Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO & Special Guests
- Òrain nan Gàidheal: Songs of the Gael featuring the BBC SSO & Special Guests
- Dih, 26. Am Faoilleach 2018, 19:30 h
- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow
Until Alan Lomax and Hamish Henderson began championing its true exponents, back in the 1950s, pretty much the only way Gaelic song was widely heard - outwith its Highland and Hebridean heartlands – was in the kind of douce, drawing-room versions, tamed and contorted into conformity with classical scales, which subsequently became anathema to devotees of the tradition. It’s taken a while – during which other countries’ vocal treasures, from Portuguese fado to Hindustani singing, have been successfully orchestrated – but the authentic, buoyantly revitalised sound and spirit of Scotland’s Gàidhealtachd today can now confidently and fruitfully re-engage with classical forms, on a footing of mutual respect.
Hence tonight’s unprecedented collaboration, which sees a crème-de-la-crème array of contemporary Gaelic singers - Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Kathleen MacInnes, Arthur Cormack, Robert Robertson, Isobel Ann Martin, Kim Carnie and Mischa Macpherson – performing amid brand-new orchestral arrangements of their chosen material, premièred by the full massed ranks of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
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