Recordings and Reviews

Spring 2023

A recording was made of a small part of the concert.  We offer the following rendition of Haydn's Kyrie and Mozarts Ave Verum Corpus for your enjoyment.  


The choir acknowledges the important contribution of the conductor, Tim Coleman and the organist Morley Whitehead in producing such an excellent concert. 


The following three reviews were provided by members of the audience and reflect the enjoyment of many others.


The Spring Concert performed on Sunday 26th March by Colinton & Merchiston Community Choir was a joy to listen to.  There was a relaxed friendly feel from the start - I even joined in the warm up session!  After introductions from the Choir Chair, Lesley Hay, and from Timothy Coleman, conductor, the Choir opened with Hadyn’s Little Organ Mass - a beautiful sound with the variety of six separate “masses”.    Jessica Leary, who sang at very short notice, gave lovely solo soprano performances of the Benedictus and later of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Ave Maria, by Gounoud/Bach.  Morley Whitehead’s organ solo was surprisingly gentle and delicate in part, showcasing the range of sounds which can be produced from all those pipes.  Timothy’s solo - “In native worth” by Haydn - was very well performed.   In the final piece “Hear My Prayer” by Mendelssohn, I certainly recognised the last verse “Oh for the wings of a dove” though I had not heard the whole “song” before.  Throughout the Choir responded perfectly to their conductor and it was a joy to spend an hour or so being entertained by such lovely singing.

 FJS, Buckstone



Colinton choir
What a delightful spring bouquet of chamber music and song was given by the Colinton and Merchiston Community Choir accompanied by Morley Whitehead at the organ, in the vaulted setting of Merchiston Castle school Chapel. This eclectic arrangement of voices and organ opened with Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ which included a soprano solo with choir in the Benedictus. Two Ave Verum Corpus contributions by both Elgar and Mozart  were part of the body of the programme  with conductor Timothy Coleman also providing a tenor solo from Haydn’s ‘Creation’. The programme finished with Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer. soprano solos by Jessica Leary soared up to  the vaults of the chapel and were a feature of this splendid choral concert.





The clocks going forward bring many delights, not least of which was the Colinton and Merchiston Community Choir’s Spring Concert in the Memorial Hall at Merchiston Castle School on Sunday 26 March 2023. The varied and tuneful programme, featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, Elgar and Mendelssohn, delighted their audience. Tim Coleman, the conductor, engages both choir and audience in a pleasing and energetic manner and also treated us to an aria from Haydn’s The Creation. Morley Whitehead, on the organ, provided an excellent accompaniment to the Choir and shone in a solo piece. The final item, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, was the highlight of the evening, with the choir singing in total harmony with the marvellous soprano Jessica Leary. A fitting end to a most enjoyable evening.


Helen Moyes

Christmas 2022

Concert 10 December 2022


We thoroughly enjoyed the Colinton & Merchiston Community Choir concert on Saturday evening (10th December).  It set the scene for the Festive Season with a splendid rendition of Vivaldi's Gloria followed by a wonderful selection of Christmas songs and Carols which involved fun audience participation. 

The Twelve Days of Christmas was particularly memorable and kept the audience on its toes with the skilful guidance of Tim, the conductor.  O Come All Ye Faithful was a fitting and rousing ending to the evening.

It was wonderful to see so many local faces in the choir singing with such gusto and obviously enjoying Tim's enthusiastic conducting.  The soloists were outstanding, and we are sure the evening will have encouraged some of the audience to answer the call to join the choir!


G. Y.


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