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Take your place on stage with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Join one of the world’s finest choruses at the open rehearsal on 24 October

The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is at the heart of the International Festival’s classical music programme – giving local singers the opportunity to learn exhilarating choral repertoire and perform with world class orchestras and conductors – and you could be part of it.

On Tuesday 24 October you’ll have a chance to join in for the opportunity to sing at the open rehearsal and experience what the Edinburgh Festival Chorus is all about. Just email our Chorus Manager, Jenny Searle, ( to book your free place.

Last August, the local singers were performing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Philarmonia Orchestra and Hallé, singing works including Berlioz's La damnation de Faust, Elgar's King Olaf and Verdi's Stabat mater and Te Deum

Amongst other works the 2018 International Festival programme will offer a rare opportunity to sing Mahler’s epic Eighth Symphony. Known to many as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ this masterpiece brings together an expanded orchestra, two choruses, a boys’ choir and eight soloists.

Take a look below for some first-hand insights to the Edinburgh Festival Chorus from its members and artists who worked with them.

Edinburgh Festival Chorus in rehearsal

The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is absolutely unique! I love the music, the sound, the energy, the buzz, the camaraderie and the choral discipline

Valerie Bryan, Chorus Member

Edinburgh Festival Chorus rehearsing Elgar's King Olaf

Without doubt one of the finest choruses in the world

Donald Runnicles OBE, Conductor

 Christopher Bell, Chorus Master

The thrill of a volunteer chorus singing with a visiting international orchestra… creates a kind of electricity that you can’t necessarily achieve with professional choirs

Christopher Bell, Chorus Master

Edinburgh Festival Chorus performing in the Usher Hall

The best things… getting to perform alongside so many exceptional orchestras and musicians from all over the world

Brendan Glen, Chorus Member

 Edinburgh Festival Chorus performs for the full house at the Usher Hall

it was impossible not to be swept up by the glorious Edinburgh Festival Chorus

 The Herald on The Opening Concert in 2017

The Edinburgh Festival Chorus open rehearsal takes place on Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.00-9.30pm, at The Hub in Edinburgh. To book your free place, contact Jenny Searle, Chorus Manager, on

EDIT: The event is now at full capacity for the event, but we're operating a waiting list that you can join.

Photo credits (from the top):
1 © Eoin Carey | 2, 4, 5 © Stuart Armitt | 3 © Beth Chalmers | 6 © Claudine Quinn

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