Scotland 2018: Day 8

I made the most of my last day in Scotland, doing lots of walking and enjoying some amazing music along the way. I didn’t really have a set plan for the day other than that I wanted to see the lower end of the Royal Mile this morning and hear the Barnsley Youth Choir this afternoon. I stopped at the Fringe box office and got a ticket for the concert as well as a ticket for another concert late morning. Then I walked the length of the Royal Mile down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh). I had to walk quickly to make it back to the “Best of Broadway” concert by American Performing Arts International. The concert was excellent, with seven men and women singing tunes from lesser known and newer Broadway musicals. I didn’t know many of the songs, but the singers were great and the hour passed quickly.

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Clarinda’s Tea Room

I had time for a quick stop at Clarinda’s Tea Room for my last scone in Scotland (unless I find one at the airport tomorrow 😉 ) before heading to Greyfriars Kirk to hear the Barnsley Youth Choir. This had been on my “must do” list for the Fringe Festival, and all I can say is “wow”! The choir stood around the church for the first couple of songs and then made their way onto the stage. There were only 75 performers there today from the senior choir, but the choir is made up of 450 children and young adults who otherwise may not have access to musical opportunities. Most come to the group with little or no musical background and end up touring the world as part of the choir. They are the fourth ranked choir in the world, singing everything from ballads to spirituals to popular music. I could go on and on about how great they were, but I’ll just give you this YouTube link so you can listen for yourself (same soloist; different year). The concert was so good I immediately bought a ticket for the 5PM show (a completely different program).

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Barnsley Youth Choir at Greyfriars Kirk

On the way back to the hotel, I stopped at Let Them Eat Too for a sandwich and made a pit stop at Tesco for some goodies to bring home. Now it’s early to bed partly to make up for yesterday’s late night and partly because I need to be on a train back to Glasgow around 6 o’clock tomorrow morning…