Yvonne Burgess: musician, choir director, composer and writer in Scotland

Hello there.  Do you live in the Edinburgh area, or in Fife, and would you like to sing regularly without having to audition first? If so - and even if not - read on to get a sense of who I am and how I work - the range of material, the background, and the atmosphere in my choirs and singing workshops.

This is me on the beach at Fisherrow, Musselburgh, close to where I live. (I don't know what the elephant's doing there.) Sea views to the north, sun and the low East Lothian hills to the south, 66 steps (up) from the street to the jungle of pot plants by the front door.

2020 Dates

Feb 29th  -  Jamming

March 28th  -  Spring Spirituals

May 23rd  -  African Songs

June 20th  -  Taize

All workshops Saturday afternoons, 2–5pm; Stockbridge Parish Church Hall, Saxe Coburg Street. Cost is £20 (£15).

Group Roundup

  • All Together Now is a very supportive, relaxed group, and the best place to learn to harmonise independently.  While finding your own way off the tune can feel scary at first, the atmosphere in the group helps to instil confidence and trust - and the lovely sounds we produce together carry their own encouragement.

  • Voice Howff, which meets fortnightly in Dunshelt Village Hall, in the Howe of Fife, is a very warm and friendly group.  I so much enjoy my trips over to the Kingdom, where I spent the 1990s, and first got involved in this sociable singing milarky.

  • An Observation: I have been noticing with pleasure a steady growth in confidence and ease in singing and harmonising, over the past eighteen years. This means we have more and more fun and freedom in 'jamming' - or messing about musically. Interestingly, it seems that first-timers at these events just step right in and join us on our current level.  In other words, as our musical skills improve, harmonising becomes easier for everyone present, however long they've been involved.


Weekly Groups

  • MONDAYS - FORTNIGHTLY. Voice Howff, the Fife equivalent of Edinburgh's Voice House, meets on alternate Monday evenings. For the past few years we have been meeting in Dunshelt Village Hall - a very attractive space, where we have plenty room. Times:  7.25 - 9.25

  • All Together Now (D.I.Y. harmony group) meets on Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, at the Rockville, Joppa.  The group is well established now, but we welcome new members. Call me for more information.  

  • Voice House, the big community choir, meets at our temporary venue at the Eric Liddell Centre at Holy Corner on Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm. In November 2017 we celebrated our 25th  anniversary!

  • The Jammies meet in the Rockville Hotel, Joppa Rocks, on Thursdays. Times:  7.30  -   9.30.  (This group is the only one not open to all comers.)

Call me for more information - (0131) 653 - 2146

Note: A WARNING - received October 9th 2018.


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