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Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edward Gardner conducts Strauss and MacMillan

Two immensely powerful reflections on our existence, performed by a celebrated International Festival music partnership.

James MacMillan Quickening 
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Birth, life, struggles and triumphs: two immensely powerful reflections on our existence, performed by a celebrated International Festival music partnership.

Sir James MacMillan’s epic cantata examines the drama and joy of birth and new life, blending expectant wonder with awe-struck mystery, mystical spirituality with volatile energy.

British conductor Edward Gardner and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have been highly praised for their explosive collaborations at the International Festival in recent years.

Richard Strauss’s all-encompassing Ein Heldenleben tells the life story of a hero – his loves, his battles with enemies, his ultimate victory – in music of huge power, dignity, and vivid sonic picture-painting.

Gardner and the RSNO are joined by the outstanding vocal forces of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the RSNO Junior Chorus and The King’s Singers for Quickening.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra 
Edward Gardner Conductor

The King’s Singers

Edinburgh Festival Chorus 
Aidan Oliver Chorus Director

RSNO Junior Chorus

James MacMillan Quickening 
Strauss Ein Heldenleben


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10 August 2019

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

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