Our History:

The East Fife Male Voice Choir was formed in 1957 in the Wemyss area of Fife, with a backing of the coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation. It was a great outlet for the Miners and others who joined, being able to sing and socialise with like-minded men as and still is today a great pastime.

In 2007/08 the choir celebrated its 50th Anniversary and was honoured with a Civic Reception in the Town House, Kirkcaldy.

Our Legacy:

Today the choir has about 50 voices and we sing in four part harmony,(1st Tenor; 2nd Tenor; Baritone and Bass). Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at Pathhead Parish Church from September until December then January until May, with members coming from all parts of Fife. We specialise in giving concerts of around two hours duration to audiences at home and abroad. The choir has undertaken tours to Germany, Italy and has visited venues in England and Wales. We also welcome other choirs visiting from other areas of Britain and abroad and often undertake joint concerts with these choirs.

Our Audience:

We entertain in churches, theatres, concert halls etc. We can also consider performing at conventions, conferences, dinners and any other fund raising events.

Musical Director: Marilyn Boulton

Marilyn studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was a prize winner. She subsequently pursued a career as a chamber musician and teacher, giving concerts both in the UK and Europe. Her versatility extends to playing the harp, clarsach and piano in a wide range of styles. As well as conducting choirs and orchestras, which included Kent Youth Choir and the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Choir at the University of St Andrews.
For sixteen years she was Director of Music at St Leonards School, St Andrews and when she left to resume a freelance career, a colleague in the music department described her time there as 'a golden era in St Leonards music'. She is currently resident harpist at the five star Old Course Hotel in St Andrews and plays regularly at the 5 star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. She has played at many weddings and corporate functions in venues such as The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Museum of Scotland and Hopetoun House Edinburgh.

Accompanist: Robin Bell.

Robin Bell A native of Airth, Robin was educated at Larbert High School and Glasgow University (holding the post of Organ Scholar), from where he graduated with Honours in Music. Robin is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, London and has been organist in churches in Linlithgow, Grangemouth and Dunblane. He was also assistant organist to Herrick Bunney at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. Robin has been the organist at Stenhouse & Carron Parish Church, Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, since 1997. Robin taught music at Falkirk High School, Alloa Academy and Madras College in St Andrews (latterly as Principal Teacher) but currently teaches both instrumental music (Piano, Organ and Singing) and class music at St. Leonards, St. Andrews. He is administrator of SCOTS (Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme) and accompanist to the East Fife Male Voice Choir. Robin was conductor of Cupar Choral Society for five years. In May 2009 he received an honorary award from the Royal School of Church Music at a special service in Salisbury Cathedral in recognition of his contribution to Scottish church music.

Would You Like To Join Us:

Can you sing in tune and memorise your musical part? Yes – then we would be pleased to welcome you. Singing is great fun and is a great stress reliever in this busy world. The choir’s chief aim is to encourage male voice singing in Fife.

Book The Choir For A Special Event:

Secretary Brian Beaton will be pleased to advise you about this. Please contact Brian on 01592 641049


Last update: 4 March 2016