Programme

    • Thursday October 20, 2016
      • 2:00 pm
        St Andrews Preservation Museum (FREE)
        Sound installation - Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco

        Experience the extraordinary sounds of Jonathan Harvey’s ground-breaking composition 'Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco', which combines the tolling of the tenor bell at Winchester Cathedral with the voice of the composers’ son, then a chorister there.

      • 6:00 pm
        Church Square (FREE)
        The Bells of Holy Trinity

        To mark the opening of the festival, Gillian Craig will play the carillon of the town kirk.

      • 7:30 pm
        St Salvator's Chapel
        Insalata I Fagiolini (Bean Salad) - A meal of Renaissance delights

        This year’s artists in residence, renowned vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, perform a hugely entertaining romp around Renaissance Europe in the style of a gourmet meal. To start, musical Entrées from France, followed by tapas from the Spain of the Catholic Monarchs, thence by boat to Italy for a primo piatto by Lassus and a Venetian carnival masque, ending with the richest diet of the time – three of Monteverdi's sublime madrigals. Presented with their trademark wit, captivating staging and glorious singing, I Fagiolini bring the Renaissance to life as you’ve never heard it before! The event begins with a talk by I Fagiolini’s director, Robert Hollingworth, shedding light on the ensemble’s ground-breaking work.

        Admission: £12 full price, £10 concession

      • 9:30 pm
        Byre Theatre Bar (FREE)
        Festival Fringe - Jazz Works

        Joining the dots between jazz, funk, swing and soul, Jazz Works is the place for music lovers of all stripes. A night where ‘Town and Gown’ musicians come together and where audiences can sit back, drink in hand, and enjoy some classic tunes in the ambient surroundings of the Byre Bar.

    • Friday October 21, 2016
      • 10:30 am
        St Leonard's Chapel (FREE)
        Public Masterclass for Vocal Ensembles

        Robert Hollingworth, director of I Fagiolini, coaches some of the best up and coming vocal ensembles from across Scotland, including groups from St Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities.

      • 7:00 pm
        Hotel du Vin (The Scores)
        I Fagiolini - Amuse Bouche

        I Fagiolini and pianist Anna Markland look to Paris and the music of the 1910s-30s in this mouth-watering programme of French choral delicacies. Satie’s mysterious Gnossiennes for piano provide palette-cleansing sorbets between the vocal courses, which include powerful Poulenc, rhapsodic Milhaud and ravishing pieces by Fauré and Francaix. The centrepiece is Roderick Williams’ daring new arrangement of the sublime slow movement from Ravel’s jazz-flavoured Piano Concerto in G major. With themed French wine & cheese and cabaret seating (spaces limited), this event will be a delight for all the senses.

        Admission: £19 full price, £16 concession (including wine & cheese tasters)

      • 9:30 pm
        Byre Theatre Main Auditorium
        King Creosote

        One of Fife’s greatest exports, celebrated folk/indie singer-songwriter and Mercury Prize nominee, King Creosote, paints a musical picture of his beloved homeland in this rare performance on home turf.

        Admission: £15 full price, £12 concession, £10 student

    • Saturday October 22, 2016
      • 10:00 am
        Byre Theatre Studio
        Sing-a-long Mary Poppins

        A special sing-a-long screening of the classic family film Mary Poppins, with live warm up from St Andrews first all-female a cappella group, The Accidentals.

        Admission: £6 full price, £4 concession
        Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £17.50

      • 10:30 am
        Younger Hall
        Come & sing workshop

        Open to anyone keen to develop their choral skills, this workshop with celebrated conductor and I Fagiolini member, Eamonn Dougan, will explore Monteverdi's 'Sfogava con le stelle' and Pierre's 'Puisque vivre en servitude' (both performed by I Fagiolini on 21st Oct). Music will be distributed in advance.

        Admission: £10 full price, £5 concession

      • 3:00 pm
        Hotel du Vin
        Afternoon Tea Cabaret with Jessica Walker

        Take one of the best cabaret stars around and add cakes, scones and lashings of tea to make a perfect afternoon! Jessica Walker (‘a gifted chanteuse' - The New Yorker) showcases her stunning voice and compelling story-telling in a journey through a century of popular song, conjuring up the unique musical atmosphere of each decade, from the heady nights of the 20s and 30s, through the darker years of the 40s, and into the liberated 60s and beyond.

