Each midsummer Orkney hosts the St Magnus International Festival with lots of art and cultural events going on around the County. I missed most of it this year as I was away on holiday. However I was lucky to get a ticket for one of the lunch-time concerts in St Magnus Cathedral. This was a performance of Arakaendar, a choir from Bolivia, plus Florilegium. Both have been touring the UK this summer singing and playing a range of baroque music. The Bolivian Choir has been described as "exuberant" and "captivating" and they were certainly that! And more! Florilegium played beautifully, some pieces with the choir and some on their own. It was a wonderful hour long concert really suited to the splendour of the St Magnus Cathedral.
I love the cathedral and it was even more beautiful with the sun streaming through the windows.
As always with such events in Orkney, the street was buzzing with visitors. The weather was even good enough to sit outside the cafes!
And outside one cafe a local musician was "busking".
Meanwhile the carriage and horses were giving visitors a tour of Kirkwall.
There are various reviews and photos on the St Magnus Festival Facebook page (you don't have to be on Facebook to read them).
There are also some YouTube clips
The RSNO orchestra arrive in Orkney
- this one filmed by one of the orchestra members who, it seems, were "glamping" (glamorous camping - though it doesn't LOOK very glamorous) outside the Pickaquoy Centre before the concert!
And a trombonist and Tuba plaery went to the Ring of Brodgar too!