• 25th Anniversary Concert: Janáček & Kodály

  • Sat, 09-11-2019 at 20:00
  • St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh
    Cathedral House
    EH1 3JD Edinburgh
25th Anniversary Concert: Janáček & Kodály - St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Following sell-out concerts at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the St Andrew Camerata celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a performance of the Missa Brevis of Zoltán Kodaly (1882-1967) and rarely heard motets by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928). We will also perform the lush Ave Maria for upper voices with organ and Esti Dal by KodályWe return to St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral (where the choir was formed) with Howard Duthie at the organ. The circumstances of this concert will be vastly different from it's first performance! During the siege of Budapest in the winter of 1944/45, Kodály and his wife were forced to seek refuge in the cellars of the Budapest Opera House. It was in one of the Opera House cloakrooms that the premiere took place on 11 February 1945, performed by a choir made up of the Opera company’s soloists, who were accompanied by a harmonium. Dating from 1874-75 Janáček's motets (of which we will perform 7) are liturgical pieces written exclusively in Latin and foreshadow some of his more mature work. Saturday 9 November, St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh at 8:00pm. Tickets £12 (£8 concession) available from the Usher Hall Box Office, members of the choir, or on the door.