Until recently St Vincent’s restricted itself to church services. They still take priority – we are a growing congregation. But since opening up for wider uses by the community in early 2015 St Vincent’s has rapidly become a highly prized hub for music making.
The combination of its compact size, acoustic, location in the New Town and facilities now ranks St Vincent’s among the best.
Both church area and refectory are in regular use for music practice by individuals and groups. Sometimes we agree a monthly fee to come and go whenever the Refectory is not otherwise in use, sometimes we charge by the session.
In addition to the distinguished church organ we have a new Petrof Weinbach grand piano in the church. There’s a mellow Blüthner upright piano in the Refectory.
Our Director of Music is Les Shankland. He gives organ, piano and basic music lessons .
Our Composer in Residence is Dr Harry Whalley, well known to many music makers, who also gives lessons.
Some of our visiting musicians offer lessons. Prospective pupils and indeed music teachers are invited to enquire.
REHEARSE, RECORD & PERFORM:
Concerts, both classical and folk, take place regularly in St Vincent’s. There’s seating in the pews for about 125.
The highly regarded The Edinburgh Quartet have made St Vincent’s their year-round rehearsal home. The Dunedin Consort and Hebrides Ensemble have rehearsed in St Vincent’s over several days this past year. The Gildas Quartet with Pete Furniss, clarinet, performed Harry Whalley’s A Report To History in a Composer in Residence concert on 22nd October 2016.
Folk groups rehearse and indeed record in the Refectory.
We were delighted that an EP recorded in the summer of 2015 in the Refectory by Darragh Quinn was launched at a highly successful concert at St Vincent’s in November 2015. This is available from https://lostarchitect.bandcamp.com
In May 2016 we were also delighted to learn of the release of Robbie Greig’s album, largely recorded in St Vincent’s in December 2015. This is available from https://robbiegreigandfriends.bandcamp.com
Lizabett Russo’s album The Burning Mountain was launched with a concert on 10th December 2016.
St Vincent’s is Edinburgh Fringe Venue number 197. Bookings are welcome.
In 2016 our own Fringe programme again included Choral Evensong services – on Saturday afternoons on 6th, 13th and 20th August 2016 – with invited choirs and detailed in the Fringe Book. There is a video recording of two of these services on this website ‘Videos: Services’.
FINE MUSIC VENUE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS: