Updated: Mar 31, 2020
Whitburn Band is looking forward to performing at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival for the second consecutive year.
The band will play Sir James MacMillan’s poignant oratorio All the Hills and Vales Along – written to commemorate those who died in the First World War – with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) and conductor Christopher Bell.
The concert – which has already sold out – will be held on Friday, August 16 at Greyfriars Kirk.
It is part of a five-concert series at the International Festival featuring the work of Sir James to mark his 60th birthday. Other ensembles performing the composer’s works include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Sixteen and the Nash Ensemble.
Other performers featuring at this year’s International Festival include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel, the National Theatre of Great Britain, actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen, and the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.
It is the second year in a row that Whitburn will perform at the most prestigious arts festival in the world.