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Herald Angel awards for the 2017 International Festival
This year, seven Herald Angel awards - organised by The Herald with support from the Festival & King's Theatres - went to International Festival artists. And there was even one very special Herald Archangel going to a member of our staff! Read on to find out who won and join us in congratulating them.
The Herald Angels are presented at the end of each week during August to recognise excellence in Edinburgh’s festivals. The Angel awards are also joined by a supreme Archangel, given to someone who has made a valued contribution over a number of years.
Most recently, on Saturday 26 August 2017, the International Festival dominated the awards ceremony.
Vox Motus and its entire talented team were awarded a Herald Angel for their wonderful production of Flight.
Teatro Regio Torino and maestro Gianandrea Noseda joined the group of award-winners thanks to their stunning production of Macbeth, part of their 2017 International Festival residency. Maestro Noseda said that he felt honoured winning this award for presenting the "Scottish play" in Scotland. He said: "imagine a Scottish company winning an award for their production of La traviata in Italy!" We also found out that he shares his birthday with William Shakespeare.
Zinnie Harris was awarded an Angel for her three works in the theatre programme this year: Rhinoceros, Meet Me at Dawn and Oresteia: This Restless House which impressed the audiences and critics alike.
Nederlands Dans Theater got their Herald Angel for the mesmerising triple bill of Shoot the Moon, The missing door and Stop-Motion, after returning to the International Festival after many years.
Finally, there was a special Herald Archangel award going to our very own Head of Creative Learning, Sally Hobson, for 25 years of imaginative and important work at the International Festival.
Earlier in the month, the International Festival artists who were awarded Herald Angels included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, who were recognised for their beautiful and passionate playing in Die Walküre; Barry McGovern for his portrayal of Krapp in Beckett's one-man-show Krapp's Last Tape; and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras and English Baroque Soloists for the three incredible Monteverdi operas L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea.
We love seeing our artists get recognition for their hard work and wonderful productions - congratulations to all our winners!
The Herald Angels © Beth Chalmers