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Festival Lunchtime Recital - Kirsten Cairns and Matthew Brown
Festival Lunchtime Recital - Kirsten Cairns and Matthew Brown

Tue, 15 Aug


St Mary's Cathedral

Festival Lunchtime Recital - Kirsten Cairns and Matthew Brown

A free lunchtime recital series running throughout August at St Mary's. Today's is given by Kirsten Cairns (soprano) and Matthew Brown (piano).

Time & Location

15 Aug 2023, 13:00 – 13:45

St Mary's Cathedral , Palmerston Pl, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, UK


Free lunchtime recitals every day from 1st to 31st August, except Sundays and 16th. An opportunity to hear emerging and established artists performing in a wide variety of styles, genres, and instruments.  This long-running series is undoubtedly one of the hidden gems of the Fringe.

Soprano and piano | Kirsten Cairns and Matthew Brown

Songs of the British Isles

Traditional songs from around Britain; well-known favourites, some lesser-known songs, and some beautiful, classical arrangements.

Soprano Kirsten Z Cairns studied Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and New England Conservatory, Boston. Trained in both operatic and concert repertoire, as a performer with Scotland’s ‘Music in Hospitals and Care’, Kirsten regularly sings pieces ranging from folk songs through musical theatre to operatic arias!

In her work as a stage director, Kirsten has created shows for companies and universities in the UK and the USA; she also runs her own company, Enigma Chamber Opera. You can see one of their shows at - guaranteed to make you laugh! Find out more by emailing

Matthew Brown is a pianist, composer, and musical director based in Larbert, Scotland. He has worked for ‘Music in Hospitals and Care’ since 1999, and as musical director for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Queen Margaret University, Nonsense Room Productions, Edinburgh Music Theatre, Edinburgh Grand Opera, and the Strathcarron Singers. He has recently been appointed Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University.

Matthew’s music has been widely performed across the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. This year, he is musical director and arranger for the new production of ‘Lena’, which you can catch at the George Square Theatre throughout the Fringe.

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