Edinburgh University Chamber Choir is The University of Edinburgh’s smallest choir, led by Michael Bawtree. The choir prides itself on furthering its singers’ education through performing challenging repertoire at a high standard. It was founded by Professor David Kimbell in 1965, giving its first concert at the end of that academic year. The current Chamber Choir presents 2 main concerts in Canongate Kirk (venue of the Royal Wedding of Zara Phillips to Mike Tindall) – one in each semester – along with many other concerts during the academic year, including representing the University at the Academic Service in St Giles’ Cathedral, High Kirk of Edinburgh. The choir also tours every Summer, most recently to the Côte d’Azur and previously to Budapest in 2016, Berlin in 2015, Krakow and Prague in 2014, Norway and Spain.
EUCC presents a celebration of European choral music from across the centuries. Palestrina's delicate 8-part setting of the 'Stabat Mater', Mary's lament at the foot of the cross, complements Arnold Bax's setting of the old English carol, 'Mater ora filium'. The Austrian composer Hans Gál lived and worked in Edinburgh having escaped his homeland shortly before World War Two. His virtuosic Motette from 1924 is coupled with 'As de cantar', a jubilant setting of Galician poetry by the young English composer Daniel Saleeb, written for the BBC Singers in 2015.
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