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Rachmaninov Vespers (Rock Festival Choir)

By | Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

This show is why the Fringe started: an ambitious amateur choir performing in a city centre venue at the same time as the greatest musicians in the world hold court at the EIF, and sharing the same audiences. The Rachmaninov Vespers can be daunting to perform but this chamber choir, from a small Northumbrian town, tackled it with a palpable enthusiasm that communicated well to the audience. The dynamics were sensitively observed and there was plenty of light and shade; when all the voices sang together it was both bright and sonorous, an impressively joyful sound. Finally I would like to single out tenor Nicholas Brown for his solos and also the basses for underpinning this lovely unaccompanied music.

Greyfriars Kirk and Canongate Kirk, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Rodgers]