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St Marys Cathedral is the only cathedral in Scotland to maintain a fully choral foundation, singing daily services as in English cathedrals, and similar in size to the foundations which existed at the medieval Cathedral of St Andrews and the Chapel of Holyrood before the Reformation.
The choir consists of 18 treble choristers, boys and girls (the first cathedral in the British Isles to offer scholarships to girls as well as to boys), and 12 lay clerks. The choristers receive scholarships to attend St Marys Music School, the only choir school in Scotland; some of the lay clerks hold choral scholarships at Edinburgh University.
The Master of the Music, Timothy Byram-Wigfield, received his first music training as a chorister at Kings College, Cambridge, and studied at Oundle School and the Royal College of Music before being appointed organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1985 he took up the post of Sub Organist at Winchester Cathedral, then came to Edinburgh in 1991 at the age of only 27.
|1||03:13||Once in royal David’s city||arr. D Willcocks|
|2||04:27||in the bleak midwinter||Harold Darke|
|3||01:14||Up good Christen folk||arr. Wood|
|4||02:23||Tomorrow shall be my dancing day||John Gardner|
|5||03:02||Of the Father’s heart begotten||arr. Willcocks|
|6||02:49||A spotless rose||Herbert Howells|
|7||03:16||The Lord at first did Adam make||arr. Backhouse|
|8||03:03||God rest you merry, gentlemen||arr. Willcocks|
|9||03:14||Christmas Day||David Sanger|
|10||04:46||Noël nouvelet||arr. Jackson|
|11||01:57||Ding dong! merrily on high||arr.Wood|
|12||02:42||O little town of Bethlehem||arr. Armstrong|
|13||03:31||Coventry Carol||arr. Grier|
|14||03:54||Bethlehem Down||Peter Warloock|
|15||02:44||O come, all ye faithful||arr. Willcocks|
|16||02:39||Away in a manger||arr. Willcocks|
|17||01:56||Zither Carol||arr. Sergeant|
|18||03:10||Hark! the herald angels sing||arr.Willcocks|