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A Musical Auld Alliance (Musica’ Vestys)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2011

Since Charlemagne, the Scots and the French have bonded over a mutual hatred of the English. We’re told this in a rough history lesson by the too-bashful Sophie Ramsey, who explains that the Alliance we are about to witness is similar, “but less violent”. Where else could one hear a Rabbie Burns song in gorgeously accented soprano juxtaposed with Clair de Lune? Or feel the smile on our faces as the whole room chimes in for a bilingual rendition of La Vie en Rose? Perfection was not far off, but more could have been done to appease the Francophiles in the audience, and one jazz-scat adaptation of a 17th century poem left us all more than a little ‘perdu’.

The Edinburgh Academy, 22 – 29 Aug, times vary, £6.00 – £8.00, fpp213.
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