Past concerts

 
"I have loved flowers that fade..."

Programme inspired by the Seven Poems of Robert Bridges (set for choir by Gerald Finzi, his Op 17) the second poem being "I have loved flowers that fade..."  Herbert Howells (1892 - 1983): Requiem in 1932 , published in 1980. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Hymn to St Cecilia (Op 27). Paweł Łukaszewski (b1968): Ave Maria (1992)   Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) Totus Tuus (Op. 60) Our choral music complemented by readings from acclaimed Scottish actor Richard Conlon.

St Patrick's, Cowgate, Edinburgh on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 7.30pm.

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Our 11th successive year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; an atmospheric late-night, candlelit performance of Gabriel Faure's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra, for the first time in the lush acoustics of St Patrick’s (an 18th century gem). Soprano Gillian Robertson, Baritone Sean Webster. Saturdays 12th /19th August at 22:00. 

A Summer's Voyage

On Saturday, 17 June 2017 in St Patrick's Church in the Cowgate, Edinburgh. Our programme comprised of the following pieces :

Edward Elgar Two Choral Songs, Op. 71, (The Shower and The Fountain). Op. 72 (Death on the Hills) and Two Choral Songs, Op. 73 (Loves Tempest and Seranade), As Torrents in Summer (from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op.30)   

Antonín Dvořák  Four Choruses (1841 -1904), Op. 29, 

Claude Debussy Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans (L.92),  

Maurice Ravel Trois Chansons (M.69),  

Percy Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry,

Mátyás Seiber 3 Hungarian Folk Songs.


Rachmaninov Vespers (in St Andrews)

At St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St Andrews, Fife, on Saturday 11 February 2017 we  reprised the first 10 movements from the Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (Op 37). Our programme also included the 3 Stanford Motets (Op 38), and Bruckner motets; Ave Maria and Locus iste. The Mezzo-Soprano Debora Ruiz-Kordova joined us to sing the solo passage in the Rachmaninov.

The Spirit of Christmas

On Saturday 17th December 2016 at 7:30pm we returned once again to the wonderful surroundings of Canongate Kirk with a trip around the world with music and words to entertain. The enduring themes of goodwill, peace and happiness, laughter and song (with the odd wassail thrown in) encapsulated The Spirit of Christmas. The highlight of the evening was Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) by Ola Gjeilo - with Lucy Smirthwaite playing 'Cello.   Simon Nieminski played organ.

Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday 14th December in the Burns Room at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood we enjoyed performing carols for the centenary celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland hosted by Andy Wightman MSP.

Rachmaninov Vespers

On Saturday 12th November; the vespers (as they are popularly, yet inaccurately known) the piece consists of settings of texts taken from the All-night vigil ceremony and stands as one of the finest choral works of our time, performed in the hauntingly beautiful setting of Old Saint Paul's. An atmospheric, candlelit experience, with plenty of incense. Programme was complemented with improvised interludes at the organ from John Riley a leading exponent of the art of improvisation. The Mezzo-Soprano Debora Ruiz-Kordova joined us to sing the solo passages.  The piece consists of settings of texts taken from the All-night vigil ceremony.

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

10th year, with nine sell-out years, an atmospheric late-night performances of Gabriel Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra, in the hauntingly beautiful setting of Old Saint Paul's.  Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th August at 10:00pm  The Pie jesu sung by Gillian Robertson at both concerts. The baritone solos on 13th August by Mark Wood and on 20th August by Sean Webster. Encore pieces: La Nuit (Jean-Philippe Rameau) and Notre Père (Maurice Duruflé)

Michael Haydn Requiem, Joseph Haydn Te Deum, Mozart Ch'io scordi di te

On Saturday 25 June in Old St Paul's Church, Jeffrey St, Edinburgh. The programme (with orchestra) featured the Missa pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismondo (or as it is more generally known the Missa pro Defunctis)The concert also featured Joseph Haydn's Te Deum (Hob. XXIIIc:2) a work written for the Empress Marie Therese, to a commission from the court of Vienna.  Our solists in the Requiem were  Gillian Robertson (Soprano), Debora Ruiz Kordova (Mezzo), Stuart Murray Mitchell (Tenor) and Hugh Hillyard-Parker (Bass).  Gillian will be sang the Mozart Concert Aria : Ch'io mi scordi di te? (K.505) with orchestra and the solo piano part played by Graham Burnside.
Ubi Caritas

