Scottish Opera star joins local choir for Fringe

St Andrew Camerata. Picture: Contributed
St Andrew Camerata. Picture: Contributed
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IT sells out every year, but this August there’s another reason to ensure you get your tickets for St Andrew Camerata’s Festival performances of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem - the Edinburgh Choir will be joined by Scottish Opera star Andy McTaggart.

McTaggart, whose roles with the company have included Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance will sing the baritone solos in the magical atmosphere of Old St Paul’s Church, on Jeffrey Street.

St Andrew Camerata have, over the last seven sell-out years, carved a regular niche for themselves at the Festival with their performances which have become a must see and one of the hottest classical music tickets on the Fringe.

The choir, under director and founder Vincent Wallace, will also sing the popular Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure.

Wallace says, “We are delighted to have Andy singing with us, as he is simply one of the finest voices of his generation.

“These concerts form a special part of our annual programme, and the packed, candlelit building creates a spell-binding atmosphere.

“When I invited Andy to sing it came as no surprise when he told me that this was one of his favourite works; this year’s concerts promise to be better than ever.”

St Andrew Camerata: Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Old St Paul’s Church, Jeffrey Street, 10 and 17 August, 10pm, £15, 0131-226 0000