“A haven of calm in Edinburgh in August, St Mary’s Cathedral in Palmerston Place is also a repository of soothing music. There are free lunchtime chamber concerts each day, but the real glory is the Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir.” Richard Morrison, The Times

Image: Our 2018 Festival Performers

Music is a major part of the life of St Mary’s Cathedral. Our choir sings at all the major services and festivals throughout the year, and enjoys an international reputation through its daily services, broadcasts, concerts, tours, and recordings. The Cathedral has a fine “Father” Willis Organ and a Steinway concert grand piano as a result of generous support from Creative Scotland and others. The Cathedral hosts many concerts and musical events throughout the year, and presents a busy Festival programme during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our voluntary choir, the Chapter House Singers, sings services when the cathedral choir is away, and we also welcome visiting choirs outside term time to sing services.

 On these pages you will find out more about the musical life of St Mary’s, including the opportunities for children to sing in the cathedral choir, information for visiting choirs, the organ and Music Society. 

For an up to date music list, click here