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Italian Warmth, Sat 26 November at Stockbridge Parish Church, 7.30pm

Italian sunshine will stream into Stockbridge Parish Church during our first concert of our season, Masses of the Masters. Rossini was best known in his day for his blockbusting operatic scores, but it was in his old age – after nearly 30 years of relative silence – that he composed his Petite Messe Solennelle. He described the Mass as “the last of my sins of old age”, and there’s not much ‘petite’ or solemn about it. The work abounds with joyous choruses and arias, and will be accompanied as originally intended by piano and harmonium. Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini took...


Meet our soloists for our forthcoming concert, Italian Warmth.

Meet our soloists for our forthcoming concert, Italian Warmth, on Saturday 26 November at 7.30 pm in Stockbridge Parish Church. Soprano Margaret Ravalde returns to sing with ERCU after her appearance with us in May at the CPE Bach/Michael Haydn concert. She recently finished her Masters in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and this summer performed in the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park at the Edinburgh Fringe. She frequently performs as an oratorio soloist and is regularly booked as a recitalist.  Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova is in her first year of the Master of Opera course...

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Messiah 2017 Soloists Announced!

The Edinburgh Royal Choral Union returns to the Usher Hall with the Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra on Monday 2 January 2017 for its 130th annual new year performance of Handel’s Messiah. This year’s conductor is ERCU’s Chorus Director, Michael Bawtree. This year Michael brings with him a diverse and exciting cast of soloists. We are delighted to introduce: American bass-baritone Tyler Simpson–2015-16 marked his sixth consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked on many productions having made his debut in Verdi’s Don Carlo in 2010. Soprano Mhairi Lawson has sung in theatres and concert halls worldwide with such companies as English National Opera, the Gabrieli Consort, the Academy...