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  • Songlines and Southwell Posted on 01 September 2016

    August saw two particularly special engagements:

    Songlines was a city-wide event taking place on the middle Sunday of the International Festival inviting everyone to take part in a unique celebration of singing. It was inspired by the indigenous Australian ancestral tradition of passing on ancient sacred stories as large song cycles that preserve the living link between land and people. Choirs and soloists across the city performed near-identical repertoire the exact same time, meaning music including Mahler, Strauss, Handel, Vaughan Williams and Wagner was heard simultaneously across Edinburgh.

    A great album of pictures is available online here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edintfest/sets/72157671861474091

     

    The following week saw a trip to Southwell for the third annual Southwell Music Festival, curated by Marcus Farnsworth. A phenomenal and vibrant festival of chamber, orchestral, solo and vocal concerts covering Medieval to Modern and everything in between, the centrepiece of this year was Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Festival Sinfonia, Voices and soloists. A truly extraordinary concert, this was an utter joy to be part of; fantastic singing and playing, 35 voices creating a palette of sound that supported the fabulous singing of  David Butt Philip in the atmospheric and (both acoustically and visually) beautful Minster. 

    Reviews here: http://www.nottinghampost.com/southwell-music-festival-review-the-magic-was-in-the-detail/story-29664452-detail/whatson/story.html

    https://twitter.com/Southwell_Music

    Image Gallery of the festival here: http://www.southwellmusicfestival.com/gallery/

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