Monday, 16 February 2015

Choirs of Heriot-Watt in St Giles Cathedral

Every year the choirs and orchestra of Heriot-Watt University perform in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh as part of the St Giles at Six series. Last night it was the turn of the choirs. I sat by the organ, away from the crowd, and made a sketch. Next Sunday the orchestra will be performing Beethoven's Symphony no. 3, Eroica, 6-7pm, admission free.

spot the choir. pencil & pen in sketchbook, 21x29cm

The programme:

Great British Choral Music
Chorale Excelsior
Jackson – O thou that art the light
Mealor - Urbs caritas
Britten – Hymn to the Virgin

Excelsior per cantum
British Folk Songs:
Yarmouth Fair- Norfolk
My sweetheart is like Venus – Welsh
Danny Boy – Irish
Afton Water – Scottish
The Keel Row – Tyneside

Chorale Excelsior
Tavener – The Lamb
Chilcot - Marriage to my Lady Poverty

Previous St Giles sketches:

And Rosslyn Chapel:

The chamber choir, Excelsior per cantum, also performs yearly in Rosslyn Chapel. Sketches here:

Heriot-Watt is extremely musically active under the direction of Steve King (Steve also plays viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra).

Heriot-Watt choir and orchestra are both open to students, staff and the local community. Concerts are open to all. Full info here.

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