Concert Diary August

Friday 2nd at 8pm
Evening Concert
The Byrd International Singers

The Byrd International Singers is a group of 20 singers from around the world that participate in an annual Renaissance course offered by the Byrd Ensemble in the US.

In this, the first of our Edinburgh Festival Fringe concerts for 2019, the 20-strong choir will sing renaissance music from Scotland and England, featuring the composers: Robert Carver, Andrew Blackhall, John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, William Cornysh, and John Nesbett.

Join us, and them, for this tuneful and serene concert of historical music at 8pm. No admission charge, but a freewill offering of £10.

Saturday 3rd at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
InChoir

Join us this afternoon for a lively concert from inChoir directed by Mark Heppell. inChoir is open to anybody and everybody who wants to sing, and now have over 1,100 members across 14 adult choirs in 12 locations. This free afternoon concert promises fun for everyone.

Sunday 4th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Organ Recital
Simon Leach
St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral
Edinburgh
Leighton Festival Fanfare
Franck Prière
J.S.Bach Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544
C.P.E.Bach Sonata in D major
Hakim Final (Hommage À Igor Stravinski)
 

Monday 5th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Norman MacKay and Claire Campbell
Norman Mackay and Claire Campbell are an accordion and fiddle duo from The Highlands, now based in Edinburgh. They will be performing a collection of new compositions from Norman’s forthcoming album, ‘The Inventor’, which will be released later this year.

Tuesday 6th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Norman MacKay and Claire Campbell
Norman and Claire return for a second concert at St Giles’ this August, performing new works for accordion and fiddle.

Wednesday 7th at 8pm
Celebrity Organ Recital
Gábor Szotyori-Nagy
Budapest
The Edinburgh Society of Organists
Herrick Bunney Memorial Recital
Liszt Introduction, Cantabile and Fugue Psalm XIII.  (Transcription I. Koloss)
Saint-Säens Hymne a Victor Hugo Op. 69 (Transcription A. Guilmant)
Istvan Koloss Réflexions
Liszt Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale“Ad nos ad salutarem undam”

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8, Students £5; accompanied children free) from St Giles’ Cathedral Shop (0131 226 0673), http://www.edfringe.com or at door.

 

Friday 9th at 8pm
St Giles’ Choir Fringe Concert
Choral Classics
Michael Harris – Master of the Music
Jordan English – Organ
St Giles’ Chamber Ensemble
Vivaldi Gloria
Handel Organ Concerto
Schubert Mass in G

Tickets £15 (Concessions £10, Students £5, accompanied children free) from St Giles’ Cathedral Shop (0131 226 0673), http://www.edfringe.com or at door.

 

Saturday 10th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Kong-Affonso Piano Duo
Tschong-Hie Kong and Alexis Affonso, who are no strangers to St. Giles’ Cathedral, formed the Kong-Affonso Piano Duo in 1981 whilst both studying at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. Since that initial spark, the duo have played a huge variety of both two piano as well as piano duet repertoire, encompassing some of the great works for these combinations. The official launch of this piano duo took place in 1983 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to a packed concert hall and enthusiastic audience. Since then further appearances have taken place in Europe, North America and the Far East, at both small and large venues. With a huge repertoire at their fingertips, this concert of romantic and classical repertoire is a beautiful afternoon interlude that will fit comfortably into your festival schedule.

Saturday 10th at 7.30pm
Evening Concert Series
Alexandria Harmonizers
The Alexandria Harmonizers is a renowned men’s a cappella chorus founded in 1948. Known for their powerful vocals and thrilling performances, the Harmonizers perform around the country and internationally, gripping audiences with their inspiring sound. They have won four international gold medals, the 2018 Greater D.C. Area Choral Excellence “Ovation” award for Best A Cappella Ensemble, and have been recognized by Broadway World as offering some of the “best choral singing” in the D.C. area. Explore the site and celebrate the unlimited power of the human voice. In this exciting concert, they will perform hits from Musicals across the decades, from Anything Goes, to Les Mis, and Wicked. Ticket information to follow.

Sunday 11th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Rudsambee
A programme comprised of all-female composers including Thea Musgrave, Abbie Betinis, Sheena Phillips, Clara Schumann, Isabella Leonarda, Judith Weir and Fanny Hensel

Tuesday 13th at 4pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Southwest Camerata present ‘East Meets West’
Southwest Camerata Youth String Ensemble are joined by guests from China for this exciting concert of classical favourites. With free entry, this late afternoon concert is suitable for all.

Wednesday 14th at 8pm
Organ Recital
Jordan English
Edinburgh
Georg Böhm Praeludium in C
Franz Tunder Christ lag in Todesbanden
Arvo Pärt Pari intervallo
Jean Guillou Toccata
George Baker Évocation I
César Franck Grande Pièce Symphonique

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8, Students £5; accompanied children free) from St Giles’ Cathedral Shop (0131 226 0673), http://www.edfringe.com or at door.

 

Thursday 15th at 4pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Southwest Camerata present ‘Family Classics’
Festival Strings, from Southwest Camerata are back with their enormously popular concert of Family Classics from Vivaldi to Disney. Be sure to catch them at this FREE Fringe concert and bring your little ones too!

