“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 most evenings at 5,30pm.” Richard Morrison, The Times

Image: Our 2018 Festival Performers

The Cathedral currently has vacancies for undergraduate choral scholars and a tenor lay clerk. For details email

Music is a major part of life in the Cathedral, and the Cathedral Choir sings at all of the major services and festivals throughout the year. It is the only choir in Scotland to sing daily services, and is remarkable in being the first cathedral choir in Britain to admit girls to sing alongside the boy choristers. The Choir has an years to widespread critical acclaim. We are always keen to encourage potential new Choristers

The Cathedral has a fine “Father” Willis Organ, and in 2007 acquired a magnificent new 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 in August every year. This includes daily lunchtime recitals and many concerts in the evenings. For more details, please contact the Cathedral Office.

Visiting Choirs are welcome to contribute to the music life of the Cathedral, especially during school holidays, when the Cathedral Choir isoutstanding reputation as one of the best cathedral choirs in Britain and has made several recordings in recent not in residence. The Cathedral also possesses a fine voluntary choir in the Chapter House Singers, which sings several services a year and performs concerts.

For an up to date music list, click here