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Robert Burns 250th Anniversary

Mon
30th November 2009 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
A major St Andrews Day celebration of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, marking the 250th anniversary of his birth in 1759.

A champion of Scottish language and leading figure in the Romantic movement, Robert Burns has become a cultural icon all over the world.

This event featured:

Jackie Kay, acclaimed Scottish poet and novelist, a passionate admirer of Burns and his poetry;

James Fairburn, member of the Burns Society of London; and

Liz Lochhead distinguished Scottish poet and playwright and performer.
Vibrant vocal harmony settings of songs which Burns wrote and collected were performed by award-winning Scottish folk singers, Annie Grace, Corrina Hewat and Karine Polwart.

Grace, Hewat, Polwart emerged from a one-off Burns concert at Glasgow’s international Celtic Connections Festival in 2005. Their Burns repertoire celebrates not only his enduring lyrical love songs but also the irreverent, the witty and the international aspects of his writing.
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