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Songs for Christmas at the Botanics
The Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh is a lovely setting for two informal performances from Edinburgh-based Scots folk choir Sangstream.
The choir was founded in 1997, and since 2003 they have been working with Mairi Campbell as their Musical Director. Most of what they sing comes from the Scots tradition with well-known classics like A Man's a Man, or White Cockade. They also sing contemporary Scots songs, including the heart-breaking Last Leviathan, and other traditional songs from around the world.
The Palmhouse, one of the venues for the Christmas performance by the Sangstream Choir. Source: Wikimedia Commons
In this concert they will be performing songs from their usual repertoire alongside some Christmas songs.
There are two performances. One is at the John Hope Gateway at 13:00 and the other is at the Palm House at 14:30. I think the Palm House performance will be quite interesting. Not only are the surroundings quite peaceful and serene, but I wonder what the acoustics will be like with the height of the glasshouse that accommodates the very tall palms.
If all the singing gets you into a Christmassy mood, you could do a bit of festive shopping in the Botanics gift shop inside the John Hope Gateway.