A lush programme of motets and a cappella pieces in aid of St Patrick's Runciman mural/painting restoration project. On Saturday 2 April 2016 at 7:30pm in St Patrick's Church in the Cowgate, Edinburgh. Settings by Duruflé, Paul Mealor and Ola Gjeilo. The programme included the other Duruflé motets based on Gregorian themes, the sumptuous motets of C V Stanford and music from the Renaissance by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Ludovico da Viadana and William Byrd. Concert reprised  on  tour to Belfast. On Friday 8 April at 7:30 in St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Donegall Pass and at Clonard Monastery, Clonard Gardens at 4;30 on Saturday 9 April.




Tidings of Comfort and joy

Our annual Christmas extravaganza featured the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols. We were delighted that Roderick Bryce (on holiday from Canada) was free to re-join us to sing the baritone solo, Morley Whitehead was at the piano (and organ) and the cello solo in the Vaughan Williams was played by Lucy Smirthwaite. The remainder of the music (and the seasonal readings) were our usual mix of the eclectic and the familiar concluding with the wonderfully self-indulgently paced Adeste Fideles! Saturday 19 December 2015 at 7:30 in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.


Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

With piano (played by Morley Whitehead) and harmonium (played by Simon Nieminski) an unusual treat for the listener. A stellar line-up of soloists: Gillian Robertson (Soprano), Debora Ruiz Kordova (Mezzo), Stuart Murray Mitchell (Tenor) and Hugh Hillyard-Parker (Bass). Saturday 7 November at 7:30pm in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.



Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Another two performances (late night, sell-out) of Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Saturday 15 and 22 August 2014 at 10:00pm in Old St Paul's. Soloists Sam Carl (Baritone) and Gillian Robertson (Soprano).

Mozart, Hummel & Bach

On Saturday 20 June 2015 at 7:30pm in Old St Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh our summer concert featured the barn-storming Exsultate, jubilate (K165), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, solo motet in three movements (written in 1773) including the ever-popular Alleluia. We were delighted to have soprano Gillian Robertson returning to sing for us. We also performed the Mass in Bb (Op 77) by Johann Nepomuk Hummel with intimate lyricism and moments of surprising dramatic intensity; this continued our tradition of performing the masses of the Viennese School We also included the motet Jesu, meine Freude (BWV227) by Johann Sebastian Bach.


Miserere

On Saturday 21 March 2015 at 7:30pm in the gorgeous surroundings of the Chapel at St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy in the heart of the University of Edinburgh's George Square. A contemplative programme featuring music for Lent and Passiontide from Rome, Iberia and Austria, with a particular highlights being Gregorio Allegri's famous "Miserere" and pieces by Tomás Luis de Victoria and the Crucifixus in 8 parts by Antonio Lotti. Concert free to attend, however performed to raise funds for the Dominican Sisters of Iraq.

A Choir's Christmas

On Saturday 20 December 2014 at 7:30pm in Canongate Kirk we performed a programme of Christmas music and readings.

In a new departure, we asked the choir and our supporters to choose the programme in advance. With the final cut being made by our musical director, this resulted in a varied and lush programme, featuring well-known festive classics such as "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "O Holy Night", and the sumptuous harmonies of Tchaikovsky's "The Crown of Roses" and Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo". In keeping with the interactive theme, we invited our audience to vote for a carol on the night,; they chose "Hark the Herald Angels" which e then performed during the concert.



Dvo
řák & Rheinberger

On Saturday 8 November 2014 at 7:30pm in Old St Paul's we performed a selection of pieces accompanied by the Edinburgh City Organist, Dr. John Kitchen. Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904): Mass in D Major, Op. 86 (in original version for choir and organ), a work more lyrical and prayerful than dramatic. Josef Rheinberger (1839 - 1901): Stabat Mater in G minor, Op. 35 (in version for organ), an entirely devotional work, which by its very restraint conveys an expression of the utmost reverence. A trio of pieces by the little known Louis Niedermeyer (1802-1861) remembered chiefly today for his work at the École Niedermeyer where Gabriel Fauré and André Messager studied.

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Another two performances (late night, sell-out) of Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Saturday 9 and 16 August 2014 at 10:00pm in Old St Paul's. Soloists Sam Carl (Baritone) and Gillian Robertson (Soprano). The performance on Saturday 9 August received a 5* review!


Michael Haydn: Missa sub titulo Sanctae Theresiae (MH797)


On Saturday 21 June 2014 saw the St Andrew Camerata return to Canongate Kirk to perform the Missa sub titulo Sanctae Theresiae by Michael Haydn (brother of Joseph Haydn whose Theresienmesse featured in the 2013 programme) The concert also featured Vivaldi's popular Gloria and a rarity; Sammartini's Magnificat in B flat. Soloists were Gillian Roberson (Soprano), Marcia McDougall (Alto, Scott Barron (Tenor) and Dale McIntyre (Bass).



Sacred Music for the Chapel Royal


On Saturday 25th January 2014 the St Andrew Camerata gave a concert of sacred music in the beautiful setting of the Chapel Royal, Falkland. Between 1501 and 1541 Kings James IV and James V of Scotland transformed the old castle into a beautiful royal palace: with Stirling Castle it was one of only two Renaissance palaces in Scotland.


Christmas Ancient & Modern

The theme for the 2013 Christmas concert was 'Christmas Ancient and Modern'. We explored interesting festive repertoire through the ages, featuring a mix of well-loved classics and some novelties; notably Jolly Old St Nicholas, The Carol of the Bell and White Christmas arranged by Graham Burnside, interspersed with readings to match. Canongate KirkSaturday 21st December at 7:30pm.

S. Messa Capitolare - Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano

On Sunday 20 October at 10:30 we were guests of the Cappella Guilia singing at the Chapter Mass in the Basilica of St Peter's. Our programme included, before Mass, Bruckner (Locus Iste) and Palestrina (Sicut Cervus). For the entrance procession we sang, Alleluia I heard a Voice (Thomas Weelkes), the mass, sung in en alterance with the Cappella Guilia, was Missa XI (Orbis Factor) and Credo I. At the gospel acclamation we sang the Alleluia by Gabrieli, at the offertory, Exultate iusti in Domino (Viadana), at communion Ave Verum (Byrd). We concluded by singing the Exultate Deo by Alessandro Scarlatti.


Chiesa della Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, Roma
 
On Friday 18 October 2013 at 6:30 we participated in the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter by sing a concert of sacred music in their Rome church, SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini. The programme included polyphony by Victoria, Palestrina, Viadana, Scarlatti and Byrd. We also performed the Stanford Motets (Op 38), Bruckner motets (Locus Iste and Christus factus est). We also performed a composition by our director Vincent Wallace; his Adoremus te Christe, originally penned for the choir of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh.


Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Two performances (late night, sell-out) of Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine. Performed in a magical candle-lit Old St Paul's Church on Saturdays 10th and 17th August 2013, at 10pm. Soloists for 2013 were baritone and Scottish Opera's rising star Andy McTaggart with soprano Gillian Robertson.




Haydn: Theresienmesse

On Saturday 22nd June, with a programme of Albrechtsberger's rarely-performed Te Deum in D, followed by the Haydn Theresienmesse (Missa in B-flat, Hob.XXII:12), with orchestra and soloists Gillian Robertson (soprano), Carole Clarke (alto), Andrew Bennett (tenor), Sam Carl (bass).


 An Eastern European Christmas


In a continuation of "geographical" Christmas themes on Saturday, 15 December 2012 in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh at 7:30, a celebration of Eastern European Christmas music with readings. Programme including works by Polish Baroque composer Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (ca. 1665 to 1667 – 1734) and memorably the Polish carol Bóg zawitał telling of the great joy at the birth of Jesus, with tenors and basses as trumpets and sopranos and altos as violins! As has become our tradition the concert included two arrangements by bass of the choir Graham Burnside and the evening was rounded off as ever by the singing of Adeste Fiddles.




Brahms, Schubert and Bruckner

A concert of Brahms, Schubert & Bruckner performed on Saturday, 10 November 2012 at 7:30. The concert, in St Patrick's, in aid of the restoration appeal for St Patrick's Church. The programme included, Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes for vocal quartet & piano, 4 hands, Schubert: Mirjams Siegesgesang, D942 (Soprano solo: Gillian Susan Robertson), the Kleine Hochzeits-Kantate (the little wedding cantata), (WoO 16) by Brahms, Salve Regina (D386) by Schubert and the Bruckner Motets: Locus Iste, Virga Jesse and Christus factus est.

