We are delighted to welcome two talented youth organisations to our stage to celebrate the links between Bilbao - Bay of Biscay and Scotland, mark the launch of St Andrew's Fair Saturday and honour the Year of Young People 2018.
Euskeria Choir - the young people of the Bilbao Choral Society - are continuing a long tradition of choral music in the Bay of Biscay region and will perform a repertoire of enchanting songs from their area in this unique Scottish concert.
There's nothing else quite like the Nevis Ensemble in Scotland, with its vision for 'music for everyone, everywhere' they are like modern day troubadours. They will play an uplifting repertoire and bring every corner of the QH auditorium to life with their music.
The concert will culminate in a collaboration between the two groups, performing for the first time together.
This promises to be a very special way for two nations to celebrate the Year of Young People 2018 and warm-up to St Andrew's Fair Saturday which will take place across Scotland on 1 Dec 2018.
Presented by the Scottish Government, the Government of Biscay, Bilbao City Council, BEMIS Scotland, The Basque Institute for Culture, Fair Saturday and The Queen's Hall.
About The Bilbao Choral Society - Euskeria Young Choir
The Bilbao Choral Society was established in 1886 for the development of the city’s rich music tradition, and in particular that of choral music. Over the past 130 years the choir has built up an international reputation, and has enjoyed continuous success, great prestige and awards such as the Medalla de Oro in the fine arts, the Medalla de Honor de la Real Academia de San Fernando and the Medalla de Oro of the city of Bilbao.
In 1985, with the aim of creating a bridge between the children's choir and the Society's adult choir, the Euskeria Choir was founded. The youth group, conducted by Urko Sangroniz, dominates a repertoire that varies from the Renaissance to current music. Their involvement and perseverance has led them to participate in the Bilbao BBK festival Live, offering rock concerts and publishing a CD under the title the title Euskeria goes pop. Likewise, this year 2018 they have won the first prize of the 49th Choir Contest of Ejea de los Caballeros, qualifying for the National Grand Prix of Choral music to be held in 2019, and will carry the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Euskaltzaindia, the Basque Language Academy.
About Nevis Ensemble
Nevis Ensemble is different. There’s nothing else quite like it in Scotland. Its vision is ‘music for everyone, everywhere’. And it means business. Removing barriers to accessing orchestral music means bringing it to where people are, and when they are there. Just think; 40 energetic musicians run out of a bus, instruments in hand, and less than five minutes later the intrigued crowd hears something incredible and unexpected. Everyone leaves feeling uplifted and inspired, proud of the place to which they belong.
Led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, August 2018 saw Nevis’ first tour, during which the group performed in 70 venues in just two weeks, taking in everywhere from shopping streets, train stations, airports, homeless centres, care homes and even the summit of Ben Nevis. Future plans include tours to the North East of Scotland in December 2018, and the Hebrides in 2019.