Nostalgia: City in good voice across the decades

The University of Edinburgh's Glee Club perform to penguins at Edinburgh Zoo
The University of Edinburgh's Glee Club perform to penguins at Edinburgh Zoo
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A New choir was born in the Capital this week when the Edinburgh Garrison ladies, based at Redford Barracks, followed in the footsteps of the renowned military wives of Catterick by setting up their own group.

The ladies were given a few top tips by members of the original choir, but should they need any further inspiration they need only look to the history books. The Capital has a long and distinguished history of choirs, including the huge Mary Erskine School for Girls Choir which packed the stage at the Usher Hall in 1957.

Edinburgh Music Festival - Competitors from St Margaret's Primary School Choir'date correct

Edinburgh Music Festival - Competitors from St Margaret's Primary School Choir'date correct

A rather smaller group was the Edinburgh Children’s Gaelic Choir, who nevertheless did the city proud when they performed at the Gaelic MOD held in the Capital in 1960.

While youngsters might think that Glee clubs are a modern phenomenon, Edinburgh University had its very own back in 1969, which performed at the unusual venue of Edinburgh Zoo’s penguin enclosure, to the delight of its occupants.

The city was also home to the Newhaven Fisherwomen’s Choir, who travelled to Norway in 1961 for the National Fisheries Fair.

Gaelic MOD Edinburgh - Edinburgh Childrens Gaelic Choir

Gaelic MOD Edinburgh - Edinburgh Childrens Gaelic Choir

Members of the Newhaven Fisherwomen's choir set off for Norway to take part in the National Fisheries Fair

Members of the Newhaven Fisherwomen's choir set off for Norway to take part in the National Fisheries Fair

Mary Erskine School for Girls choir performing at the closing concert at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

Mary Erskine School for Girls choir performing at the closing concert at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.