St Giles’ 900 Choirbook

The idea of a Choirbook is something which dates back to pre-Reformation times, and in reviving this idea The Friends of the Music are seeking to bring together the music of five commissioned composers from across Scotland to create a series of new works for choir and organ. Our goal for this exciting project is to enrich the choral heritage associated with St Giles’ as well as inspire the choral community much further afield. The Choirbook will be completed in time to coincide with the 900th anniversary of the founding of St Giles’, which falls in 2024.

The composers with the year of commission are:

Kenneth Dempster All sons of Adam (2020) Premiere 18th December 2020
Savourna Stevenson Psalm 121 (2021) Premiere 13th June 2021
Tom Harrold Prayer (George Herbert) (2022)
Helen Grime Missa brevis (2023)
Sir James MacMillan Jubilate (2024)

We have already received funding from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and are now offering the chance for individuals to add their own personal contribution to the creation of new music for choirs by raising a further £10,000.

Full details of how you can help with this goal are available here

Members of St Giles’ Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh, sing a new setting of Psalm 121, in the Scottish Psalter translation, by Savourna Stevenson.

Commissioned by The Friends of the Music of St Giles’ Cathedral, with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland