Five, Free Commissions To Be Streamed from Edinburgh International Festival 2022

Submitted by edg on Wed, 27 Jul '22 11.16am
William Barton plays the didgeridoo

The Edinburgh International Festival will again stream a programme of specially commissioned recordings this November as part of its At Home strand, sponsored by global investment brand abrdn.

The five very different performances are being shot by Glasgow-based production company Forest of Black in classic Edinburgh locations and will be presented for free, worldwide.

The commissions include Edinburgh Makar Hannah Lavery, Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, British pianist and conductor Wayne Marshall, Australian didgeridoo player William Barton, and Scottish Ballet performing a new commission choreographed by Nicholas Shoesmith.

The films will feature locations such as the winding city streets of Edinburgh's Old Town and the windswept promontory Salisbury Crags and Palace of Holyroodhouse in Holyrood Park.

The At Home programme also features two full-length concerts captured in full, at broadcast quality, including the joyful, epic Closing Concert. Sir Andrew Davis will conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius from the Usher Hall, featuring the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

A series of exclusive music sessions captured backstage throughout the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival will feature the Takács Quartet, pioneering early music performer Jordi Savall with members of his Hespèrion XXI ensemble, Gaelic vocal trio Sian performing as part of Niteworks: Comann, Iranian classical musician Aref Ghorbani, and the Scottish indie rock duo Arab Strap. 

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director at Edinburgh International Festival, said abrdn's continued sponsorship enabled the EIF to provide the content free of charge.

“Following the success of our At Home programme in 2021, we are thrilled to continue our digital work with this programme of work created especially for online audiences. I hope our At Home programme gives audiences at home the opportunity to engage with the Festival in a different way and discover their new favourite artist or piece of music."

This is the second year that abrdn have sponsored the At Home strand. Formerly called Standard Life, the company has its head-quarters in Edinburgh's St Andrew Square.

Find the Edinburgh International Festival At Home in partnership with abrdn here.

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