Street of Light: meet the bands and choirs
8th Nov 2016
Now that tickets to the Street of Light are available to book, we're delighted to be able to tell you more about the Scottish bands and choirs whose music will be synchonised with the stunning canopy of thousands of lights.
With over 60,000 beautiful bulbs of light alongside synchronised music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra with their Junior Chorus, the hottest contemporary fiddle music from the Highlands and Islands, Blazin’ Fiddles, and Scotland’s very own bhangra group Tigerstyle, the Street of Light is a fantastic free event for all to enjoy! Scroll down to learn more about each of the musical groups.
Blazin’ Fiddles are the world’s most prolific fiddle group. Over the last 15 years, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.
With a Blazers performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.
Whatever the hall – be it in a Highland village or London’s Royal Albert – this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra and their Junior Chorus
The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK. Part of the RSNO family, the RSNO Junior Chorus enables more than 400 children aged seven to eighteen to enjoy an unparalleled musical experience. The Junior Chorus seeks to provide a musical education by teaching the young people involved how to learn and appreciate music. In addition to encouraging the youngsters to learn about expression, the Chorus also acts as a means to improving the confidence and self-belief of the talented young musicians. It is an unrivalled experience for the children to learn and participate in outstanding, professional music making under the leadership of its charismatic Director, Christopher Bell.
Originally formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd, the RSNO Junior Chorus has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world's most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland's National Orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country, as well as appearances at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival. To provide the highest level of training and guidance as the singers progress, the Chorus is divided into five groups; the Training Choir, Probationary Choirs 1 and 2, the Changed Voices group and the Junior Chorus.
The RSNO Junior Chorus is generously supported by:
Big Lottery Fund: Young Start
W A Cargill Fund
The Cross Trust
The Mickel Fund
Pre-order the RSNO and Junior Chorus album, A Christmas Festival on Amazon here, or purchase the digital download here. This new recording captures the magic of the season as the RSNO and its Junior Chorus deliver a perfect selection of classic festive favourites in A Christmas Festival.
Coming from a traditional background where religious adherence was the call of the day and learning to play instruments from a young age so that they could perform at their local temple have now turned this young Sikh outfit into the most sought after act. Creating waves within the music industry, pioneering their new unique music genre, and preaparing to release their highly anticipated album by the same name, Digi-Bhang for a worldwide release.
The success of Tigerstyle has taken them touring all over the world including USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and Australia, all in the time span of the last 4 years. They have shared stages with the like of internationally reknowned artists Lily Allen, Talvin Singh, Damian Marley, Jay Sean, Toy Selectah, Nitin Sawhney, The Dub Pistols, Fun-Da-Mental, Misty in Roots, Gunjan, Asian Dub Foundation, Badmarsh & Shri, Truth Hurts, Panjabi MC, Future World Funk, Raghav, Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation, Semtex, Bobby Friction & Nihal from BBC Radio 1 and Panjabi Hit Squad of BBC 1Xtra.
Edinburgh Festival Chorus with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform a selection of traditional Scottish favourites to bring a smile and get everyone's toes tapping before we all break into Auld lang Syne. The songs will feature on RSNO's forthcoming Christmas CD - launching an moment so keep an eye out for it in the shops.
Chorus Master: Christopher Bell
Accompanist: Stuart Hope
The Edinburgh Festival Chorus has been at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival since its foundation in 1965 when it opened the nineteenth Festival with the Scottish premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Under the Festival Director’s programming the Chorus has become increasingly versatile, performing most of the standard 19th and 20th century repertoire and premières of specially commissioned works, in collaboration with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. The Chorus recently celebrated 50 years of world class singing opening the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival with the innovative Harmonium Project when Lothian Road and Festival Square were filled with the pre-recorded sounds of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Royal Scottish National Orchestra and an audience of nearly 20,000 gathered to watch the façade of the Usher Hall come to life through a series of spectacular projected animations inspired by John Adams’s Harmonium and by data captured from the Edinburgh Festival Chorus members as they sang.
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