On 7th June Cadenza takes to the stage of Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall again, alongside Edinburgh Concert Band, to present a sparkling evening of summer music featuring film themes and easy-listening vocal and band music in aid of Waverley Care.
Founded in 1989 Waverley Care has expanded and developed its services to include – not just for those infected with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, but also their partners, close family members and carers -organising out of school holiday programmes, providing confidential counselling, and chaplaincy for people of all faiths or none, to the managing Crusaid Hardship Fund.
This is not Cadenza’s only outing for charity. In the past year alone £5000 has been raised for charities including Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, Edinburgh Erskine which provides nursing and medical care for young and old ex-Service men and women, the historic Athelstaneford Church, Chogoria Hospital in Kenya, and Seeds of Hope in Romania.
What is Cadenza?
Formed only in 1992, Cadenza is now considered to be one of Scotland’s finest and most exciting amateur mixed voice choirs. Under the direction of Musical Director Jenny Sumerling the choir continues to go from strength to strength and in recent years has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3, 4 and Scotland, and Classic FM. In 2002, thanks to funding from the Scottish Arts Council, the choir celebrated its 10th Anniversary by commissioning its own music. This unique and beautifully atmospheric piece based on fragments from a 14th century manuscript found in Inchcolm Abbey has since attracted much praise from audience and critics alike.
The choir’s wide-ranging repertoire includes folk, jazz and popular songs, as well as Renaissance church music, major choral works and contemporary classics (a small selection can be found on its two CDs). If your taste is lighter music, please join the Cadenza and Edinburgh Concert Band in the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 7th June at 7.30pm and help Waverley Care continue its invaluable work.
Cadenza can also be heard again at the Fringe Festival on Saturday 16th August at 8pm in Greyfriars Kirk with a Celebration of St Cecilia – a more classical programme featuring works by Purcell, Britten and Johnston, as well as Handel’s electrifying Zadok the Priest. Visit www.cadenza.org.uk for more details of this and other concerts in 2008.
And if you enjoy singing, why not apply to join the Cadenza? Contact the choir’s Membership Secretary (tel: 0131 662 8721) to find out how.