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Three To See 2019: Three Choral Music Shows

By | Published on Friday 12 July 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three shows featuring choral sounds.

Cantica Alba – Nature’s Glory | St Andrew’s and St George’s West | 25 Aug
My daughter is a chorister these days (I didn’t see that coming, I was used to hearing her sing songs by Little Mix) and as a result I am increasingly addicted to choral music. I mean, I liked it before, but now I more proactively seek it out. So, that being the case, I want some choral music from the old edfringe. And there’s loads of it, so don’t just rely on my recommendations. Do go to this though, because it’s the excellent Edinburgh-based Cantica Alba, who’ll be performing a programme of madrigals and partsongs exploring the world of nature in music, including works by Gibbons, Vautor, Delius, Britten and Bob Chilcott. Listing here.

A Cappella Around The World | theSpace on North Bridge | 2-10 Aug (pictured)
Some of the sounds you’ll come across at this show by Canadian vocal duo Freeplay might contrast a little with the sounds of Cantica Alba, because judging by the listing info, and indeed the name of the show, they’ll be performing a rather diverse programme. Expect New York jazz, UK pop, European classical, Indian ragas and Brazilian samba delivered via the medium of voices and innovative live looping techniques. Listing here.

Orchestre De Paris 2 – Britten’s War Requiem | Usher Hall | 24 Aug
A natural place to go looking for classical music is the Edinburgh International Festival, so that’s exactly where I went and, not surprisingly, turned up a number of performances that fit in this chorally-themed set of recommendations. Which one should I choose? No contest, actually, I would most love to get along to this performance of Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by Daniel Harding and featuring the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, NYCOS National Girls Choir and soloists Emma Bell, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch. Listing here.