Since May 2021 we have resumed in-person singing sessions outdoors and returned indoors from early October.
Dates for 2022
We will be moving back into the small hall at Portobello Baptist Church, 189 Portobello High Street, EH15 1EA (enter through the side passage to the right of the main church door) and sessions will run from 7.30 – 9.30PM with a break for tea and coffee (please bring some cash for a donation for tea/coffee/biscuit!)
We invite new members to come for a free trial taster session to see if you like it. Feel free just to turn up and you will be warmly welcomed!
1st block: 7 September to 12 October (6 sessions – £48/30)
No session 19th October
2nd block: 26 October to 14 December (8 sessions £64/40)
We ask you to pay for a block of sessions if you can. We have had to increase our fees slightly this term for the first time in many years to £8/5 per session to cover our costs. We also invite those who can afford it to pay an enhanced rate of £10 per session, whereby you help subsidise a place at choir for someone on a low income.
Sea Songs session on Portobello Beach
Portobello Community Choir is running another Sea Songs workshop on Porty Beach on Weds 17th August 7.00 -8.30pm by the cakestand (foot of Marlborough St). Come and sing some songs about and to the sea, with the sound of the waves as a backdrop. Bring a folding chair if you think you might need one, some wood for the fire if you have any, water to lubricate your voice and your swimmers for after if you wish! I will bring mine. All welcome – all songs are taught by ear – no previous experience needed. Cost: £8/5.
The songsheet is below – please print yourself a copy if you can!
Sea songs 2022 song sheet
🏳️🌈 Portobello Community Choir: Singing For Our Lives
Friday 17 June at 7pm – 8pm, The Cake Stand, The Prom
Come and learn some harmony songs with a focus on equality and rights for LGBTQ+ people, and to celebrate rights won.
All welcome – no singing experience needed.
Portobello Community Choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. We aim to joyfully connect with each other, the earth and the world around us through song.
Indoors at Baptist Church, 189 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EA. We will be meeting in the upstairs church building rather than the back hall, so entry is through the large door rather than the back passage. If you are late please ring the doorbell and someone will come down to let you in – but please try to arrive on time if you can!
1st block: 27th April, 4th, 11th, 18th, May (4 sessions – £28/20)
2nd block: 25th May, 1st, 8th, 15th June (4 sessions – £28/20)
Porty Sings For Ukraine And All Refugees: Sunday 3rd April 2-3.30 Joppa Steps
Come and learn some easy Ukrainian folk songs and peace songs to sing together and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all refugees. This event is hosted by Portobello Community Choir as a community fundraiser. Please donate whatever you can to DEC or similar online or bring some cash to the event. All welcome!
Donkeyfield Community Orchard Wassail: January 29th 2-4PM
Come and join us in singing some hearty songs to the trees to thank them for the fruit they gave us last year and to encourage fruitfulness this year.
- a hat (for one of the songs)
- pots and pans to bang and make some noise
- toast to hang on the trees
- an Ivy crown (just a loop of Ivy to wear on your head) if you have access to any Ivy. There will be some available on the day.
Please print a songsheet if you can to minimise passing round paper: Wassail Songsheet 2022
Indoors at Baptist Church, 189 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EA. We will be meeting in the upstairs church building rather than the back hall, so entry is through the large door rather than the back passage. If you are late please ring the doorbell and someone will come down to let you in.
1st block: 12th, 19th, 26th Jan, 2nd, 9th Feb (5 sessions – £35/25)
2nd block: 23rd Feb, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March, 6th April (7 sessions – £49/35)
Dates for 2021
Outdoors in Bellfield Garden, 16B Bellfield St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BP
8th September – 29th September 7.15PM – 8.15PM (4 sessions) £20
Indoors at Baptist Church, 189 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EA. We will be meeting in the upstairs church building rather than the back hall, so entry is through the large door rather than the back passage.
1st block: 6th, 13th, 27th Oct (no session 20th Oct) and 3rd, 10th Nov (5 sessions) 7.15 – 8.15PM
2nd block: 17th, 24th Nov and 1st, 8th, 15th Dec (5 sessions) 7.15 – 8.15PM
All sessions must be booked in advance and we need to have your contact details for track and trace. If you are new to the choir please contact us and we will send you a copy of the latest risk assessment which you need to read before attending.