Concert Diary March 2020


Sunday 1st at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
Organ Recital
Johannes Skudlik
J.S. Bach Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV 564
Franck Prélude, Fugue et Variation
Cochereau Scherzo symphonique
Lizst arr. Guillou Fantasia and Fugue on BACH

Wednesday 4th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Double, Double Toil and Trouble
Throughout the ages, music and magic have been intrinsically linked. In this programme Palisander explore music’s historic relationship with the wider magical spectrum: including elements of mathematics, philosophy, nature, religion and the occult. The repertoire varies from traditional folk songs to authentically presented renaissance consort music and exciting new arrangements created by Palisander of composers rarely heard on the recorder, such as Berlioz and Tartini. Woven together by readings from historical sources, Palisander’s imaginative staging and presentation combined with atmospheric employment of extended techniques creates as magical experience for the audience! Palisander prides itself in presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire, performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall.

Wednesday 4th at 6pm
‘Saying Yes to Life’ – Ruth Valerio
Saying Yes to Life is The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020, and aims to lift our focus from every day (and perfectly natural) concerns, to issues that are impacting millions of lives around the world. Ruth Valerio draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1 – 2.2) in relating themes of light, water, land, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. Foundational to the book are what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus during Lent. This evening, Ruth, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, discusses her most recent work, featuring a talk and Q&A session, followed by a book signing.

Thursday 5th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Bellarmine Oratorio Society
Bellarmine Oratorio Choir is a 60-member choral ensemble designed to present major works with orchestra, as well as a cappella works. Membership consists of faculty, staff, students, and community members, who gain entrance through a simple audition. Directed by Dr. Timothy Glasscock, they welcome you to this free afternoon concert.

Friday 6th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Cristian Monti
Italian PIanist Cristian Monti returns for a second time in the past year to perform an exciting and varied repertoire of piano music. Don’t miss this free concert.

Sunday 8th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The Scottish Chamber Choir
Iain McLarty – Director
A programme of music by women composers to celebrate International Women’s Day: choral works by Leonara D’Este, Lili Boulanger, Judith Bingham, Kerry Andrew and Roanna Panufnik.

Wednesday 11th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Edinburgh Napier Music students
Edinburgh Napier music students perform select works.

Sunday 15th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
George Heriot’s School Chamber Choir
Judith Buttars – Director
Vierne Messe Solennelle Op. 16
Fauré Requiem in D minor Op. 48

Wednesday 18th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Grace Church School Choir
Hailing from New York, Grace Church School Choir present an afternoon concert of choral classics.

Wednesday 18th at 7.30pm
Edinburgh Napier Chamber Choir
Michael Harris – Director
Schubert Mass in G and motets, and Mendelssohn, and Bruckner.

Admission by programme, £7 (concession £5) available at the door.


Friday 20th at 7.30pm
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight
London Concertante return for their ever-popular candlelit concert here at St Giles’.
Tickets £19/£26/£32

Sunday 22nd at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The Piano Sonatas of Sir Arnold Bax
Robert Fleming – Piano
Scottish pianist Robert Fleming performs two of Bax’s Piano Sonatas, No. 2 in G major (1920), and No. 3 in G sharp minor (1926).

Wednesday 25th at 1.30pm
Afternoon Concert Series
Edinburgh Napier Music students
Edinburgh Napier music students perform select works.

Sunday 29th at 6pm
St Giles’ at Six
The Edinburgh Competition Festival
To celebrate the centenary of the Edinburgh Competition Festival, the concert features the winners of the 2020 Festival Recital classes.