Win tickets to see Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius performed by the Edinburgh Singers!

The Edinburgh Singers are celebrating their 65th anniversary season this year with a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, widely regarded as the composer’s choral masterpiece on Saturday 16 June at 7.30pm in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh.

Conducted by Alistair Digges, the choir will be joined by soloists, Ben Johnson (Tenor), Catherine Backhouse (Mezzo-Soprano) and James Arthur (Baritone), and an orchestra of players specially assembled for the night.

Founded in 1952, The Edinburgh Singers are one of the City’s finest non-professional auditioned mixed-voice choirs and draw people from all walks of life performing a wide range of choral pieces. They recently won the Scotland Sings Chorus Award 2016 in the Inspirational Year category.

In celebration of their 65th anniversary the Music Library is presenting this June a display of Edinburgh Singers archival material including concert programmes and other materials.

The Edinburgh Singers have kindly donated 4 free tickets to see their performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. First prize will be two free tickets and two second prizes are one free ticket.

To enter the competition to win tickets, email the Music Library central.music.library@edinburgh.gov.uk stating Edinburgh Singers competition in the subject line and the year that the Edinburgh Singers was founded.

Include in the email your name, telephone number and library borrower number. Please indicate in the email if you would like to be joined to the Edinburgh Singers mailing list.

The closing date to enter is Saturday 9 June.

Do you belong to a local choir or orchestra? The Music Library loans vocal and orchestral sets to local groups for a small charge. Get in touch with the Music Library for more information on our music hire service.

Singing for Spring workshops!

The Music Library is teaming up with community singer facilitator Ellie Logan to deliver two singing workshops for all ages and levels of experience – no sight reading skills required!

Participants will learn songs by ear (words provided) and even experiment with simple harmonies. It will be fun and informal.

There are two sessions running Saturdays 21 and 28 April. You’re welcome to attend either or both sessions as there’ll be different songs at each session.

Ellie Logan is a member of the Natural Voice Network and is an experienced facilitator of community singing.

Previous participants at workshops said:

“Enjoyed Ellie’s encouraging and lively style of teaching, the songs she taught, and singing with a group of like-minded people who enjoy this activity.”

“Came away feeling very happy, will definitely go to any future ones planned if I can”.

Book online via Eventbrite:
Singing for Spring session one – Saturday 21 April, 2 to 3.30pm

Singing for Spring session two – Saturday 28 April, 2 to 3.30pm

If you enjoy community singing, why not join a local choir? There are many which don’t require auditions and are open to all. If you want to advertise or join a choir look on Your Edinburgh, our community information directory.

The Music Library holds a wealth of material available to borrow on singing from sheet music, voice coaching and sight reading to recordings of your favourite singers. We can help you search for songs and provide multiple vocal scores for local groups. Contact central.musiclibrary@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 242 8050 for more information.