Concert Diary January 2020


Sunday 5th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Organ Recital
Adam Wilson
St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Franck Choral in E
Sweelinck Puer nobis nascitur
Howells A Cradle Song
Karg-Elert Resonet in Laudibus; Adeste Fideles, Op 106
Moore Paean
Duruflé Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie, Op 13
J.S. Bach Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch BWV 769

Saturday 11th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
David Peroni
David Peroni has performed in the most important Italian music halls and festivals, in Europe, the USA, and Thailand. He has been praised by audiences and press for his deep musicality, style, and brilliant technique. He’s a laureate in more than twenty competitions, and today he present’s Chopin’s The Four Variations.

Sunday 12th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The St Giles’ Piano Trio
Lorna Young – Piano
Ian Laing – Violin
Mary MacLeod – Cello
Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 97 The Archduke
Bernstein Themes from West Side Story

Tuesday 14th at 5.30pm
‘History of Scottish Theology’ launch

This three-volume work comprises seventy-nine essays surveying the history of Scottish theology from the early middle ages to the late twentieth century. Written by an international team of scholars, the collection provides the most comprehensive review yet of the theological movements, figures and themes that have shaped Scottish culture. Attention is given to different church traditions, to the reception of Scottish theology in art, literature, stained glass and architecture, and to its dispersion through exile, migration and missionary activity.

Following a brief introduction from co-editors Mark Elliott (Glasgow) and David Fergusson (Edinburgh), a three-person panel will reflect on each of the three volumes – guest speakers are Professor Jane Dawson (Edinburgh), Professor Ewen Cameron (Edinburgh) and Professor Trevor Hart (St Andrews).  This will be followed by general discussion and a drinks reception. The event will conclude by 7pm. All are welcome – no booking is required.

Saturday 18th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Concert for solo guitar: Tribute to Italian Composers
Jacopo Lazzaretti from Rome, Italy, graduated from the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2017 where he studied with Arturo Tallini and completed a Master’s Degree in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2019 under the guidance of Matthew McAllister and Professor Allan Neave. He became an artist for ‘Live Music Now Scotland’ in January 2018.

Focussing on Italian composers from different periods – Giulio Regondi, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Carlo Domeniconi, this concert will take you on a journey that will explore some of the sonorities and atmospheres of 19th and 20th century through the virtuosism of the classical guitar.

Sunday 19th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Cantica Alba
Michael Harris – Director
From Christmas to Candelmas

Edinburgh-based vocal ensemble Cantica Alba present seasonal motets from the 16th century to the present day.

Thursday 23rd January– Saturday 1st February
Burns and Beyond
In celebration of Burns Night and Chinese New Year falling at the same time, come along to experience an installation of over 400 Chinese lanterns in St Giles’. Over the week and a half, a variety of daytime events, including concerts, workshops, and tours, will provide a unique experience under the canopy of lanterns. All daytime events FREE.

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Saturday 25th at 7pm
Burns and Beyond Culture Trail
Join us on a journey to explore Edinburgh’s Old & New Towns, moving from one venue to another during an evening of discovery featuring live music and performance from artists from across Scotland and beyond. Each venue presents a short show (approx. 30mins) repeated throughout the evening, featuring live performances and collaborations, allowing you to experience a feast of entertainment all in one night!

St Giles’ is a must-see venue on the Culture Trail, where a canopy of over 400 Chinese lanterns will transform the Edinburgh landmark in celebration of Burns Night and Chinese New Year both falling on Sat 25 Jan. With full illumination of the lanterns, cathedral architecture and soundtrack, this is a sensory experience not-to-be missed.

Culture Trail tickets are priced £25.00 (Inc. booking fee) and allow participants to explore all eight venues throughout the night.

Sunday 26th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The Edinburgh Kevock Choir
Graham Lovett – Director
Arr. Emerson Elijah Rock!
Arr. Rutter All things bright and beautiful
Arr. Johnston Pie Jesu
Arr. Goodall Love divine
Arr. Maunder Border Ballad
Arr. Mulholland Red, Red Rose
Arr. MacDonald God of Glory
Arr. Chilcott Yesterday
Arr. Shaw Let the river run