2016 Programme Announced

  • Written by sonia
  • Thursday July 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • St Andrews Voices is the only Scottish festival for on the voice and its many forms, spoken and sung.  It takes place from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October 2016 in the historic town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.  Founded in 2012, this year marks the fifth annual St Andrews Voices Festival, which continues to showcase the versatility of the voice a wide array of musical genres, including opera, choral, cabaret, indie singer-songwriting, early music and storytelling.


    Artistic Director Sonia Stevenson said, “I am delighted to be marking five years of St Andrews Voices this October with another four days of vocal and choral music from some of the finest performers in the UK.  With I Fagiolini as Artists in Residence, a new production of The Magic Flute with a difference, and King Creosote performing on his home ground to name but a few of the events, we surely have a vibrant and colourful programme which I hope our audiences will enjoy experiencing, as much as I have enjoyed programming.”


    Linda Temple, Fife Council’s Cultural Partnerships & Events Strategy Manager said, ” We are thrilled that St Andrews Voices is launching its programme for its 5th year.  This unique event adds significant value to Fife’s strategic events portfolio and, to Scotland’s events calendar.  Including the Scottish premiere of a new production of “The Magic Flute”, this festival of vocal and a cappella music goes from strength to strength.”


    Leonie Bell, Director, Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, said, “St Andrews Voices once again presents a fresh, imaginative and diverse programme of events for the 2016 festival.  From the talented Fife local King Creosote to Janice Galloway and Scottish Opera, songs and stories for 3 – 6 year olds the 2016 festival presents a varied programme of exciting events. Masterclasses for vocal ensembles will also offer Scotland’s talented young singers the opportunity to develop their singing skills.”



    I Fagiolini open the Festival with A meal of Renaissance delights on Thursday 20 October at 7.30pm in St Salvator’s Chapel. They perform music of the Renaissance period in Europe, including Lassus and Monteverdi, presented in the style of a gourmet meal. The concert is preceded by a talk by I Fagiolini’s director, Robert Hollingworth.


    I Fagiolini’s second concert continues the food theme with their Amuse Bouche programme on Friday 21 October at 7.00pm in the Younger Hall.  Joined by pianist Anna Markland, they sing music with a gastronomic flavour from early 20th century Paris, including Poulenc, Fauré and Satie.


    Masterclasses for vocal ensembles are a rarity, and St Andrews Voices is delighted to welcome some of Scotland’s best emerging vocal ensembles from across Scotland to be coached by Robert Hollingworth in a public masterclass on Friday 21 October at 10.30am in St Leonards Chapel.  Included in the masterclass are groups from St Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities.  This event is FREE.


    One of I Fagiolini’s singers is the conductor and choral expert, Eamonn Dougann, who leads the Come & Sing Workshop at the Younger Hall on Saturday 22 October at 10.30am. This workshop is open to anyone who would like to come and form a choir for the day to sing two works by Pierre and Monteverdi, both of which will have been performed by I Fagiolini on 21 October.


    The music for the service at the St Salvator’s Chapel on Sunday 23 October at 11.00am will be led by Robert Hollingworth who conducts the Choir of St Salvator’s. Music includes Purcell’s Te Deum and the world-premiere of a new piece by 18 year-old Tyneside composer, Joanna Ward, who won the prestigious Gesualdo Six Composition Competition in May 2016. (FREE event)



    The Scottish premiere and only the second ever performance of an innovative production Mozart’s The Magic Flute takes place to the Younger Hall on Sunday 23 October.  The singers’ dialogue has been replaced by a specially commissioned narration by Scottish author, Janice Galloway, who will also narrate the performance.  The cast includes  Kate Valentine (First Lady) , Anna Dennis  (Pamina), Jonathan Gunthorpe (Papageno) and Samantha Hay (Queen of the Night).  The production is semi-staged, with Anthony Kraus’ new piano duet adaptation of Zemlinksy’s keyboard transcription of the orchestral score.  Sung in English.


    Scottish Opera brings Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love to St Andrews Voices on Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm.  Directed by Oliver Platt, the production takes its inspiration from the world of P G Wodehouse and is conducted by Derek Clark, Head of Music at Scottish Opera with a cast including Ellie Laugharne, Elgan Llyr Thomas and James Cleverton, with five players from the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Sung in English.



    One of Fife’s greatest exports, the celebrated indie singer-songwriter King Creosote, makes a rare appearance in his homeland of Fife.  To date, he has released more than 40 albums, and is a Mercury Prize nominated artist.  King Creosote performs in the Byre Theatre at 9.30pm on Friday 21 October.


    Mezzo soprano Jessica Walker has sung in opera across Europe, including Glyndebourne and The Chatelet in Paris, and has received great acclaim her one-woman shows which she has performed throughout the UK and in New York. She has written a new cabaret show for St Andrews Voices which takes us on a journey through a century of popular song from the 1920s to the present day, conjuring up the unique musical atmosphere of each decade.  Cabaret with afternoon tea is at the Hotel du vin at 3.00pm on Sunday 23 October.



    There will be a daily sound installation of one of the first electronic pieces in classical music; Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco (The dead I lament, the living I call to prayer) by composer Jonathan Harvey.  The work combines the tolling of the tenor bell from Winchester Cathedral, with the voice of the composer’s son who was a chorister there. It takes place from 2.00 – 5.00pm daily from 20 – 23 October at the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum. Entry is FREE.



    A sing-a-long version of the classic family film Mary Poppins with songs like Supercalifragilistic… A Spoonful of Sugar and Let’s Go Fly A Kite with a warm up from St Andrews first all-female a cappella group The Accidentals.  Byre Theatre, Saturday 22 October at 10.00am.


    Scottish author Michelle Sloan entertains children from 3 – 6 years in songs and stories on Sunday morning at 10.00am in Toppings Bookshop.  Her new book, The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee is published in July 2016. (FREE)


    St Andrews Voices acknowledges support from Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme, Creative Scotland, The University of St Andrews, and other trusts, funds, corporate and individual donations. Full list on www.standrewsvoices.com



    Jazz, funk, swing and soul with student and local musicians, in Jazz Works on Thursday 20 October at 9.30pm in the Byre Bar. FREE event.


    St Andrews Voices Fifth Anniversary Lunch will be celebrated on Sunday 23 October at 1.00pm with Sunday lunch at the Byre Theatre Cafe, accompanied by music by school, student and community groups. Entrance FREE, lunch charged individually.