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Musical Banquet - A Feast for your Ears!

Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 13:00
St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. If music be the food of love Z 379 - Henry Purcell
  2. White as lilies was her face - John Dowland
  3. Her rosy cheeks - Thomas Campion
  4. With fragrant flowers - Francis Pilkington
  5. Comin' thro the Rye - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  6. Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  7. My love is like a red, red Rose - Traditional Scottish, words by Robert Burns
  8. Durisdeer - We'll meet nae mair at sunset - Traditional Scottish
  9. Wi' a hundred pipers - Lady Carolina Nairne
  10. Come Love, let's walk - Anonymous
  11. Underneath a cypress shade - Francis Pilkington
  12. O sweet woods - John Dowland
  13. Man is for the woman made - Henry Purcell
  14. Pious Celinda Z410 - Henry Purcell
  15. The knotting song - Henry Purcell
  16. 'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town, from The Mock Marriage Z.605 - Henry Purcell

Now in their tenth year, the critically acclaimed Oxfordshire early music trio Musical Banquet will be returning to Scotland and making an eagerly anticipated first visit to perform in St Cecila’s Hall, in the heart of the city of Edinburgh’s Old Town, at 1pm on Tuesday 10th July 2018. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up a delectable menu of musical delicacies including vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Campion and Purcell, along with some of their contemporaries, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

Originally opened in 1763 , St Cecilia’s Hall, dedicated to the patron saint of musicians, is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland and home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world. This Category A listed Georgian venue, now belonging to the University of Edinburgh, is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgateand just off the Royal Mile. It was designed by the Scottish architect Robert Mylne who also designed Blackfriars Bridge in London. The elegant oval Sypert Concert Room on the first floor of the building, where today's event will be staged has been in continuous use since the eighteenth century.

This historic building makes a fine backdrop for today’s unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with countertenor voice, in a period setting, much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. An eclectic selection of music will include some 'sweet treats' from one of England’s finest composers, Henry Purcell and the 'gourmet menu’ features a special tribute to the Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns. With plenty of surprises along the way, the afternoon will be presented in the trio’s characteristically lively, entertaining and imaginative style. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

There is no charge for admission but donations are invited in aid of St Cecilia's Hall and the Music Museum.

Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’. ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’. ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ 'The intimate weaving of music with witty and entertaining repartee, made for a relaxed yet inspiring experience‘ 'Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

St Cecilia's Hall
50 Niddry Street
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