Praise Band

Fairmilehead Parish Church

Praise Band

Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!

Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!

Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!    Psalm 150

Praise band instrumentalists

The Praise Band is a diverse and welcoming group of amateur singers and instrumentalists who are excited to explore their spirituality through music and share that joy with others. We welcome people of all ages from teenagers to the retired. We are directed by the energetic, encouraging and talented Leigh Shiel BMus (Hons) – a successful professional musician who has a background in working with organisations including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Napier University and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

The only pre-requisite to joining our praise band is a strong desire to express oneself musically. Previous singing experience and musical literacy is not required – in fact, around half of our singers would fit this description. The central goal of the praise band is to find enjoyment and spiritual fulfilment through performing an imaginative variety of sacred genres and musical approaches from Gospel shuffle to African chanting to the latest Christian pop!

We warm-up and rehearse from 9.30am on a Sunday morning and go live to the public at 10.30am as part of the Morning Service - feel free to drop in on a Sunday to sing/play on a regular or occasional basis. Usually, there are between 12 to 18 singers, together with 2 or 3 guitars, a keyboard, a flute and drums. We are always looking for new singers and instrumentalists to share in our passion for music and make an invaluably rewarding and satisfying offering to their church, their community and God.

Would you like to join?

If you are interested in joining the praise group talk to Andrew Sutherland, our organist and Praise Band leader anytime  on a Sunday morning, contact him via the church office, or, better still, just turn up at 9.30am on a Sunday.  You will be given a warm welcome, support and encouragement and copies of all the music. You don’t have to commit to coming along every week.  We will be delighted to see you whenever you are available to join us.  

'All are Welcome in this Place'