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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.


2019 Dates

N.B.  new date – February 23rd at the Dalriada, on Portobello Prom

A one-off Saturday, 2 – 5pm session of JAMMING! 

(which means playing, making up your own harmonies and rhythms – in a supportive atmosphere.  Great for building up your musical skills.)


Other spring dates: 

Saturday March 2nd – Taize

Saturday March 30th – Spring Spirituals

Saturday May 4th  -  African songs


NEW  -  for your diaries, (themes to be confirmed)  -  July 20th

and in the autumn:  Saturday September 28th, October 26th, and November 23rd

plus our carol session:  December 21st

all the above from 2 – 5pm, cost £15, or £12 concessions




Voice House  Our next concert will be in May 2019, in St Cuthbert's as usual.   We have recently welcomed some lovely new singers.  As ever, the energy of singing with a big, friendly group brings great rewards.

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.

This group has been on the move, since the schools began to charge commercial rents.  We have been very fortunate to find good spaces to sing in both our summer and winter quarters.  From Easter until the October break we are at the music-friendly Dalriada, down on the Portobello Prom.  Then, through the winter, we meet in the equally hospitable Tollcross Community Centre in Fountainbridge (it used to be the Gaelic School).  N.B. Earlier start time: 6.30pm!!

This welcoming group remains open to newcomers.


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


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, from 6.30 - 8.30pm (NEW!) either (winter months) in Tollcross Community Centre, room 5; or (summer months) in the Dalriada Bar on the Prom at Joppa (end of Brunstane Road North and turn right, along the front).  The group is well established now, but we welcome new members. Call me for more information.  

      Voice House, the big community choir, meets in Bruntsfield Primary School on           Wednesdays from 7 - 9pm.  In November 2017we 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