Origin's music collective is made up of a number of formal groups and several informal groups. We restructured the performance part of the ministry in 2010, leading to a variety of musical groups in which people can participate. We have performed in events around Scotland in venues as diverse as the tiny chapel at Carberry Towers and the enormous Highland Hall of the Royal Highland Society at Ingliston. Our regular larger-scale Edinburgh events are held in the Usher Hall, a 2,200-seat concert hall in the centre of the capital city. We have also performed in the Edinburgh Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Aberdeen International Conference Centre, and outside Scotland at Belfast's Ulster Hall and the City Hall in Cape Town.
The Exile Band
The Exile Band comprises a standard band with occasional added instruments, along with up to eight singers. We use them by themselves for smaller gigs and worship events and combined with one or more of the other groups for larger events. The Exile Band released their first album, un|broken, in May 2009 and you can read more about it and listen to excerpts or order online on our new album page. More...>>
The Origin Praise Choir
The Origin Praise Choir was a new venture for us in 2009 following our restructuring of the Origin music groups, and takes on the larger-scale praise and worship events. This is an open choir and is used for our largest worship event each year, City Praise, and other large events. The choir is not auditioned, though people are expected to be able to sing in tune and in parts, and rehearses only in advance of the event at which they are participating. It is sometimes used along with the other Origin choral groups. More...>>.
The Exile Choir
The Exile Choir is our auditioned choir which is used for larger performance-style events, like our annual (since 2003) Christmas concert at the Usher Hall, and events like our 'Gospel According to Hollywood' event in 2005. Admission to this group is by invitation or audition. More...>>
The Exile Chamber Orchestra
The Exile Chamber Orchestra is used for large-scale praise and worship, as well as outreach events, and occasionally for smaller scale classical concerts. It is made up of volunteer musicians who have reached a high standard in their instrument, both amateur and professional. The orchestra performs by itself as well as with the band and choirs. More...>>
Inclusion in any Origin programme is at the discretion of the organisers.