concerts

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Spring Concert 7.30pm 23rd March 2019 "Alexander's Feast" by George Frideric Handel


Details of the performance, in which the Choir will be joined by professional soloists and instrumentalists, are: 

Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm

Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EP (at the West end of Prices Street)

Tickets will be available in early to mid February:  £15 adults, £10 students, £5 children of school age

For those wishing to travel from Haddington, where the Choir is based, there will be the option to buy a ticket package including coach travel to and from the concert.  

Further details of how tickets can be purchased will be available closer to the time.

Please make any early enquiries to the Secretary at garleton@gmail.com


"Alexander's Feast"  by George Frideric Handel  was composed in January 1736, this oratorio was a great success when first performed and encouraged Handel to make the transition from writing Italian-style operas to large choral works such as Messiah. The libretto is by Newburgh Hamilton adapted from John Dryden's ode Alexander's Feast, or the Power of Music  (1697) which had been written to celebrate Saint Cecilia's Day.


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Summer Concert 2019

7.30pm Monday 27th May 2019 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington.  

Christmas Concert December 2018 Review

  

Christmas Starts with the Garleton Singers 

The concert presented by the Garleton Singers and their director Stephen Doughty had it all: rousing carols, satirical poems, solo works for organ performed ably by their accompanist Caroline Cradock, and of course, polished performances of choral works old and new. The concert started with beautiful stillness: the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City, sung by soprano Katie Hamilton. Thus began a whistle stop tour of festivity, aptly weaved together through explanation and anecdote by the choir’s director. Although slightly caught off by pacing in Today the Virgin by Tavener, they quickly got into their stride. Christmas Day by Holst provided a distinct solo part to each of the different voice types, to which members of the choir rose admirably. The choir were at their most captivating in the slow movement of a lesser-known piece - Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra) by Daniel Pinkham. Warned prior that the relatively unknown music would “drive the audience from the church” the intricate chromatic suspensions instead drew them in, creating an ethereal atmosphere. But then we were off again, onwards towards The twelve days of Christmas before a joyous O Come all ye Faithful closed the concert. As chairman Peter Parish stated in his programme note, Christmas really did start tonight. 

Phoebe Barber