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Cathedral choir launches St Giles record label

Cathedral choir launches St Giles record label

St Giles Cathedral, in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, is launching its own record label with a concert on Friday.

The first release on the Aegidius label will be O Clap Your Hands, featuring the St Giles Cathedral Choir singing through a century of choral music from 1914. It will include works by Sally Beamish, pictured, Cecilia McDowall and Kenneth Leighton alongside recent commissions from young Edinburgh composers Chris Hutchings and Stuart Murray-Mitchell.

It will be followed by On Christmas Night, a sequence of 21 carols, including a new setting of There Is No Rose by local composer Andrew Carvel and arrangements by assistant organist at St Giles, Peter Backhouse.

The concert, with selections from both discs will be given by the choir, directed by Master of the Music Michael Harris with Backhouse at the organ from 8pm on Friday, admission £10.

l stgilescathedral.org.uk

Hamish gives

directing tips

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, better known as Bafta, in Scotland is hosting a materclass on Multi-Camera Directing, at BBC Scotland in Pacific Quay, Glasgow, on Thursday from 6.30pm.

The man sharing his expertise is Hamish Hamilton, whose name features on millions of global DVD releases, as well as in the credits for countless spectacular public events.

British-born Hamilton has directed the coverage of the Oscars and half-time entertainement at the Super Bowl, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

His concert DVDs include every major box office name in pop and rock, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Madonna. Unlike all of them, tickets for his show this week are free.

l bafta.org/scotland

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