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Simon Keenlyside & Friends

Jazz and cabaret from Gershwin, Berlin, Weill and Kern

Baritone Simon Keenlyside is one of the UK’s most prized singers, celebrated on opera and concert stages worldwide for his exquisite tone, his nuanced expression, and the intelligence and honesty he brings to his captivating, dramatic interpretations.

Simon Keenlyside is a regular, and admired, visitor to Edinburgh International Festival stages. For his 2016 International Festival recital, however, he makes a departure from his perhaps expected classical Lieder repertoire.

Keenlyside joins a quintet of some of the finest young British jazz musicians for a foot-tapping concert delving into the energy and emotion of Broadway songs, and exploring their origins in the European traditions of sparkling operetta and subversive Berlin cabaret.

I can’t think of another baritone who can match him for beautiful tone, nuance of expression and immaculate diction.

The Sunday Times

Simon Keenlyside Baritone

Howard McGill Saxophone / Clarinet / Flute / Piccolo
Gordon Campbell Trombone
Richard Pryce Double bass
Matthew Regan Piano
Mike Smith Drums / Percussion

Songs by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern and Emmerich Kálmán

More information about some of the artists

Simon Keenlyside

Howard McGill

Gordon Campbell

Mike Smith

11 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.