Rugby club choir celebrates 25 years

The choir at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh
The choir at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh

When the men of Linlithgow Rugby Club began singing back in 1991 none imagined their choir would go on to celebrate a 25th anniversary.

However on May 14, in St Michael’s Parish Church that is exactly what they will be doing.

Jim McGuigan, the choir’s director of music, said: “We are delighted to be performing at such a superb venue and particularly pleased that our special guests will be Le C(h)oeur des Rugueux Male Voice Choir from Langon in south west France and the wonderful Linlithgow Reed Band.

“With Bruce Jamieson as our compère, I’m sure it will be an exceptionally enjoyable evening.”

The concert will be unique as it will bring together the only rugby club choirs from France and Scotland together as Le C(h)oeur des Rugueux are associated with the Stade Langonnais Rugby Club.

The Linlithgow singers were previously guests of the French choir and sang in front of 500 people.

Jim said: “We’re really hoping that the whole Linlithgow community will help us give Le C(h)oeur des Rugueux a similar welcome and experience with a full house at St Michael’s Church.”

The choir has gone from strength to strength since its creation and has performed in three different continents and sung at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

The choir has also raised thousands of pounds for charity throughout the years.

In 2007 the choir set a ten-year target of raising £10,000 for the Children’s Hospice Association and recently reached its target well ahead of time.

Choir chairman Chris Thomas said: “We’re delighted to have hit this target and fundraising for CHAS will remain a high priority. We support many charities and have raised another £12,651 by performing as a guest choir at concerts arranged by others.

“We also helped to raise a wonderful £200,000 for Cancer Research UK from the Festivals of Brass and Voices held at the Royal Albert Hall and the Usher Hall in 2012 and 2013.

“I would like to thank all choir members – past and present - and our sponsor Ian Gibson of Platform 3 for their help in making the choir such a success.”

Tickets for the concert, costing £8, are available from, Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow High Street, and the Burgh Hall Box Office.