Greyfriar’s Kirk, Edinburgh

Concert, with Cadenza Choir:

“Cadenza was founded in August 1992 by a group of singers who were keen to be more than “just another Edinburgh choir”. Now regarded as one of Edinburgh’s leading mixed-voice choirs, with a reputation that extends throughout Scotland and into Northern England, there is no doubt that it has achieved this goal.

Cadenza’s first major triumph came in 1996 when it won the Scotland & North England Heat of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition – a success which the choir then repeated two years later, at the 1998 competition. On the second occasion Cadenza’s programme included the first performance of Daring To…, written by leading contemporary Scottish composer, Eddie McGuire. This was the first movement of Three Chorales of Struggle, a suite of three Scottish songs commissioned by Cadenza with the support of the Scottish Arts Council and Making Music. The world premiere of the full suite took place in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh in May 1998, shortly after the Choir of the Year competition, both a capella and accompanied by McGuire’s folk ensemble, The Whistlebinkies.”