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"Welcome to Distant Voices, our virtual festival which took place on the 17th October on World Singing Day, with a delicious mix of pre-festival events for you to enjoy too. All performances our now available to Catch Up on following the links below. Please note that the events went live 5-10mins early with a holding screen so you may have to fast forward to the start of each performance. Do get in touch with us (via social media or if you have any problems with access, or to let us know your thoughts ." 

Amanda, Festival Director



Wednesday 14th October, 1.10pm

Watch on catch up below!

As part of LAIDLAW LIVE, soprano Alycia Fashae and pianist Amy Chang take you on a journey beyond the sea with music by Elgar, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.



Saturday 17th October, 7.00am

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St Salvator's Chapel Choir and their Director, Claire Innes-Hopkins start our busy Distant Voices day with a Dawn Chorus of beautiful music filmed in St Andrews.



Saturday 17th October, 9.00am

Walks around St Andrews

We have all enjoyed getting outdoors over the past few months, so we hope you enjoy our coastal walks around St Andrews with accompanying playlist to enjoy on your feet or from your armchair.

More soon


Saturday 17th October, 11.00am

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SK Shlomo knows how it feels to be on top of the world. For over a decade, the genre-defying, award-winning, recording-breaking beatboxer, producer and live-looper has set new standards for his craft.



Saturday 17th October, 2.00pm

Streamed from St Andrews

We launch our digital education project bringing Ellie Jackson's stories to life with music and environmental messaging in collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society. 



Saturday 17th October, 5.00pm

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Friends for over ten years, Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018) and Lawrence Smith (Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre of Scotland, Avenue Q) are thrilled to perform together for the first time - albeit at six feet apart.



Saturday 17th October, 9.00pm

LIVE from Laidlaw Music Centre

Through collaboration, cultures will merge, blending voice, piano, and tabla, with elements of improvisation and conversation. An innovative soundscape will be created live, as the musicians explore a woman’s journey through dusk.



Friday 16th October, 1.10pm
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As part of LAIDLAW LIVE, vocal students from the University of St Andrews perform a varied concert as part of the Music Society's Lunchtime Concert Series.

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Saturday 17th October, 8.00am

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Harry Christophers and members of The Sixteen perform a specially curated performance for 'Distant Voices' - enjoy with a strong coffee and the Saturday papers. 



Saturday 17th October, 10.00am

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A NYCoS Mini Music Makers session led by Karen Clark. Songs, games and rhymes to enjoy with your wee ones.

10.00 Session 1: babies up to 1 year

10.30 Session 2 - toddlers up to 3 years



Saturday 17th October, 12.00pm

via Zoom

Dawn Hartley and Quee MacArthur, directors of Sea Path, offer an online physical warm up for singers. With live music played by Quee to accompany the moves, the session is intended as a gentle preparation for the day's singing. 



Saturday 17th October, 3.00pm

Via Zoom

If you are curious to learn more about Singing For Lung Health and Well-being, then join Rachel for an introductory workshop session via Zoom,

as part of Distant Voices.

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Saturday 17th October, 6.00pm

Performed from Glasgow

Singing for Dementia is an important part of St Andrews Voices' year round activity. In 2020, we partnered with Live Music Now Scotland to present a series of digital performances for our community. Voice and Verse perform for you today. 



Saturday 17th October, 10.00pm

Sung from London

A musical meditation from Harry Christophers and members of The Sixteen to close St Andrews Voices 2020.

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Friday 16th October, 7.00pm
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Enjoy the sounds of Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, who has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.



Saturday 17th October, 9.00am

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Festival Director, Amanda MacLeod is joined by Chris Bragg of the University's Music Centre to introduce 'Distant Voices' and portray the history behind singing in St Andrews



Saturday 17th October, 10.00am


Singing enthusiasts are invited to take part in a Choral Workshop with Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan and members of The Sixteen. 



Saturday 17th October, 1.00pm

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Sisters, Alison and Fiona McNeill perform the first LIVE of the day, join us for this lunchtime concert featuring foot tapping tunes and haunting traditional melodies. 

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Saturday 17th October, 4.00pm

Recorded in St Andrews

A look back and a look forward at our partnership with light projection artists, Luxmuralis, who will return in 2021 to celebrate the history of Singing in St Andrews.



Saturday 17th October, 7.00pm

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The Launch of the St Andrews Scots Songbook which we intend to publish at our 2022 festival to mark VisitScotland’s Year of Scottish Stories.

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Sunday 18th October, 11.00am

LIVE from St Salvator's Chapel

Live and in person from St Salvator's Chapel, St Andrews, the annual Festival Service which is a celebration of music and faith. 

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