Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Blog

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...

Rhapsodic Bohemia: 4 & 5 March in Edinburgh & Haddington

In March, ERCU continues its ‘European Grand Tour’ with a programme of music from Bohemia. After the warmth of Italy in November’s concert, our spring programme includes very different mass settings by Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček, two giants of Czech music. Dvořák’s charming Mass in D major was composed for the consecration of a new chapel in the Bohemian countryside, and its intimate scale and organ accompaniment make it a perfect pairing for Janáček’s Mass in E flat; both composers’ works reveal a rusty simplicity and an innate gift for gorgeous melody. Join us for this exploration of Rhapsodic Bohemia. Performed by: Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Michael Bawtree: conductor...

Christmas with the Choral

Join ERCU, Michael Bawtree and Morley Whitehead for ‘Christmas with the Choral’. We’ll also be announcing a very special guest soon! Tickets are £10/8 available from tickets@ercu.org.uk or on the door. Join us after the concert for coffee and mince pies where we’ll also be fundraising for our friends at Music in Hospitals.

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...