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The Parish Church of St Cuthbert

5 Lothian Road


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Come and Sing Messiah, one of the all time classics of choral music, and raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK. Your money will help scientists find a cure for this terrible disease.

If you've sung Messiah before, are a member of a choir, or used to be, then this event is for you. We’ll rehearse in the afternoon with the orchestra and after a short break perform the complete Messiah beginning at 6.30pm.

We will use Novello (Watkins Shaw edition) scores. Please bring your own score if you have one; if not we will have some for hire. Please order your hire copy online, for collection at the church on the day, when you buy your ticket.

We are delighted that we will be joined by Mhairi Lawson, soprano; Louise Innes, alto; John Marshall, tenor, and Brian Bannatyne-Scott, bass, and accompanied by Orchestra of the Canongait, conducted by Robert Dick. Robert Dick is a fabulously inspiring and passionate conductor of choirs and orchestras. He is currently the conductor of Dundee Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Romance Orchestra and Orchestra of the Canongait and Musical Director of Anstruther Philharmonic Society. His operatic and choral credits include Julius Caesar, Carmen, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovani, The Magic Flute, Fidelio, Messiah, Dido and Aeneas, B minor Mass and Mozart's Requiem.

Rehearsal Timings:

1.00pm doors open for Come and Sing check in

Singers will sit in individual choral parts

2.00 – 3.30pm Rehearsal for choir and orchestra

3.30 – 3.50pm Short tea break (tea and coffee/soft drinks available)

3.50 – 5.15pm Rehearsal for choir and orchestra

5.15 – 6.15pm Bring your own picnic tea break

6.30pm – Our performance will begin at 6.30pm; audience tickets are available.

There will be two intervals during the performance:

after Part One there will be 20 mins and after Part Two there will be 5 mins


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Trains to Edinburgh Waverley.

Bus numbers 1, 34, or 22 from top of Waverley steps or bus numbers 10 or 11 from Scott Monument. Get off at first stop after the bus leaves Princes Street and turns into Lothian Road.

Parking in Castle Terrace carpark should be available but is very expensive.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring a Novello (Watkins Shaw edition) vocal score if you have one. If not you can order a hire copy, for collection at the church on the day, when you buy tickets online. (Alternatively email catherine@cathbrown.com to request a hire copy)

Wear what you feel comfortable in but smartish. You will have to wear it all day and evening and there won't be anywhere to change. Please take your coat and bag with you to your seat. There will be a place at the back of the church for bigger bags/suitcases etc (but stored at your own risk)

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Cath Baxter: catherine@cathbrown.com - 07754 857729

Sally Hampton: sally@hampton-energy.com - 07801 131157

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, anyone can use it

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket with you.

What is the refund policy?

If you can't come, your money will go to Alzheimer's Research UK, Sorry no refunds but please find someone else to take your place if you can.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?


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