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Cadenza member elected to Making Music Board

Making Music logo

Earlier this year, Making Music announced that they were looking for four new Board members, and that any member of a full member group could stand. They also particularly wished to encourage nominees based in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the South West, from vocal groups and, to achieve a gender- and age-balanced Board, they particularly welcomed nominations from women and people under the age of 35. Celeste Berteau (Alto) immediately volunteered.

As there were nine candidates, an election was called, and we are very proud to announce that Celeste was one of the four successful candidates. She is due to attend her first Board meeting this month. We look forward to hearing more when we resume rehearsals in August.

Posted: Saturday 1 July 2017 at 7:00 pm

Even more money raised for charity!

A long overdue return to perform in St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh – a beautiful church, always worth a visit – proved to be another great success, raising over £1550 for Edinburgh Cyrenians.

“Your concert was superb. Enjoyed every minute and every WORD. Acoustics were superb.”
“Great concert last night! The best singing I’ve ever heard from Cadenza. We all enjoyed it thoroughly. Really good repertoire too.”
“The concert was superb. Such a lovely and varied programme with some inspired interpretations.”

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Posted: Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 8:31 pm

Linlithgow concert review

Our lovely Linlithgow audience were also clearly as delighted with our programme, as Cadenza was to perform it for them. We have since received a short review of the concert written by an audience member:
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Posted: Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 7:18 pm

£1120 raised for St Michael’s in Linlithgow

The choir were delighted to once again perform in the magnificent St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow on Saturday 29 April 2017 – and were even more pleased to learn that £1120 was raised for the church as a result! This money will go towards an ongoing project to redevelop sections of Cross House, a wonderful community resource belonging to the church.
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Posted: Monday 1 May 2017 at 5:17 pm

Another Full House

A huge Thank you! to the wonderful audience who packed out Polwarth Parish Church, overflowing into the Gallery, last night.

If your cheers at the end of the concert were anything to go by, you clearly enjoyed both our fabulous young soloist (an amazing young singer, who will go far!  It was a real privilege to share the stage with her) and our own wide-ranging programme of Christmas music – everything from “Mozart” to Maxwell Davies.

We wish you and all our Friends and followers a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!  And we hope to see you all again at our 2017 concerts


Posted: Sunday 11 December 2016 at 10:27 pm

Cadenza welcomes our latest young soloist

Isla MacEwan
Always keen to promote and encourage new talent, we are delighted to introduce the up-and-coming young soprano, Isla MacEwan, as soloist in our Cadenza at Christmas 2016 concert.

Isla is an Edinburgh girl who began singing with the National Youth Choirs of Scotland. She attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department for the final three years of her secondary education studying singing and classical guitar. While there, she became the Regional Winner of Rotary Young Musician of the Year for both classical guitar and singing. She also won the Oratorio Prize at the Edinburgh Music Festival and was highly commended in the Alex Elrick Memorial Competition.

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Posted: Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 6:48 pm

Two hours of sublime music from one of Scotland’s foremost choral ensembles.

Could there be a more wonderful end to a concert enjoyed by all – performers and audience, not to mention our critic, who rewarded us with another Highly recommended show review. And we had another full house too!

The full text can be found on our Reviews page, as well as on the Fringe Review website.

A selection of the comments received so far from our audience:
For some of my friends last night was their first experience of live “serious” choral music…and all were blown away by the beautiful sounds created by choir, orchestra and piano

An amazing concert, so beautiful and moving

Richard Beauchamp playing Beethoven Choral Fantasy was just phenomenal

I greatly enjoyed last night’s sparkling concert

An amazing concert in stunning surroundings

Very professionally delivered

A MASTERCLASS of a concert. It is without doubt one of the best sounds from a choir, I’ve heard in a long time…just breathtaking

A brilliant evening – one Saturday night I won’t forget

One audience member declared “Gebet” her new favourite piece of music, closely followed by the Cherubini “Agnus Dei”. She was almost moved to tears by both of them.

And the conclusion of our reviewer?
An uplifting, moving and high quality rendition of some complex music. I’ve already put their 2017 Fringe date in my diary. So should you.

It’s Saturday 26th August 2017!

Posted: Monday 29 August 2016 at 1:36 pm

Meet our 2016 Fringe soloist

Richard Beauchamp
Cadenza is delighted to welcome Richard Beauchamp as our Guest at the 2016 Fringe concert. He will accompany the choir for the two works by Schubert, and feature as soloist in Beethoven’s sparkling ‘Choral Fantasy’.

Richard began his long and distinguished career in New Zealand, where he studied with former Godowsky pupil Ernest Empson. Prior to continuing his studies with Kendall Taylor and Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music in London, he was a soloist with the NZ Symphony Orchestra and other NZ orchestras, as well as an established recitalist. He joined the staff of St Mary’s Music School in 1977 where, until his semi retirement in 2014, he was Head of Keyboard and for many years Director of Chamber Music.
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Posted: Thursday 28 July 2016 at 11:40 am

CBE for founder member of Cadenza in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Steven Torrie QFSM
We are proud to announce that Steven Torrie QFSM, lately HM Chief Inspector, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, has been made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to fire and rescue in Scotland, and offer him our warmest congratulations.

Steven joined Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade in 1975, working his way up the ranks in various fire stations. He became Chief of Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Services 2006 – 2010, before being appointed HM Chief Inspector. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for distinguished Service in the 2005 New Years Honours list.>
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Posted: Monday 13 June 2016 at 5:46 pm

Cadenza’s Charity Fundraising Total Rises Again

We are delighted to report that the Erskine Christmas Concert on 17th December, in which Cadenza was the principal guest performer, raised the magnificent total of £1,884.24, Erskine’s highest total ever!
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Posted: Friday 15 January 2016 at 12:45 pm

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