St Andrews Voices

St Andrews Voices is Scotland's only festival of vocal and choral music. This year's festival is taking place from 25th-28th October in the magnificent setting of St Andrews on the Fife coast.

St Andrews Voices

About St Andrews Voices

25th Oct 2018 to 28th Oct 2018
Various - see event website for full programme
St Andrews
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Set in the beautiful town of St Andrews, each October we present a varied programme of events showcasing the versatility and beauty of the human voice in an amazingly broad spectrum of genres including opera, cabaret, lieder, folk, spoken word, choral, a cappella, early music, new music and more…

The festival runs during the day and night and includes family concerts, opportunities to sing-a-long and get involved, as well as free events to enjoy while relaxing with a drink. Come along and discover something new!

SHINE – Science Meets Opera, October 25, 2018, 5.30pm, Byre Theatre
Byre Opera takes you on a journey back to the 18th century when Issac Newton
was at the height of his scientific powers and opera was the pinnacle of artistic expression. Discover how Newton’s theories of light and colour play out in English baroque composer John Eccles’ opera ‘The Judgement of Paris’ (1701), and how this assists modern-day astronomical discovery. A unique, synesthetic performance, in which a state-of-the-art light installation illuminates the musical content of the opera.
​Admission: Free ticketed event – contact the Byre Theatre for details

Student Song Concert, October 26, 2018, 1.10pm, Younger Hall
The University of St Andrews Music Society present a programme of Music Theatre and Classical repertoire sung by vocal students and scholarship holders.
Approx. running time: 35 mins
Admission: Free, retiring collection in aid of the charity Music in Hospitals

Masterclass with Jamie MacDougall & Derek Clark, October 26, 3pm, Younger Hall
The voice of classical music broadcasting in Scotland, tenor Jamie MacDougall, and Scottish Opera’s Head of Music, Derek Clark, guide aspiring young singers from across Scotland through a variety of repertoire in this public masterclass.
Approx. running time: 140 mins (audience can drop in and out).
Admission: free

Tenebrae – We Will Remember Them, October 26, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church
One of the world’s greatest chamber choirs, Tenebrae make their debut in St Andrews with an evocative programme of music to mark the anniversary of the Great War. In addition to Howells’ ‘Take him Earth for Cherishing’ written in memory of JFK, and John Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’, forever associated with the funeral of Princess Diana, Tenebrae will also perform the Scottish premiere of Torsten Rasch's 'A Foreign Field Psalm’ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Songs of Farewell’ by Hubert Parry. An unmissable occasion.
Approx. running time: 120 mins
Admission: £24 full price, £20 concession, £5 students and under 26

Late-night jazz with Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion, October 26, 10pm, The Adamson Bar
Grab a drink and take in the delightful sounds of jazz vocalist Zoe Gilby and duo partner, double bassist Andy Champion, with classics from Joni Mitchell, Shelia Jordan, Kate Bush and Pink Floyd, alongside their own compositions.
Approx. running time: 60 mins
Admission: Free

Sing-along – Beauty and the Beast, October 27, 10am and 12.30pm, Byre Theatre Studio
Back by popular demand, this year’s sing-along film is Disney’s much-loved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (original 1991 version). Don’t miss the live warm up with members of the University’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society. All ages welcome.
Approx. running time: 90 mins
Admission: £6 (£19 Family Ticket - 2 adults & 2 children, £3 for any additional children)

Come & Sing Workshop with Nigel Short, October 27, 10am, Younger Hall
Your opportunity to sing under Tenebrae founder/director Nigel Short! Open to all keen amateur choral singers, this workshop will feature Parry’s ‘My Soul There is a Country’ from the ‘Songs of Farewell’ and Bob Chilcott’s ‘Marriage to My Lady Poverty.’
Approx. running time: 120 mins
Admission: £10, free for students and under 26 (but ticket required)

Tenebrae Schools’ Project, October 27, 11.30am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm, V&A Dundee
Following two months of singing coaching, schools from Dundee and Fife present an informal sharing of their work with Tenebrae Associate Artists as part of a joint project with St Andrews Voices and the new V&A Dundee.
Admission: Free

Kathryn Tickell’s ‘Tales and Tunes’ with special guest Adam Holmes, October 27, 7.30pm, Younger Hall
A unique evening of songs, stories and irrepressible music with folk star and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and friends. Inspired by the landscape, language and history of the north of England, Kathryn and fellow Northumbrians author David Almond and accordionist / clog dancer Amy Thatcher, present a beguiling picture of their home. They are joined by one of Scotland’s hottest young folk singers, Adam Holmes, to add his own Scottish heritage to the mix.
Sponsored by St Andrews Brewing Co.
Approx. running time: 120 mins
Admission: £18 full price, £14 concession, £5 students and under 26
All tickets include a free half-pint of beer!

Open Mic Folk Night, October 27, 10pm, St Andrews Brewing Co. Pub
Sample the area’s finest music and beer in this open mic folk music session. Join in or simply soak up the atmosphere.
Approx. running time: 60 mins
Admission: Free

Festival Service, October 28, 11am, St Salvator’s Chapel
The University of St Andrews’ renowned choir of St Salvator’s Chapel will sing excerpts from Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G in a service led by University chaplain, the Revd. Dr Donald MacEwan with guest preacher Revd. Canon Chris Chivers.
Approx. running time: 75 mins
Admission: Free

Book Reading with David Almond, October 28, 1pm, St Katherines Hall, St Leonards Junior School
Best-selling author David Almond reads from a selection of books, including his world-famous children’s novel Skellig, and his latest work The Dam – a picturebook inspired by musician Kathryn Tickell’s childhood. All ages welcome.
Approx. running time: 60 mins
Admission: Free ticketed event

Lauder, October 28, 2.30pm, Byre Theatre
Popular Scottish tenor and BBC broadcaster Jamie MacDougall fulfils a lifetime ambition to recreate Jimmy Logan’s acclaimed ‘play with tunes’ celebrating the life of Sir Harry Lauder. Paying his own tribute to the Scottish music hall legend who entertained audiences across the globe, MacDougall includes songs such as the ever-popular ‘I love a lassie’ and ‘Roamin’ in the Gloamin’, as well as stories of Sir Harry’s rags-to-riches life. Warm and affectionate, ‘Lauder’ is a fitting tribute to one of Scotland’s biggest stars.
Approx. running time: 120 mins
Admission: £14, £5 students and under 26

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for St Andrews Voices are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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