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Another sell-out performance by candlelight of Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra. Saturday 11th August 2012, 10.00pm / Saturday 18th August 2011, 10.00pm Old Saint Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh.

A Celtic Christmas


Continuing our "themed" Christmas concerts; drawing our inspiration from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Programme included a new work from the young, Edinburgh based, composer Lewis Forbes "On the Nativity of Christ". Lewis displays a strong affinity with Scots traditional music and literature in his writing. The evening was accompanied by Clàrsach and Organ interspersed by readings from Gordon Duncan and Graham Burnside. Saturday 17th December 2011, 7.30pm, Canongate Kirk.


 Haydn: Nelson Mass & Te Deum
Handel: Zadok the Priest


Haydn's Missa in Angustiis, better known as the 'Nelson Mass', plus the Te Deum of the same composer and Handel's ever-popular Zadok the Priest. In aid of St Patrick's restoration project. Soprano: Judith Gardner Jones, Mezzo: Marcia McDougall, Tenor: Joe Doodey, Bass: David Hall. Saturday 5 November 2011, St Patrick's, Cowgate, Edinburgh, 7.30pm

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight

Another sell-out performance by candlelight of Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra. Saturday 13th August 2010, 10.00pm / Saturday 20th August 2011, 10.00pm Old Saint Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh


 
Zoltán Kodály
Missa Brevis

Programme also including his Hymn to King Stephen and Stanford Motets, Saturday 25 June 2011, Old St Paul's, Edinburgh, 7.30pm.



Frohe Weihnacht!


A celebration of a German Christmas with readings. Saturday 18th December 2010, 7.30pm Old Saint Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight


Fifth Sell-out year! An atmospheric late-night performance by candlelight of Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra. Saturday 14th August 2010, 10.00pm, Saturday 21st August 2010, 10.00pm Old Saint Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh

First Mass of Fr. Simon Harkins


- who sang with the choir over a long period. Repertoire is as on Saturday 29th May plus selected other liturgical pieces. Mass celebrated at St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral Saturday 5th June 2010.





 Haydn: Paukenmesse & Haydn Te Deum, Garcia: Ecce Sacerdos


The St Andrew Camerata are presenting a concert featuring music from the Classical period on May 29th 2010 in Old Saint Paul's, including a little-known motet by Sussmayr (1766 - 1803); and more uniquely, two pieces by Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767 - 1830). Nunes Garcia, an Afro-Brazilian composer, was heavily influenced by Haydn.



Wassail! A British Christmas

British carols and festive readings featuring Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols Saturday 19th December 2009, 7.30pm Old Saint Paul's Church.



 
Mozart Requiem & Misericordia Deus


A fund raising performance for the St Patrick’s restoration fund Saturday 6th November 2009, 7.30pm St Patrick’s Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh.

Fauré Requiem by Candlelight


Another sell-out year! An atmospheric late-night performance by candlelight of Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra. Saturday 8th August 2009, 10.00pm / Friday 14th August 2009, 10.00pm Old Saint Paul's Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh




 
New World Christmas

Music from the “New World” ranging from Cowboy Carol by Cecil Broadhurst and arranged by Malcolm Sargent to the Australian carols The Three Drovers, Silver Stars are in the Sky and Christmas Bush for his Adorning alongside New Zealand’s magical Te Harinui. Old St Paul’s Saturday, 20th December 2008 at 7.30pm.


 
Duruflé Requiem & Motets


On the eve of All Souls the St Andrew Camerata sing the great Requiem of Maurice Duruflé (op.9) along with his Quatre Motets sur des hèmes Grégoriens (op.10) Old St Paul's Saturday 1st November 2008, 7.30pm. Organ: Dr John Kitchen.
Fauré Requiem

Atmospheric Late-night performance of Faur third sell-out year: Old Saint Paul's Church. Atmospheric late-nightperformance by candlelight of Fauré Requiem Saturday 9th August 2008/Friday 15th August 2008, 10.00pm




 

Haydn Cecilienmesse & Handel Nisi Dominus


St Andrew Camerata with Orchestra sung in St Patrick's in the Cowgate. Saturday 31 May 2008 at 7.30pm.



