Scotland’s Festival of Vocal & Choral Music taking place 23-26 October 2014
Set in the beautiful historic town of St Andrews and drawing together the very best musicians from the UK and beyond, St Andrews Voices 2014 presents inspirational concerts celebrating the voice in all its many guises: opera, jazz, Lieder, musical comedy, choral, early music, contemporary music and more…
St Andrews has a strong market for music and culture, unrivalled scenery, an international reputation as the home of golf, proximity to some of Scotland’s major cities (Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth), plus all the vibrancy of a university town. All these factors make it a matchless place for a top-class music festival, and in October 2012 St Andrews Voices brought this vision to life for the first time. Since then, the festival has gone from strength to strength and has become one of the country’s cultural gems.
There are many successful chamber music festivals around the country, just as there are numerous summer opera festivals. What is more unusual is a festival that places the voice, and all its diverse musical incarnations, at the centre of its programme. St Andrews Voices does just this, bringing the festival a number of strengths, not least the wide audience base that vocal music attracts, and the opportunity to explore unique programming that crosses traditional genre boundaries.
From beautiful concerts in the intimate St Leonard’s Chapel to Afternoon Tea accompanied by mellow jazz at Rufflets’ Hotel, there is bound to be an event in this year’s programme which appeals to the music lover in you.
Praise for previous festivals . . .
‘…judging by the sheer quality and ambition of the inaugural outing, it’s been an enormous success’ – The Scotsman
‘…one of the highlights of the St Andrews calendar.’ – The Saint
‘The greatest concentration of musical enjoyment ever! Every performance was outstanding… There was tremendous variety, including performances we probably would not have attended had they not been part of the festival. We would have been the losers!’ – Audience member, inaugural festival
‘…hugely compelling’ – The Scotsman
‘…a spectrum of music that was astounding in delivery… another world class display of a cappella music.’ – Courier
‘Lovely atmosphere, lovely people, lovely venues, splendid music!’ – Audience member, 2013 festival
You can find out more about this year’s Voices Events by visiting our WHATS ON GUIDE, if you’re thinking of making a weekend of the festival why not look at our suggestions on places to STAY and places to EAT while in St Andrews.
You can download the full festival program for St Andrews Voices 2014 here.