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Lunchtime Recital: Rock Festival Choir
Lunchtime Recital: Rock Festival Choir

Fri, 23 Aug


St Mary's Cathedral

Lunchtime Recital: Rock Festival Choir

A long-running and popular series of lunchtime recitals in one of Edinburgh's most beautiful concert spaces. Today, Rock Festival Choir perform popular choral music.

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23 Aug 2024, 13:00 – 13:50

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


This long-running and very popular series of lunchtime recitals features a wide variety of performers, playing and singing in one of Edinburgh's most beautiful concert spaces. These concerts are free by donation, and a perfect way to spend a lunchtime during the busy festival!


Ecce Sacerdos Magnus........ A. Bruckner (1824-1896)

O Radiant Dawn.. J. McMillan (b. 1959)

The Ground.......... O. Gjeilo (b. 1978)

Polaris . P. Bamling (b. 1954)

Bogoroditsye Dyevo............. S. Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes...... P. Brown (b. 1959)

O Frondens Virga................. M. Watchorn (b. 1960)

Crucifixus....... A. Lotti (1667-1740)

The Road Home....... S. Paulus (1949-2014)

Lay a Garland........ R. Pearsall (1795-1856)

Remember......... P. Hignett (b. 1943)

Ave Maria C. Camm (b. 1964)

Beati Quorum Via.............. C.V. Stanford (1852-1924)

Hail Gladdening Light.......... C. Wood (1866-1926)


Rock Festival Choir is Alnwick’s renowned chamber choir, directed by Peter Brown. The choir was formed in 2004 to celebrate the restoration of the organ in the ancient church of St Phillip and St James, in the Northumbrian village of Rock, and has continued to develop its repertoire over the last 20 years. The choir usually sings unaccompanied and performs a very wide range of music, both sacred and secular, from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

Rock Festival Choir has established an excellent reputation, winning praise for its rich and beautiful sound and its engaging performances of an immense range of musical repertoire, from Tudor anthems and Rachmaninov’s Vespers to Cole Porter. In 2018, 2019 and 2023 the Choir performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, giving concerts at the iconic Greyfriars Kirk, Canongate Kirk, and Palmerston Place Kirk, which were warmly received and highly commended by their audiences.

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