 Saint Saëns – Oratorio de Noël


The St Andrew Camerata with strings, organ & harp performed this Christmas rarity with other familiar repertoire readings. Saturday 22nd December 2007 in Old St Paul’s.



St Andrew - Scotland's Saint


On the occasion of Scotland’s first national holiday the St Andrew Camerata performed motets written in honour of St Andrew, and choral music with a Scottish flavour. Friday 30 November 2007.

 Fauré Requiem


A sell out concert last year; the St Andrew Camerata present another opportunity to enjoy a much loved choral programme in the candlelight of Old St Paul’s and allow the emotion of the music to transport you. Old St Paul’s, Saturday,18th August 2007 at 10pm





Choral Classics by Candlelight


A selection of choral gems in the delightful setting of Old St Paul’s by candlelight. A beautiful late evening experience on the opening of the official festival; Old St Paul’s, Friday, 10th August 2007 at 10pm






A Celebration of Elgar’s 150th Birthday


Old St Paul’s, Saturday 2nd June 2007, 7:30pm Choral Music by Elgar on the day of his birth; early motets from his time as Organist at St George’s Worceterto late masterpieces composed for The Three Choir’s Festivals. Organist: Ruaraidh Sutherland (who from 2011 he has been Director of Music, Christ's Church, Rye, NY)
Miserere

St Patrick's. Saturday 31 March 2007, 7.30pm Choral Music for Lent & Passiontide featuring music from Rome, Iberia & Austria in the superb acoustics of one one of Edinburgh's hidden gems.




Joyeux Noël


Old Saint Paul’s, Saturday 16th December 2006, 7.30pm An evening of French carols and readings presented in association with L’Institut Français d’Ecosse.

Messiah

St Patrick's RC Church, Saturday 18 November 2006, performed with orchestra as part of the sequicentenary celebration of St Patrick's (1856 - 2006)




Fauré Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine

An atmospheric late-night Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance by candlelight of Fauré's much-loved Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with orchestra. Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh, Saturday 12th August 2006.



Mozart 250 Anniversary Concert

Old Saint Paul’s, Saturday 24th June 2006, 7.30pm. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth (1756 – 1791); Salieri Te Deum, Mozart Exultate Jubilate (K163), Coronation Mass (K317).






Christmas by Candlelight


Old Saint Paul’s, Saturday 10th Decemeber 2005, 7.30pm. A selection of Christmas music and readings.
Kodaly & Durufle

St Christopher’s Church, Craigentinny, Edinburgh, Saturday 12th November 2005, 7.30pm Kodaly, Missa Brevis and Durufle Motets sur des Themes Gregorien. Organ: Ruaraidh Fergus Sutherland


Psalm by Paul Rooney

A world premier performance of the work by Paul Rooney (coverage of which later featured in Artlink 2003). In June 2003 six singers from the St Andrew Camerata performed the work in St John’s Hospital Livingston and at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; the work is a collaboration between artist Paul Rooney, Louise Holden and speech and language therapist Gary Withal.



Bruckner & Stanford Motets

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. 6 September 1998


Bach: Jesu Meine Freude,
Durufle Motets


Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh, Saturday 23 March 1996.






Faure & Bach

Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh. Saturday 8 July 1995 Faure Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Motets & Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3.
Music for an Autumn Evening

Dalkeith Arts Guild, Wednesday 5th October 1994.  An eclectic programme featuring part-songs by Parry & Elgar, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer plus music by Edward German and Ketèlbey. Piano: Kenneth Taylor and Barrie Mackay.



Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1994

St Andrew’s & St George’s, Edinburgh, Friday 19th August 1994 at 12.30pm An exploration of the by-ways of the liturgical repertoire in works by Bruckner, Blow, Victoria, Dupré, Scarlatti, Des Prés, Byrd, Haydn and Britten. Organ: Neil Beynon.




Second Concert

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. Sunday 29 May 1994, Programme including Palestrina Missa “Papae Marcelli” Des Prés, Ave Vera Virginitas, Dupré Alma Redemptoris Mater and Memorare, O Piissima Virgo, Schubert Salve Regina, etc.



Inaugural Concert

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. Sunday 13 March 1994, Programme included: Missa Aeterna Christ Munera (Palestrina), Popule Meus (Victoria) Miserere (Allegri), Ave Verum (Byrd), My God, My God (Blow), Tenebrae Factae Sunt (Michael Haydn).