2012 Programme

    • Thursday October 18, 2012
      • 7:30 pm
        Younger Hall
        Franz Schubert: Winterreise
        World renowned tenor (and festival patron), Ian Bostridge, joins his long-time
        pianist collaborator, Julius Drake to perform Franz Schubert’s
        Winterreise, a song-cycle that plunges into the very depths and giddy
        highs of Romanticism’s feverish soul.
        This concert is supported by Jean Macpherson.
      • 10:00 pm
        Byre Theatre
        A programme of a cappella soul/jazz/hiphop/beatbox.
        The Boxettes are an all-female vocal group based in London. Their unconventional
        a cappella sound sets tight beatbox work against dreamy, sun-drenched
        harmonies, with each of the girls taking turns to narrate the melody, provide chord
        work, beatboxing or fx sounds.
    • Friday October 19, 2012
      • 7:30 pm
        Younger Hall
        Scottish Ensemble

        with Sophie Harmsen (Mezzo-soprano)
        George Friedrich Handel: Selected arias (Crude Furie, Where Shall I
        Fly, Scherza Infide
        Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 (arr. Morton)
        Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:Divertimento in D K136
        Henry Purcell: Fantasias
        Benjamin Britten: Phaedra
        The Scottish Ensemble and Mezzo-soprano Sophie Harmsen show off their talent and
        versatility in this concert spanning four centuries; from Purcell’s moving
        Fantasias to Britten’s powerful cantata Phaedra, with Mozart and
        Schumann along the way.
      • 10:00 pm
        Byre Theatre

        with Damian Thantrey
        An evening of song and dance, sensuality and sumptuousness, inspired by
        1930s Berlin cabaret.
        In this Edinburgh Fringe hit by award winning director Kally Lloyd-Jones and
        featuring celebrated baritone Damian Thantrey, traditional touches intermingle with
        modern. Alongside the high leg kicks and Minelli-esque vamping, classical forms are
        infused with 21st Century twitches, and old torch songs sit side-by-side with
        upbeat pop and darker moments of emotional depth.
        “wry ‘n’ delightful” The Herald
        “Certainly cool, undoubtedly intelligent”The Skinny
    • Saturday October 20, 2012
      • 11:00 am
        Younger Hall
        Ben McAteer
        A programme including arias from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin,
        Korngold’s Die tote Stadt and songs by Schumann and Vaughan
        Hot on the heels of his success at the Kathleen Ferrier awards, young baritone Ben
        McAteer returns to St Andrews as the first of St Andrews Voices’ ‘Rising Voices’ –
        a platform for emerging young singers. He is joined by the talented young pianist
        Gavin Roberts.
      • 7:30 pm
        Younger Hall
        Scottish Opera

        Nadine Livingston (soprano)
        Rosie Aldridge (mezzo-soprano)
        Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
        Singers from the company present a sparkling programme of arias, duets and
        ensembles from operas by Puccini, Mozart and Rossini.
        Three of Scottish Opera’s young stars perform some of the very best music from the
        titans of opera: Puccini, Mozart and Rossini. With much loved arias, alongside less
        well known music, this is sure to be a concert of delight and discovery. Between
        them, Nadine, Rosie and Marcus have performed at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera
        House, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and
        with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music,
        and the Hallé.
        “Nadine Livingston’s Musetta sparkled.” The Times (on Puccini’s
        La Boheme)
        “Mezzo Rosie Aldridge doles out the hearty velvet sound” The Herald
        “an accomplished performance by the much-garlanded young baritone Marcus
        Farnsworth.” The Telegraph
      • 10:00 pm
        Byre Theatre
        Mairi Campbell (fiddle and voice)
        David Francis (guitar)
        The Red Earth
        In 2010, renowned folk duo The Cast performed their storytelling and music show,
        The Red Earth, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Red Earth is
        the story of Mairi Campbell’s forebears, missionaries in China, and the dramatic
        events they were caught up in in the early part of the 20th century.
    • Sunday October 21, 2012
      • 11:00 am
        St Salvator’s Chapel (free)
        Festival service featuring music by Claudio Monteverdi and James
        St Salvator’s Chapel Choir is the flagship choir of the University of St Andrews,
        Scotland. Under the direction of the University Organist, Tom Wilkinson, it sings
        at the University Service every Sunday during term time, as well as in evensongs,
        concerts, graduations and other important University occasions.
      • 2:30 pm
        Byre Theatre
        with Eleanor Bron (narrator)
        David Matthews: Actaeon
        Benjamin Britten (arr. Iain Farrington): Cabaret Suite
        William Walton (arr. Iain Farrington): Façade
        Counterpoise is a new ensemble consisting of some of the most sought-after
        instrumentalists in the UK. Its unconventional line-up of violin, trumpet,
        saxophone and piano enables the group to create new soundworlds and to experiment
        with challenging fusions of music, text and visuals. Their programme offers Britten
        as you’ve never heard it before, as well as contemporary music from David Matthews
        and Walton’s classic Façade with acclaimed actress Eleanor Bron as
        This concert is supported by the University of St Andrews Music
        “delivered by Counterpoise with aplomb” The Times
        “weird and wonderful” The Independent
      • 7:00 pm
        Younger Hall
        Ludus Baroque Chorus and Orchestra
        With soloists:
        Marie Arnet and Mary Bevan (sopranos)
        Tim Mead (alto)
        Ed Lyon (tenor)
        William Berger (bass)
        George Friedrich Handel: The Triumph of Time & Truth (HWV
        Ludus Baroque and a cast of internationally-acclaimed soloists present one of
        Handel’s rarer oratorios in which the characters of Pleasure, Beauty, Time, Counsel
        (Truth) and Deceit vie for victory. Their orchestra of gut strings, colourful
        woodwind and soaring brass, is complemented by a chorus comprising a sensational
        selection of singers from Britain’s finest early music consorts, including the
        Monteverdi Choir, the Sixteen, Polyphony and the Gabrieli and King’s Consorts.
        This concert is supported by Claire Enders, the Trusthouse Foundation and an
        anonymous donor.