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Whitburn take Hills and Vales to Edinburgh stage

The Scottish Open champion will make a second appearance at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival.

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  The band will be making its second appearance at the prestigious event.

Whitburn Band is looking forward to performing at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival for the second consecutive year.

The Scottish Open champion will perform Sir James MacMillan's poignant oratorio 'All the Hills and Vales Along' with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) and conductor Christopher Bell. The work was written to commemorate those who died in the First World War.

Sold out

The sold out concert will be held on Friday, August 16th at Greyfriars Kirk, and is part of a five-concert series at the International Festival that will celebrate the 60th birthday of the renowned composer.

Other ensembles performing his works include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen and the Nash Ensemble, whilst the festival will also feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the London Symphony Orchestra led by Sir Simon Rattle.

This event allows the band the opportunity to reconnect with the music of Sir James MacMillan and with Christopher Bell — the musical director for the event. The event promises to be very specialWhitburn Band

Reconnect

It is the second year in a row that Whitburn will perform at the most prestigious arts festival in the world. Last year they played as part of Lau Land at the Leith Theatre to a capacity audience, with Band Chairman Charlie Farren telling 4BR; "The band is delighted to be invited to perform once again at the Festival.

This event allows the band the opportunity to reconnect with the music of Sir James MacMillan and with Christopher Bell — the musical director for the event. The event promises to be very special and we are excited to be associated with what will be great musical spectacle."

Image: David Wilkinson

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