Songs of Redemption

Saturday, May 10, 2014

In the 40th year after the Pinochet coup, The Edinburgh Singers will be performing Cantos Sagrados, a moving and thought-provoking song cycle about political repression in Latin America.

This masterpiece by Scotland's greatest composer James MacMillan, sets three poems by Ariel Dorfman and Ana Maria Mendoza; on "the disappeared", on summary executions, and on the continuing plight of tribal peoples.

The programme will continue with Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing (an elegy on the assassination of President Kennedy), and Finzi: Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice, (an anthem to redemptive love, written at the end of the Second World War), concluding with Kodály's beautiful and inspiring Missa Brevis, again written at the end of the War.

St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lothian Road, under the baton of John Gormley and with John Kitchen at the organ.