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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

Fantastic standard of performance!

That was John Brunning’s verdict after playing Ding Dong! Merrily on High on today’s Classic FM Drive.

If you missed it, you can listen again when it’s uploaded to the Classic FM website after the show. We featured at 18.26. You’ll also find us on the Classic FM playlist, though there’s no link to listen again from there.

You can of course also listen to previews and download this and any of the other tracks from Bright Star, or buy the CD if you don’t already have a copy, on our CD page. Great Christmas presents!

Posted: Monday 7 December 2015 at 8:04 pm

We made the final five!

Classic FM logo
Hot off the press, we are delighted to confirm that Cadenza was selected as one for the final five Making Music groups to be broadcast on Classic FM Drive on Monday 7th December at around 6.20pm.

We are also flying the flag for Scotland, being the only Scottish choir chosen – the other four being from Sheffield, Reading, London and Sutton Coldfield. Entirely appropriate of course, as the track to be broadcast is from our 2012 Christmas CD Bright Star, a unique collection contemporary carols, almost all of which have a Scottish connection.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year!

Posted: Friday 4 December 2015 at 8:41 pm

Cadenza shortlisted for Christmas broadcast on Classic FM

Classic FM logoClassic FM is once again joining forces with Making Music to offer amateur music ensembles around the country the opportunity to have one of their recordings broadcast on Classic FM Drive during the week beginning 7th December.

Making Music logoAll Making Music member groups (singers and instrumentalists) were eligible to apply, and with only 1 track to be played each day (5 in total), and 170,000 music makers in the member groups, the competition has been intense!

We are delighted that Cadenza has made it to the shortlist.  This doesn’t guarantee inclusion in the final 5 of course, but we have chosen a lively and different new arrangement of a well known carol as our entry, so keep your fingers crossed and watch this space!

Posted: Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 12:25 am

Cadenza on BBC Radio 3 again

Following on from Debussy’s Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves), Breakfast on 3 played Autumn Leaves from our 2004 CD Voices of Joy as part of an Autumn-themed programme on Sunday 25th October. And we didn’t even ask them to this time!

Listen again at Morning on 3 about 20 minutes into the programme.

You can of course listen to the whole of what was an very enjoyable, seasonal programme – just don’t forget to listen out for us!

Posted: Friday 30 October 2015 at 11:24 am

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