Saturday 17th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
PipaRimba Duo present ‘Amazing Summer! Classical Fusion Hits’
Award-winning artists PipaRimba Duo is an innovative and masterful pipa/ marimba duo formed by two Belgium-Hong Kong based artists – Charmaine Wong (pipa) & Fiona Foo (marimba). The members of PipaRimba Duo are active as performers and educators by giving concerts, seminars and workshops. Their unique and splendid style of playing is characterized by a wide range of genres, with a creative vision of combining theatrical elements, dance, improvisation and their own arrangements; from classical to folkloric, from jazz to contemporary, western to Asian music. Duo PipaRimba is exploring the limits of the unique combination of the pipa and marimba and shows its huge performing variety to the audience. Ticket information to follow.

Sunday 18th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The Wordsworth Singers
Mark Hindley – Director
Darkness to Light
Ruth Watson-Henderson Song of Creation: Make Me a World
James MacMillan Alpha and Omega
Allan Bevan Singers to Come
Luke Byrne Four Tales from Grimms’

Monday 19th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Organ and Soprano Classics and Latin
Ann Liebeck opera and tango singer is accompanied by internationally renowned bandoneon player Julian Rowlands, composer and multi-instrumentalist.The performers have been working together over 6 years, on shows such as Violetta’s Last Tango, Tangos for Angels and Demons and with Tango Siempre, the UK’s premium tango group in venues such as Purcell Room , Southbankcentre, Wiltons Music Hall, Kings Place and Pizza Express Jazz Club.They perform tangos by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla and many other important composers of the Golden Age of Tango . They’re really excited to bring four concerts to St Giles’ Cathedral for this year’s Fringe Festival. In this concert Ann will be performing Bach, Couperin, Handel, Piazzolla, Cesar Franck accompanied by our internationally renowned Rieger Organ. If you can’t make it today, they’re repeating the concert on Wednesday 21st at the same time or see if you can make their concert of Latin Tangos on the 20th and 22nd.

Tuesday 20th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Violetta’s Last Tango – El Concierto
Ann Liebeck and Julian Rowlands will be performing Tangos from the Golden Age of Argentine Tango from the show Violetta’s Last Tango with Julian on bandoneon. If you can’t make it today, they’re repeating this concert on Thursday 22nd at the same time or see if you can make their concert of Organ and Soprano Classics tomorrow at 1.30pm.

Wednesday 21st at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Organ and Soprano Classics and Latin
In this concert Ann will be performing Bach, Couperin, Handel, Piazzolla, Cesar Franck accompanied by our internationally renowned Rieger Organ. Don’t miss this free concert!

Wednesday 21st at 8pm
Celebrity Organ Recital
Michael Harris
J.S.Bach Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582
MacMillan St Andrews Suite
Widor Symphony V

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8, Students £5; accompanied children free) from St Giles’ Cathedral Shop (0131 226 0673), http://www.edfringe.com or at door.

 

Thursday 22nd at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Violetta’s Last Tango – El Concierto
In this concert Ann and Julian will be performing Tangos from the Golden Age of Argentine Tango from the show Violetta’s Last Tango with Julian on bandoneon.

Friday 23rd at 9pm
Late Night Concert
‘All Because of Love’ – Seyed Ali Jaberi and Hamdel Ensemble
This Fringe, internationally acclaimed musician and composer, Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble will bring the poetry of Persia’s beloved mystic poet Rumi to life, through ‘All Because of Love’; a music production combining hauntingly beautiful Sufi music, dance and poetry. ‘All Because of Love’ presents a devotional Sufi setting of Rumi’s poetry, considered in the Middle East to be the ultimate expression of wisdom and love, with contemporary and traditional music compositions by Jaberi. The production is accompanied by a post-show discussion and a chance to find out more about Rumi’s spiritual philosophy and the Sufi music traditions of Persia. This national concert and festival tour is jointly presented by The Hamdel Ensemble and Community Arts North West in association with Band on the Wall. Ticket information to follow.

Saturday 24th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Gut Reaction
‘Gut Reaction’ are Susanne Lloyd-Jones and George Pain on Clasarch, Voice and Fiddle. In this free afternoon concert they’ll be presenting Sottish and Irish traditional music from slow airs to marches, and dance sets to songs. Susanne Lloyd-Jones studied music at Trinity College London and has spent her career in music education.  A pianist and singer, she took up the clarsach just four years ago and has a thriving teaching practice in the Highlands, as well as being in demand as a performer and adjudicator. She won the Hilda Mairi Chaimbeul Trophy for Gaelic Singing with the Clarsach at the 2018 Royal National Mod. George Pain spent his career in engineering but has sustained a life-long passion for traditional fiddle music.  He regularly attends rallies throughout Scotland and has directed the Thurso Stathspey & Reel Society for forty years.  He is always keen to encourage youngsters to play. We’re excited to welcome them to the beautiful surroundings of St Giles’ so pop along at 1.30pm for this free concert, and bring your friends and family too!

Sunday 25th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (Dublin)
Mark Hindley – Guest Conductor
Fergal Caulfield – Organ
Music for the Soul
Arvo Pärt Salve Regina
Tournemire Improvisation sur le Te Deum
Kodály Missa Brevis

Saturday 31st at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
San Diego Presbyterian Chorale
The 40-strong San Diego Presbyterian Chorale from California, USA, present choral works.