Birmingham Cathedral Choir makes music pilgrimage to Scotland

5th February 2020

Choristers from Birmingham Cathedral kick start the cathedral’s ‘Year of Pilgrimage’ with a tour of performances in Scotland.

Staff and musicians from Birmingham Cathedral will be heading to Scotland during February Half Term as part of the cathedral’s ‘Year of Pilgrimage’ programme of events. The 26-strong group comprising of choristers, lay clerks and choral scholars will tour Edinburgh, Dunfermline and Dunblane over five days.

The choirs will perform at Dunblane Cathedral on Saturday 15 February, Dunfermline Abbey and St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh on Sunday 16 February before finishing at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Tuesday 18 February.

Music will be directed by Birmingham Cathedral’s Head of Music David Hardie and include pieces by Handel, Allegri, Bairstow, Brahms, Bruckner, Grieg, Haydn, Holst and Mozart. Assistant Head of Music Ashley Wagner will accompany on the organ.

The group will take in the local sights during their tour including Stirling Castle and The Edinburgh Dungeons.

Anna Pitt, Chief Executive at Birmingham Cathedral, said: "I’m delighted that Birmingham Cathedral are kicking of the Year of Pilgrimage with our Cathedral Choirs touring in Scotland. The tour is a fantastic opportunity for our choristers, and forms part of the whole educational and developmental experience that life as a Cathedral chorister offers. Taking our worship and our music to a whole new community is a great way to begin what is set to be a busy and exciting year not just for Birmingham but for all English Cathedrals.”