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Take your place on stage with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Join one of the world’s finest choruses at the open rehearsal on 24 October
The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is at the heart of the International Festival’s classical music programme – giving local singers the opportunity to learn exhilarating choral repertoire and perform with world class orchestras and conductors – and you could be part of it.
On Tuesday 24 October you’ll have a chance to join in for the opportunity to sing at the open rehearsal and experience what the Edinburgh Festival Chorus is all about. Just email our Chorus Manager, Jenny Searle, (email@example.com) to book your free place.
Last August, the local singers were performing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Philarmonia Orchestra and Hallé, singing works including Berlioz's La damnation de Faust, Elgar's King Olaf and Verdi's Stabat mater and Te Deum.
Amongst other works the 2018 International Festival programme will offer a rare opportunity to sing Mahler’s epic Eighth Symphony. Known to many as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ this masterpiece brings together an expanded orchestra, two choruses, a boys’ choir and eight soloists.
Take a look below for some first-hand insights to the Edinburgh Festival Chorus from its members and artists who worked with them.
The Edinburgh Festival Chorus is absolutely unique! I love the music, the sound, the energy, the buzz, the camaraderie and the choral discipline
Valerie Bryan, Chorus Member
Without doubt one of the finest choruses in the world
Donald Runnicles OBE, Conductor
The thrill of a volunteer chorus singing with a visiting international orchestra… creates a kind of electricity that you can’t necessarily achieve with professional choirs
Christopher Bell, Chorus Master
The best things… getting to perform alongside so many exceptional orchestras and musicians from all over the world
Brendan Glen, Chorus Member
it was impossible not to be swept up by the glorious Edinburgh Festival Chorus
The Herald on The Opening Concert in 2017
The Edinburgh Festival Chorus open rehearsal takes place on Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.00-9.30pm, at The Hub in Edinburgh. To book your free place, contact Jenny Searle, Chorus Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
EDIT: The event is now at full capacity for the event, but we're operating a waiting list that you can join.
Photo credits (from the top):
1 © Eoin Carey | 2, 4, 5 © Stuart Armitt | 3 © Beth Chalmers | 6 © Claudine Quinn