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HEART by Michael Pendry

HEART, the first in a series of installations and sculptures by German artist Michael Pendry, makes its UK debut at St. Giles’ Cathedral as part of Burns&Beyond.

HEART by Michael Pendry

About HEART by Michael Pendry

This month St. Giles’ Cathedral will once again become the focus of a new public sculpture created by German artist Michael Pendry, with ‘HEART’ making its UK premiere in the capital in collaboration with the Burns&Beyond and the St. Giles’ 900th; the anniversary of the founding of the cathedral, which celebrates with a series of events throughout 2024.

This year HEART will light-up the cathedral with the very symbol of life itself, a new three-dimensional work measuring five metres tall, which will transform the space with a ticketed evening illumination and soundscape for visitors.

What better symbol for the festival which takes its inspiration from Rabbie Burns and promotes ’Luv, hope and Kindness’, than a heart?

The artist is already well-known in Edinburgh as he was the creative talent behind Les Colombes an installation sited in the cathedral, when a floating flock of more than 2,000 paper doves were hung in the nave. Each bird brought a message of hope, peace, humanity and new beginnings, appropriate for the end of the pandemic.

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Daily Tours at St Giles’ Cathedral

10th December 2023 - 1st December 2024

Join a volunteer guide for a 45 min to 1 hour glimpse into the history, heraldry and life of our historic Cathedral and Thistle Chapel!

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Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

Selected dates between 22nd March 2024 - 21st June 2024

Join renowned British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith for a performance of sensational classical and romantic works for solo piano at St Giles' Cathedral!

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Selected dates between 22nd March 2024 - 19th July 2024

Enjoy Vivaldi's timeless classic, The Four Seasons, and other magnificent works by Candlelight at St Giles' Cathedral, performed by The Piccadilly Sinfonietta and Warren Mailley-Smith!

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Concert - Petits Chanteurs de Guewenheim & Accord Ladies Choir

27th April 2024

Enjoy an afternoon of uplifting choral music featuring sacred & contemporary works from Scotland, France & beyond in the historic setting of St Giles Cathedral on 27th April.

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Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir

11th May 2024

Join the Northern Kentucky University Chamber Choir at St Giles Cathedral on Saturday 11th May when they perform beautiful classical, spiritual and sacred music!

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Bond by Candlelight

15th June 2024

Step into an evening of candlelit excitement with London Concertante, with some of the best-loved themes from James Bond performed by their fabulous ensemble at St Giles' Cathedral!

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West End Musicals by Candlelight

6th July 2024

For one night only, the highly-acclaimed London Concertante will be taking you into the dazzling world of the most beautiful musicals at St Giles' Cathedral!

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900 Voices

2nd August 2024 - 22nd August 2024

The voices of Edinburgh’s communities shape an ever-evolving sound installation inside St Giles’ Cathedral's magnificent interior.

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This Old Cello Box

10th August 2024

From Bach to The Beatles and beyond, South Australian cellist/songwriter William Jack presents a free (non-ticketed) multi-style cello recital at St Gyles' Cathedral on 10th August!

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