Music for Bonnie Prince Charlie and other popular songs is the title of the Garleton Singers summer concert.
This year our Haddington Festival performance is also the finale of the choir’s 2011-2012 season. With the summer holidays upon us we take you on a musical geography and history tour of Britain. ‘I Landed with Seven Men’ is local composer Ken Johnston’s new arrangement of songs about the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It follows the rise and fall of the Jacobites: the initial landing in the West Highlands; the high point of the battle won just a few miles from Haddington, near Prestonpans; the optimism of the march into England; the eventual escape of the Young Pretender over the sea to Skye; and the final romantic longing for the return of the Prince. Prepare for marching, bagpipes and drums and have your handkerchiefs ready for the sad ending!
The other main work is John Rutter’s lovely choral arrangement of folk songs of the British Isles. These transport us to the four quarters of Britain. We’ll meet soldiers, millers and longing lovers on the way.
The choir will be under the baton of Stephen Doughty, accompaniment by George Wilson.
This will be a shortish performance (1.30 hrs).There will be no interval but we hope you will join us for a drink afterwards.
Where? St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington
When? May 28th at 7.30
Tickets? £12 adults; £8 students; £3 children. From choir members, Haddington Festival Office (Corn Exchange) or on the door.