Music in the Kirk
has taken place in this historic church since the 1500s. The architecture,
with its stained glass and vaulted ceiling is not only visually impressive but
help to provide the fine acoustics.
Early in the church, sang
schules (song schools) were common. Boys were taught church and
instrumental music, and often arithmetic reading and writing. The Choirs and
instrumentalists took part in the Sunday services and the masters of sang
schules usually had the position of precentor (first singer) in main town
churches, and led the singing helped by the boys they had trained.
Pictured to the left is our own
Conacher organ of 1888 which is a fine example of the type of organ that most churches
had by the end of the nineteenth century.
Violin, flute guitar and even pipes
instrumentalists make a valuable contribution from time to time in our own
worship. We also welcome outside groups such as Bathgate Concert Orchestra, Broxburn and
Livingston Brass Band, and our own Choirs, The Selah
Singers and The Choral Highlights Ladies Choir
who all make regular contribution to our Services.
in addition hold
two annual concerts in the Kirk and also perform at other venues throughout the
Organist and Director of Music, John Rankine LLCM (TD) , (pictured right) holds
occasional ‘teach ins‘ of new hymns before the
service and is usually met with smiles and good humour and the congregation’s
participation is always greatly appreciated. The music also helps set the mood before the
service as well as during the collection and other times. The organ is there to
lead the congregation in singing, keeping a steady time and everybody
The variety of music in the church
changes to reflect the time of the year or the nature of the service, whether
the music has a background of classical, Scots, folk or modern, all types are
used in worship. Some reflect the changing times and others have a timeless
quality. The organised players and singers are here today as they have been over
Singers for the choir and
instrumentalists are always very welcome. Please see John Rankine after the
Sunday Service or telephone him on 01506 880029.
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