Borders Heritage Festival


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1st September 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Neidpath Castle
Address: Neidpath Castle, Peebles EH45 8NW, UK
  • Cost £14 adult, £7 child (under 18’s) No other concessions

Performance at Neidpath Castle by Scottish Vocal Ensemble, Savourna Stevenson & Matt Seattle. The evening begins with Border Piper, Matt Seattle who will pipe the audience into the venue from the rooftop of Neidpath Castle to be followed by site specific performances from the Scottish Vocal Ensemble and Savourna Stevenson, internationally renowned harpist, musician and composer. A varied programme which will explore the unique landscape, literature and culture of the Borders, performed in the dramatic setting of this ancient castle. The programme will include ‘The Dream’ by Savourna Stevenson inspired by the writing of John Buchan and works that delve into the myth and legend passed down in famous Border Ballads.

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