April 2022 Events Diary

Until Friday 8th, daily
Burns and Beyond – Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes
Following a series of stunning installations in recent years for Burns&Beyond at St. Giles’ Cathedral, we are thrilled to welcome German artist Michael Pendry to Scotland for his first installation with the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of the cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.

For full details, go to www.stgilescathedral.org.uk or www.burnsandbeyond.com


Until 1st May, daily
The Passion – A Series of Drawings
Jane Couroussopoulos Artist
This series of 12 drawings depicts the story of The Passion of Christ – events that begin with the Last Supper, and end with the Entombment. The drawings are made using graphite, oil bar, oil pastel, and collage. Based on passages from all four of the Gospels, each extraordinary event is presented as a still life of ordinary objects. The exhibition will be on display in the East End of the Cathedral daily through Easter until the start of May.



Friday 1st at 7.30pm
Burns and Beyond
Brìghde Chaimbeul and Aidan O’Rourke
Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019 and fresh from a global audience performance opening COP26 in Glasgow, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again in partnership with Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.

Tickets: £14.50, available at www.burnsandbeyond.com


Saturday 2nd at 7.30pm

Burns and Beyond
Rachel Newton
A special solo-acoustic performance from singer and harpist Rachel Newton, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation. Rachel’s music draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique, earning her a SAY Award 2021 shortlist nomination for her critically acclaimed album ‘To The Awe’.

Tickets: £14.50, available at www.burnsandbeyond.com


Sunday 3rd at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Veronica Henderson – cello
Perspectives on the Bach Suites
Movements from Benjamin Britten’s Three Suites for Cello
J.S. Bach Suite No.4 in E flat major BWV 1010
Michael Berkley Iberian Notebook

Entry is free, with an optional donation.
To book, go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk


Sunday 10th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Music for Passiontide
The Choir of St Giles’ Cathedral
Jordan English – organ
Michael Harris – Master of the Music
Francis Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps du penitence
Gabriel Fauré Requiem

Entry is free, with optional donation.
To book, go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk


Sunday 17th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Edinburgh University Student Recital
Fraser Macdonald – piano and voice
Oskar Jones – piano and tenor saxophone
Anoukia Nistor – cello
Janáček In the Mists
Bach 3rd Cello Suite
Ferling Étude no. 35 Adante Con Gravita
Hahn À Chloris
Fauré Après un rêve, Lydia
Débussy Beau Soir, Preludes
Entry is free, with an optional donation.
To book, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk


Friday 22nd at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Pembridge Hall School Chamber Choir is a true highlight of life at the school: it consists of around 30 carefully selected singers, from Years 5 and 6, who are passionate about choral music. The choir has a broad repertoire that stretches from Cesar Franck and John Rutter to The Beatles and Leonard Cohen – to name but a few. Today they perform a selection of choral classics in this free afternoon concert.


Sunday 24th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Ailsa Aitkenhead – piano
Fantasy and Fairytales
Beethoven Sonata quaso fantasia, op. 72 no. 2 ‘Moonlight Sonata’
Debussy La cathédrale engloutie
Liszt Réminiscenes de Norma

Entry is free, with an optional donation.
Book here


Friday 29th at 7.30pm
Evening Concert Series
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight
The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s busiest chamber orchestras and featuring spectacular soloists from all corners of the UK. Hear them perform Vivaldi’s epic masterpiece, The Four Seasons with other spectacular classics in the heart of Edinburgh at St Giles’ Cathedral.

Tickets: £38/£28/£19