Highly Regarded Music Venue

Fine Music Venue Notice
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.

LEARN: 

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.

Some of our visiting  musicians offer lessons.  Prospective pupils and indeed music teachers are invited to enquire.

In addition to the distinguished church organ in 2016 we bought a new 7′ Petrof Weinbach grand piano for 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 since March 2016 is Dr Harry Whalley.  Harry is now also Course Director in Composition and Technology at the University for the Creative Arts.

The Refectory set up as a recording studio for two days of Irish Folk Music in June 2015.
The Refectory set up as a recording studio for two days of Irish Folk Music in June 2015.

 

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. The Gildas Quartet with Pete Furniss, clarinet, have performed Harry Whalley’s A Report To History at the first Composer in Residence concert on 22nd October 2016. The Artisan Trio performed Harry Whalley’s Pivot and Loop (2017) and Forever and Shall Be (2014) at the second Composer in Residence concert on 13th May 2017. The Hans Gál Society rehearsed the opera Song of the Night over two weeks in May and June 2017 for its first UK performance.

Robert Fleming and Adam Kilgour gave their Edinburgh Napier University Honours Degree Piano Recital on 5th May 2017 on our Weinbach Petrof grand piano.

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. Kate and Raphael’s launch on 17th June 2017.

Hebrides Ensemble spent three days rehearsing in St Vincent's at the end of November 2015.
Hebrides Ensemble spent three days rehearsing in St Vincent’s at the end of November 2015.

 

 

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A performance by the Edinburgh Quartet in St Vincent’ in the summer of 2015

Since 2015 St Vincent’s is proud to have been Edinburgh Fringe Venue number 197.  

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Fringe Venue 197 in August 2016

In 2017 our own Fringe programme includes  Choral Evensong services – on Saturday afternoons on 5th, 12th and 19th August 2017 – with invited choirs and detailed in the Fringe Book. There is a video recording of two of last year’s services on this website ‘Videos: Church Services’.

Our well equipped kitchen is an extension to the Refectory.
Our well equipped kitchen is an extension to the Refectory.

FINE MUSIC VENUE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS:

The Hon Barnaby Miln, Vestry Property Convenor, for initial music enquiries
The Hon Barnaby Miln, Vestry Property Convenor, for initial music enquiries

 

Initially please email The Hon Barnaby Miln:  He is the Vestry Property Convenor responsible for bookings at St Vincent’s and, for the past ten years, the classical music editor of edinburghguide.com.

 

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