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Les Colombes @ St Giles

Following a series of stunning installations in recent years for Burns&Beyond at St. Giles’ Cathedral, we are thrilled to return to the landmark building and welcome German artist Michael Pendry to Scotland for his first installation with the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on year’s past and look ahead into 2022.This sculpture is arranged to give new life to our Cathedral, embody our resolve to be kind to our fellow human, and to do our part in making a better tomorrow.Les Colombes has previously appeared in Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England; St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; Mount Zion in Jerusalem; Heilig-Geist Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Grace Cathedral San Francisco and most recently the National Cathedral Washington.Michael Pendry said: ‘The Les Colombes installation has found homes of some of the world’s most iconic sacred spaces, and now I’m thrilled to exhibit this piece in Edinburgh’s St. Giles’ Cathedral, where it can challenge and engage new audiences, both in-person and virtually’ said Pendry.We want as many people as possible to get involved in the creation of Les Colombes and to show the strength and power of Edinburgh as a community. You can create your own paper Dove to be flown as part of the installation, full details to follow.

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The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral – Wings of Peace

Burns&Beyond are proud to present <strong>The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral</strong>, for a very special evening choral music <strong>Wings of Peace</strong>, performed beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation, which sees over 2,500 paper doves fly the length of the Cathedral.Curated and produced by Michael Harris – Master of the Music, the Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral along with organist Jordan English, will performance choral music on the themes of peace, hope and reconciliation featuring music by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Elgar, MacMillan and Esenvalds.Covid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

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Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars, and Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again accompanied by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.A native Gaelic speaker, Chaimbeul’s style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award-winning piper Niall Stewart.Working closely with O’Rourke, Chaimbeul has devised a completely new way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the smallpipes; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like quality in the tunes.‘It feels simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct, led by the peculiar, beautiful sound of the smallpipes.’ Guardian‘In a highlight of early 2019 releases, Hebridean piper Brìghde Chaimbeul gives Scottish folk a startlingly contemporary feel.’ The Quietus Covid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

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Rachel Newton (solo-acoustic)

A special solo-acoustic performance from singer and harpist Rachel Newton, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation. Rachel’s music draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique, earning her a SAY Award 2021 shortlist nomination for her critically acclaimed album ‘To The Awe’. In addition to her solo work, Rachel is a skilled collaborator and founder member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective and The Lost Words: Spell Songs.To The Awe, Rachel’s ambitious new album, places women at the centre of the narrative, at various stages of life and often marking a coming of age and an acquisition of power. The record is a tribute to the women who have inspired Rachel and is influenced by her recent work around the representation of women in the music industry.'A striking, pertinent, and entirely enthralling album’ Folk Radio'One of the standout musicians of her generation..a really distinctive music maker' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2'The Sound of Modern Scotland' The Herald'Haunting and compelling' **** Guardian‘Breaking new ground as a fresh approach to the tradition’ **** Songlines Magazinewww.rachelnewtonmusic.comCovid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

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Les Colombes @ St Giles

Following a series of stunning installations in recent years for Burns&Beyond at St. Giles’ Cathedral, we are thrilled to return to the landmark building and welcome German artist Michael Pendry to Scotland for his first installation with the beautiful Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on year’s past and look ahead into 2022.This sculpture is arranged to give new life to our Cathedral, embody our resolve to be kind to our fellow human, and to do our part in making a better tomorrow.Les Colombes has previously appeared in Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England; St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; Mount Zion in Jerusalem; Heilig-Geist Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Grace Cathedral San Francisco and most recently the National Cathedral Washington.Michael Pendry said: ‘The Les Colombes installation has found homes of some of the world’s most iconic sacred spaces, and now I’m thrilled to exhibit this piece in Edinburgh’s St. Giles’ Cathedral, where it can challenge and engage new audiences, both in-person and virtually’ said Pendry.We want as many people as possible to get involved in the creation of Les Colombes and to show the strength and power of Edinburgh as a community. You can create your own paper Dove to be flown as part of the installation, full details to follow.

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The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral – Wings of Peace

Burns&Beyond are proud to present <strong>The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral</strong>, for a very special evening choral music <strong>Wings of Peace</strong>, performed beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation, which sees over 2,500 paper doves fly the length of the Cathedral.Curated and produced by Michael Harris – Master of the Music, the Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral along with organist Jordan English, will performance choral music on the themes of peace, hope and reconciliation featuring music by Mendelssohn, Fauré, Elgar, MacMillan and Esenvalds.Covid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

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Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars, and Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again accompanied by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.A native Gaelic speaker, Chaimbeul’s style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award-winning piper Niall Stewart.Working closely with O’Rourke, Chaimbeul has devised a completely new way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the smallpipes; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like quality in the tunes.‘It feels simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct, led by the peculiar, beautiful sound of the smallpipes.’ Guardian‘In a highlight of early 2019 releases, Hebridean piper Brìghde Chaimbeul gives Scottish folk a startlingly contemporary feel.’ The Quietus Covid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

Location St Giles' Cathedral

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Rachel Newton (solo-acoustic)

A special solo-acoustic performance from singer and harpist Rachel Newton, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation. Rachel’s music draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique, earning her a SAY Award 2021 shortlist nomination for her critically acclaimed album ‘To The Awe’. In addition to her solo work, Rachel is a skilled collaborator and founder member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective and The Lost Words: Spell Songs.To The Awe, Rachel’s ambitious new album, places women at the centre of the narrative, at various stages of life and often marking a coming of age and an acquisition of power. The record is a tribute to the women who have inspired Rachel and is influenced by her recent work around the representation of women in the music industry.'A striking, pertinent, and entirely enthralling album’ Folk Radio'One of the standout musicians of her generation..a really distinctive music maker' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2'The Sound of Modern Scotland' The Herald'Haunting and compelling' **** Guardian‘Breaking new ground as a fresh approach to the tradition’ **** Songlines Magazinewww.rachelnewtonmusic.comCovid-19 Safety Protocols - In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.- If Scottish Government guidance changes to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member.

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