The Exile Choir

The Exile Choir

While this group is newly formed in 2009, it was created out of one of the oldest groups involved in Origin. We started performing with a choir in 1997, holding events at Carrubbers Christian Centre in Edinburgh, and in 2000 moved into larger venues such as the Edinburgh Playhouse, Usher Hall and Festival Theatre.

For many years the main Origin choir had an open admissions policy, but in 2009 we decided to restructure our musical groups and formed the Exile Choir as an invitiation or audition-only group. We believe in a high standard of performance and want to raise the bar on Christian performing arts in Edinburgh.

Our first event was 'Light of the World' in December 2009 in the Usher Hall. We intend to make this an annual outing for the choir, and will also invite other groups to join with us in this event. In the first concert, we included the Origin Praise Choir and the choir of St Peter's Primary School in Edinburgh. Commitment to the group is seasonal, and tends to be only for one month of rehearsals prior to a major event. It is possible also to commit for just one event and then decide later if you want to sing in the next one or not.

Join us! - we have a clear mission: to reach out to the world with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, and are always looking for people to join us on the journey. You can email choir at originscotland dot org for more information on how to arrange an audition.

Choirmaster
Rebecca Hardie

Rebecca studied music at Edinburgh University, majoring in voice, and is one of our regular soloists. She also sings with the Exile Band and wrote a number of the songs on their first album. She worships at Barnton Baptist Church, is married to James and has a young son, Oliver.

Choir Manager
Heather Merriman

Heather is a qualified paediatric nurse who has been involved with Origin since 2005. She worships at Currie Baptist Church where she is involved in a wide range of ministries (children and youth, worship, teaching). Heather believes being part of God's plan and doing His work to be the most important and ultimately satisfying thing in life.

Director
Colin Peckham

Colin studied music at Edinburgh University and theology with the University of South Africa. He is a freelance website developer and serves as Origin's Artistic Director for Edinburgh and Cape Town. He is married to Norma and has a young son, Andrew.

Inclusion in any Origin programme is at the discretion of the organisers.