to St Margaret of Scotland Gabriel Jackson (2011)
The Presence Cecilia McDowell (2017)


Recording & Broadcasting

The Choir is well known for working closely with numerous leading contemporary composers, commissioning, performing and recording new choral works, and is also acclaimed for its many appearances on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, including live broadcasts of Choral Evensong. 

In 2016 the Choir released a disc of Stravinsky’s choral music with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to critical acclaim.  Other recent recordings which have covered music from the 16th to the 21st centuries have all earned Editor’s Choice in one or more specialist music magazines and won widespread praise in the press.



Sacred Choral Works by Kenneth Leighton

Kenneth Leighton: Sacred Choral Works  - Delphian Records


CD Cover 2016
Stravinsky: Choral Works (with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and soloists Ruby Hughes and Nicholas Mulroy) - Delphian Records
CD Cover 2014
Sheppard: Sacred Choral Music (with Duncan Ferguson) - Delphian Records
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Gabriel Jackson: Beyond the Stars - Sacred Choral Works Vol II (with Duncan Ferguson) - Delphian Records

CD Cover 2011
Bruckner: Motets (with Duncan Ferguson) - Delphian Records
CD Cover  2010
Taverner: Sacred Choral Music (with Duncan Ferguson) - Delphian Records


Delphian Records is one of the UK’s foremost independent music labels. Their catalogue is curated to inspire the adventurous: from ancient bone flutes to string quartet with Scottish Highland bagpipes and almost everything in between. Regularly awarded editors’ choices in the media, Delphian was winner of Gramophone’s prestigious Label of the Year award in 2014.

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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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