City’s newest festival promises wide appeal

SpringFest runs from March 5 - 29.

SpringFest runs from March 5 - 29.

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The latest addition to Dundee’s cultural calendar will begin next week with the city’s inaugural Springfest.

It consists of a co-ordinated series of 18 classical music concerts at venues across the city between March 5 and March 29, organised by participating musicians and organisations including Dundee Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Dundee University Music Society and Dundee Chamber Music.

Inspired by Dundee’s bid to become UK City of Culture, SpringFest is about celebrating local and national musical talent and the organisers are keen to bring exciting, quality music to as wide an audience as possible.

Whatever your musical taste, SpringFest has something for you – small chamber concerts, gospel choirs, big band, concert bands, or the might of a full symphony orchestra in the magnificent Caird Hall.

And if you think classical music is not your thing, the organisers are urging you to think again and inspire yourself, your family and your friends as you discover just how exciting live music can be.

They aim to provide something for all ages in SpringFest, which they also hope will be the first of many successful combinations of performance and display that will highlight Dundee’s wide and diverse musical culture.

There really will be a diverse musical feast on offer and the RSNO will launch the programme on March 5 with performances of MacCunn’s ‘The Land of the Mountain and the Flood’, Neilsen’s Flute Concerto Beethoven Symphony No.5 in the Caird Hall, beginning at 7.30 p.m. while at 1.20 p.m. the following day, St Paul’s Academy will bring the magic of madrigals to Dundee University’s chaplaincy centre.

Over the weekend of March 6 and 7 there will be a guitar recital given by Simon Kempston in St Paul’s Cathedral while Dundee University’s chaplaincy centre will again be the venue for the university’s chamber choir which will present a programme including Byrd’s ‘Ave Verum’ and his Mass for four voices. alongside six Irish Folk Songs by Stanford as well as more madrigals in the second half.

Full concert listings are available from SpringFest’s online page at http://dundeespringfest.tumblr.com/