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

Hello there.  Do you live in Edinburgh or 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.


AUTUMN into WINTER - 2016


in Stockbridge Parish Church Hall

All afternoon events from 2 - 5 pm


A monthly routine of Stockbridge Saturdays, with varying themes, has become established:  for example, Spirituals days (my own original riffs, songs and chants), Themed Artist sessions (we've visited the Beatles a few times, and Paul Simon, the Kinks and Gillean Welch, among others) Taize singing, African songs, and so on. 


November 5th  - TAIZE chants  from 2 - 5pm

a chance to sing these gorgeous harmonies for a bit longer, and really savour the wonderful atmosphere they help to create


December 3rd  -  African Afternoon  2 - 5pm

Always popular, the accessible songs of Africa get everyone moving, and feeling joyful. 


December 17th  -  Carols!      

We missed this last year, so come and have a good big pre-Christmas sing to make up!  Mulled wine & possibly even mince pies included.


COST: £15 (£12)



Voice House  We are now accepting new members again. Our end of May concert went well, and we are now learning new material, free of performance pressures!  As ever, the energy of singing with a big, friendly group brings 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).

This welcoming group remains open to newcomers.

Pop Choir   You learn a lot by singing Pop songs - how to do backing riffs, and sing chords, to provide a 'sound support' for the tune, as well as having the chance to lead songs you love, and be accompanied by others.  (Since everyone has a go, it's no big deal - really.)

Pop Choir is a slightly longer evening, finishing at 10pm - with snacks at the break, and the odd glass of wine. 

Voice Howff, which meets in Dunshelt Village Hall, in the Howe of Fife, on the 'other Mondays' from Pop Choir, 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 over the past fifteen-plus years, in singing and harmonising, so that we have more and more fun '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


Pop Choir continues its fortnightly Monday evening party in one another's homes, with enthusiasm and (we like to think) increasing skill! 

Voice Howff, the Fife (Auchtermuchty) equivalent of Edinburgh's Voice House,     meets on the alternate Monday evenings, at the moment, October 3rd, 17th and so on.  A few years ago, we moved (from the Guide Hall in Auchtermuchty) to Dunshelt Village Hall - a very attractive space, where we have plenty room.

Voice Howff will be giving a concert in Auchtermuchty Parish Church Hall on Friday November 18th.


Both Monday choirs start at 7.30pm. 


  • All Together Now  (D.I.Y. harmony group) meets on Tuesday evenings, from 7 - 9pm, 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. 

        The Jammies meet in the Dalriada on Portobello Prom on Thursdays, from          7.30  -   9.30.  (This group is the only one not open to all comers.)


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