Edinburgh-based Voces Inauditae who specialise in the works of lesser known and women composers of choral music will be performing Emily Doolittle’s Blackberry and Potato Wassails and the premiere of Alison Willis’ Swansong in a concert in Edinburgh on Sunday 3rd March. Proceeds from the concert will be shared between Voces Inauditae choir fund and the charity Trees for Life.
Taking the English tradition of Wassailing apple trees to encourage a good harvest which has seen a renaissance in recent years, Emily Doolittle’s work sets specially composed words by poet Forrest Pierce written, celebrating some other crops. Doolittle say “His words so perfectly captured the spirit that I wanted to portray that it felt like these pieces practically wrote themselves!”. Three Summer Wassails (the third being Mushroom) was written with the support of a Canada Council Grant to Professionals and premiered by the Midlands Chorale.
Alison Willis’ Swansong combines the the tragic traditional folksong ‘Polly Vaughan’ with 2000 year-old latin text by Hispanic-Roman poet Martial. You can find out more about this work from the composer on her blog.
Sunday 3 March, 7.30pm
Walk in Beauty – Stories of the Land
St Columba’s by the Castle