Author: Ros MacKenzie

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Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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Voci Sing Something for Everyone

Flummoxed trying to find your way round the Fringe Brochure? I’m not surprised. Every year this doorstop gets bigger and bigger until it has reached the stage when you would need to dedicate a weekend to its perusal if you seriously wanted to give every item your due consideration.

So perhaps you may appreciate a sneak recommendation here ahead of time for Voci, who are performing their show ‘Something for Everyone’ as part of the Fringe at the Ukranian Community Centre in Royal Terrace.

I had the pleasure of catching this show a couple of days ago at the Buxton Festival in Derbyshire. Buxton is a great little Festival – neat, compact, walkable. I have just returned from a stimulating few days enjoying a good mix of music, drama, art and talks, all found within a half mile radius of one another, with no question of traffic jams in between.

Voci are a group of four singers who perform with the City of Manchester Opera. Each are experienced solo performers in their own right. They seem to be flexible in their line-up and programmes, but the Buxton group and repertoire will be coming to Edinburgh for concerts on the 20th and 21st August.

The music is light and familiar – well known, well-loved pieces performed with panache and style by the four singers – Elizabeth Ambrose, Eric Cymbir, Margaret Ferguson and Simon Horsfield, with excellent piano accompaniment. It’s not heavy, it’s not demanding, it’s just fun. They sing well, interact well, and obviously enjoy what they do. For a feel good time-out from some of the more demanding Festival events, this show has much to recommend it. And I can happily submit my first review on a very positive note.

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August 20th and 21st at Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace.

www.vocivoices.co.uk

 

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