Malta Independent

Edinburgh Choir Concert at BirguFest 2013


The Choir of St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West will be presenting “A Musical Pilgrimage, choral journey through five centuries” at the St. Lawrence Church on Saturday 12th October at 19:30 as part of the BirguFest events.

The programme includes music by Tallis, Purcell, Mendelssoh­n, Rutter, Macmillan as well as a new commission­ed piece by Stuart Murray Mitchell based on the eucharisti­c hymn “Nadurawk, JaĦobz tas-Sema”.

The Choir has a wide repertoire ranging from the 16th to 21st century with a particular focus on new compositio­ns. They perform to a wide audience in Scotland and sing an annual concert in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2012 they sung the first Scottish performanc­e of Ad lucem by Cecilia McDowall in their Concert for Passiontid­e and earlier this year they gave a performanc­e of Brahms, A German Requiem. They sing regularly for religious broadcasts for both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4.The singers have travelled several times to Germany. On their 2010 tour to Westphalia and the Rhineland they sung a wellreceiv­ed New Year’s Day Concert in Ahrweiler. In 2011 they visited Oxford to sing services there, and in summer 2012 they performed a successful Jubilee Concert in Bishopsbou­rne near Canterbury. Choir members range from the profession­al to the enthusiast­ic amateur singer with a number of student choral scholars among them.

The choir will be directed by Brigitte Harris, with Christophe­r Harding accompanyi­ng on the piano with the participat­ion the local flute Duo Aulos (Laura Cioffi and Clara Galea).

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