Verdi for a New Generation!

Verdi for a New Generation!

We need help to raise £8,000 to support Edinburgh Royal Choral Union's collaborative venture with Edinburgh University students. Pledge now!

We did it!

On 8th May 2018 we successfully raised £9,485 of £8,000 target with 58 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

Wow! Thank you everyone for believing in our project and contributing so far. You're response has truly overwhelmed us! We've set a stretch target of £11,000 and any money raised over and above our initial target will go towards enhancing our project and further increasing the opportunities for University musicians!

Again, thank you for your support! 

Concert Project

On June 2nd 2018, the combined forces of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union (ERCU), student singers and instrumentalists, and the ProMusica Orchestra will perform Verdi's Requiem and Szymanowski's Stabat Mater. Professional musicians will mentor these young performers throughout the project before playing alongside them in the concert. 

Soloists will include Emma Morwood, Raphaela Mangan and Thomas Kinch under the baton of Michael Bawtree. 

The culmination of the project will be a concert in the magnificent and newly renovated McEwan Hall.

Why We Need Your Help

Your contribution is vital to enable this innovative project between professional musicians and students to come to fruition in this historic Edinburgh venue. 

About ERCU

Since its foundation in 1858, the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union (honorary president Martyn Brabbins) has established itself as one of Edinburgh’s most versatile and engaging choral societies, playing a significant part in the musical life of Scotland. ERCU’s annual new year presentation of Messiah at the Usher Hall is a highlight of the festive season, each year bringing fresh interpretations of the work by different conductors.

ERCU, under the patronage of the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, has worked with orchestras such as the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Scottish Chamber and the Royal Scottish National under such legendary figures as Sir Henry Wood, Sir Thomas Beecham, Otto Klemperer and Sir Adrian Boult and continues to give Scottish premieres, including The Farthest Shore by Paul Mealor, The Voices of our Ancestors by Thea Musgrave and St John Passion by Bob Chilcott as well as providing backing for Andrea Bocelli at the SSE Hydro. 

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If you have any questions about the campaign, or ERCU in general, please email

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