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Sacred Arts Festival Music At Canongate Kirk (Alexander Macnamee, Carlo Massimo, Viktor Seifert And Lucy Whiteside)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

Innovative, challenging and young (Lucy Whiteside is still at school) Edinburgh-based composers with a handful of local singers – not that you would have realised that from the professional standard of the writing and performance. Of particular note was Viktor Seifert’s ‘O Soul Mender’ based on Psalm 41 that included spine-tingling atonality, spoken word and singers hissing! Carlo Massimo’s triumphant setting for organ and voice of ‘And I Saw A New Heaven’ from Revelations was an arresting fanfare, dramatically written with solo voice alternating rather than competing with the instrument. By contrast Calum Robertson wrote ‘Missa Lucerna Oleum’, a modern, folk-like mass setting that could be sung well by a congregation rather than trained singers. An enjoyable, interesting afternoon of new sacred music.

Canongate Kirk, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]