        Admission (includes Afternoon Tea): £32 full price, £28 concession

      • 7:30 pm
        Byre Theatre
        Scottish Opera - Donizetti's 'The Elixir of Love'

        Scottish Opera return to the festival with Donizetti’s glorious comic opera ‘The Elixir of Love’. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend take their inspiration from the world of P G Wodehouse in a cheeky, vividly characterised show with its tongue firmly in its cheek.  

        ‘Elixir offers a joyous couple of hours of escape. It is a perfect opera; boisterous, fun-fi lled and fast-paced, with the ideal mixture of comedy and romance.’ Oliver Platt  

        The lively and lyrical score sees Donizetti at his very best, from the beauty of ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ to the fun of Dulcamara’s patter songs. The cast includes Ellie Laugharne, Welsh tenor Elgan Llyr Thomas, winner of 2015’s prestigious Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, and acclaimed baritone James Cleverton. They’re accompanied by five players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera in a new instrumental arrangement by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark.  

        Running time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins  
        Sung in English
        Conductors - Stuart Stratford & Derek Clark
        Director - Oliver Platt
        Designer - Oliver Townsend
        Lighting - Mark Howland
        Movement Director - Jim Manganello*   Instrumental arrangement - Derek Clark
        Translation - Kelley Rourke  
        Adina - Ellie Laugharne
        Nemorino - Elgan Llyr Thomas*
        Belcore - Toby Girling
        Dr Dulcamara - James Cleverton
        Giannetta - Hazel McBain*  

        * Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

        Admission: £16.50 full price, £5 under 26

    • Sunday October 23, 2016
      • 10:00 am
        Toppings Bookshop (FREE)
        Songs & Stories for wee ones

        Come and get your wriggle on celebrating ‘The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee’ with Scottish author Michelle Sloan. Wee movers and shakers aged 3-6 should strap on their dancing shoes for a very special Sunday storytime! Places are free, but limited so book in early with the Bookshop to avoid disappointment 01334 585111.

      • 11:00 am
        St Salvator's Chapel (FREE)
        Festival Service

        Robert Hollingworth, director of I Fagiolini, conducts the Choir of St Salvator’s Chapel in Purcell’s Te Deum and the world-premiere of a new piece by the brilliant young Tyneside composer, and recent Gesualdo Six Competition winner, Joanna Ward.

      • 1:00 pm
        Byre Theatre Cafe (free)
        Festival Fringe - 4th Anniversary Lunch

        Sunday lunch with a difference! We celebrate the festival’s 5th anniversary with a ‘bring and share’ musical lunch. Order your food from the Byre Café and tuck into music by school, student and community groups.

        Free, lunch not included

      • 3:00 pm
        Younger Hall
        Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (Scottish Premiere of New Production)

        Join us for a journey through the enchanted world of Mozart’s masterpiece opera ‘The Magic Flute.’ Colourful characters looms large – the fiery Queen of the Night, loveable Papageno, star-struck lovers Tamino and Pamina – in tale woven with comedy, pantomime, philosophy and religion.

        Performed only once before – at Lichfield Festival in 2015 where it garnered rave reviews and a standing ovation – this acclaimed, semi-staged production features a specially commissioned new narration by Scottish author Janice Galloway, a new piano duet adaptation of Zemlinsky's keyboard transcription and stellar cast fresh from the stages of the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and La Scala: Anna Dennis (Pamina), Samantha Hay (Queen of the Night), Jonathan Gunthorpe (Papageno), Kate Valentine (1st Lady), Richard Wiegold (Sarastro) and Janice Galloway (Narrator).

        Admission: £17 full price, £14 concession, £8 under 18s
        Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £38

        Supported by Thorntons and St Andrews Community Trust

        "I’ve only seen ever the Magic Flute once before, Glyndebourne on tour… But this new Lichfield Festival production was far, far better" (Lichfield Live)

        "This was my first opera and it has encouraged me to go to see more… they will have a hard job to follow this one" (Young Critic Aged 13)