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The Churches and The Festival

Thomas Baldwin and Jackie Macadam take a look at the churches’ contributions to Edinburgh’s festival season
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An Edinburgh chapel is introducing a new element to the month-long Festival Fringe this summer: a week-long focus on the sacred arts.

The Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts, showcasing sacred music, iconography, loral art and religious poetry, will take place in St Vincent’s Chapel, an Episcopal church in Stockbridge.

The week will open on Sunday August 12 with a celebration of 1929 Scottish Liturgy, using William Byrd’s famous four-part Mass, at which the Rev Professor David Fergusson, Principal of New College, will be the preacher.

The Chapel will be open throughout the week. An exhibition of icons, curated by Basia Mfindewicz, Director of Edinburgh School of Icon Painting Exhibition, will run from Monday to Saturday, with icons on sale, and two practical demonstrations to introduce this highly distinctive art to potential iconographers.

Two evening recitals will ofer audiences a chance to hear rarely performed works by major composers. On August 12 the Edinburgh Quartet will play Joseph Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’ in Haydn’s own arrangement for quartet. A special feature of this performance is the interspersing of newly commissioned poems by the young American poet Jennifer Rawson.

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