New festival to celebrate singing

2412042 SSHC st andrews voices 'L - R: Sonia Stevenson (fest dir), Tom Wilkinson (pianist), Michael Downes (fest dir), Christopher Jacklin (Baritone) - launching the St Andrews Voices music festival at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews
2412042 SSHC st andrews voices 'L - R: Sonia Stevenson (fest dir), Tom Wilkinson (pianist), Michael Downes (fest dir), Christopher Jacklin (Baritone) - launching the St Andrews Voices music festival at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews
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A new musical festival which will celebrate the human voice and all its diverse incarnations - everything from lieder to beatbox, opera to cabaret and jazz to folk song - is to be held in St Andrews.

Featuring a series of evening concerts, beginning with a classical repertoire and followed by innovative late-night performances that will stretch the boundaries of vocal music, St Andrews Voices from October 18-21 will draw together top musicians from across the United Kingdom and beyond.

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At the official launch in the Byre Theatre, festival co-directors Dr Michael Downes, director of music at St Andrews University, and Sonia Stevenson, promoter and publicist with Faber Music, said the initiative was the culmination of more than two years of planning.

Dr Downes explained:”Singing is a real strength in St Andrews, with a thriving music scene and receptive audiences.”

The innovative programme will be hosted by the Younger Hall and the Byre Theatre and include education and participation events during the day featuring homegrown talent, as well as international stars.

Miss Stevenson said: ”Our aim for St Andrews Voices is to create a festival of high quality and diversity that cuts across age barriers and is presented in a way that encourages people to try something new.”

Highlights include the opening night recital by world-renowned tenor, Ian Bostridge, a performance by The Boxettes with their unconventional mix of soul, jazz and hip-hop, and Handel’s oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, by Edinburgh-based Ludus Baroque. There will also be performances by Scottish Opera and Scottish Ensemble.

A sneak preview of what audiences can expect was given at the launch by the award-winning baritone, Christopher Jacklin, who gave a short performance accompanied by pianist Tom Wilkinson.

n Programme details are available at www.standrewsvoices.com and tickets go on sale as from Monday at the Byre.