Linlithgow Rugby Club boasts the only Rugby Club Male Voice Choir in Scotland, with a repertoire including many Scottish favourites along with top popular anthems and songs from the shows. The Choir was founded in 1991 under our current Conductor Mr. Joe Lavery and many of the original members.
The town of Linlithgow is a Scottish Royal Burgh situated 18 miles west of Edinburgh, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. It is also the birthplace of Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister and the future birthplace of Scotty from Star Trek who is due to be born there in 2222!
Linlithgow’s patron saint is St. Michael and the town’s motto is “St. Michael is kind to strangers”. So if you ever visit us, you’ll be made very welcome!
The choir’s raison d’être was originally to reciprocate rugby choral hospitality by entertaining visiting rugby teams and supporters during their visits to Murrayfield for international matches. Over the years our scope has extended to include fundraiser for various charities, principally CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) and in the last years we have also raised funds for Oxfam and Christian Aid. We regularly participate in Club Concerts and Burns Suppers and various other engagements in the Linlithgow and Edinburgh area.
In 2004 the Choir enjoyed our first overseas tour, travelling to China for a concert and workshop program in Beijing. We came back with many marvellous memories but, alas, no gold medals. In 2008 we repeated the international experience with a trip to Torronto, with performances in several venues. In September 2009 we travelled to Belfast to perform a charity concert at Castleward for the benefit of The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and The National Trust.