The youth choir of the Choral Society of Bilbao will perform in Edinburgh due to Fair Saturday events and thanks to the support of the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia and Etxepare
On the occasion of the joining of the Edinburgh Festival to Fair Saturday, a cultural movement from Bilbao that promotes the valorization of art, a Basque performance has been chosen to be present at the opening gala, thus starting Saint Andrew’s Fair Saturday 2018.
At the same time Scotland celebrates the Year of Youth People so there is nothing better than the Bilbao Choral Society’s youth group as an example of the Villa’s choral talent pool to present the Fair Saturday events in Edinburgh.
Created in 1985 as a bridge between the children’s choir and the adult choir of the Bilbao Choral Society, the Euskeria Choir directed by Urko Sangroniz dominates a repertoire that varies from the Renaissance to contemporary music. Their involvement and perseverance has led them to participate in the Bilbao BBK Live festival, offering rock concerts at the Campos Eliseos Theatre and publishing a CD under the title Euskeria goes pop. Likewise, in April of this year they won first prize in the 49th Ejea de los Caballeros Choral Contest and got qualified for the National Choral Singing Grand Prix to be held in 2019. However, before competing, they will be the base choir commemorating the 100th anniversary of Euskaltzaindia – the Basque language academy, sharing the stage with a choir from each of the seven Basque Provinces.
The possibility of being located in an international stage offers a range of opportunities both for Euskeria and for sowing future relations between Scotland and Euskadi. Therefore, the provincial council – Diputación Foral de Bizkaia and the Basque Culture Institut – Etxepare have not hesitated to support the initiative to make possible the mobilization of young choir that will perform in:
– The Hub, 26/10/2018.
– Saint Giles Cathedral, 27/10/2018.
– Queen’s Hall, 27/10/2018.
A showcase of Basque culture in Scotland – This concert is part of the window to the Basque culture that the Etxepare Basque Institute will open in Scotland in the 2018-2019 season. The aim is to showcase Basque language and artistic creation. To this end, the Institute will create multidisciplinary program that will also focus on exchange and collaboration between artists from Basque Country and Scotland.