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Rudsambee is a charity registered in Scotland, nr. SC037564
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Unaccompanied voices in harmony - about twenty singers - a wide range of modern music, world music, renaissance music, and anything that takes our interest - singing for pleasure, for the social fun, for the technical challenge, and for quality performances: that is the essence of Rudsambee.

Our director is Derrick Morgan.

We enjoy bringing new surprises to our audiences with each concert. Recently we've featured Ieuan Wyn's eisteddfod-medal-winning Cariad, Irish and Syrian/Iraqi folk songs, works by Lauridsen, Britten, Kodály, Sweelinck, Busto, Tormis, Richard Rodgers, Górecki, and much more.

We tour occasionally — France, Ireland and the Czech Republic in the last ten years — and compete rarely but successfully. In the 2014 Mayo International Choral Festival, we took first prize in the Gaelic/Celtic Language class with Deirdre Moynihan's arrangement of the well-known Óró sé so bheatha bhaile and Ieuan Wyn's recent eisteddfod-medal-winning Cariad, in competition with one Welsh and two Irish choirs.

We enjoy occasional exchange visits with groups of singers from elsewhere - most recently, À travers chants from Cormatin (Burgundy), the Hepton Singers from Hebden Bridge and Voxcetera from London. If you think your group may be compatible in size and style, and you'd enjoy a trip to Edinburgh, then please get in touch.

Our last concerts were in Rosslyn Chapel and St Giles Cathedral for Christmas, plus a corporate booking to entertain New Year guests in the Assembly Rooms. Plans for 2018 include concerts in Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel and Cranshaws, more corporate bookings, and a return visit by the choir who hosted us in Burgundy last year.

From time to time, we perform fund-raising concerts for a variety of charities. In April 2016 our very generous audience gave a total of over £900 for Contact the Elderly and Mercy Corps. We'll be singing for Contact the Elderly again this year.

Composition competition: last year we offered a prize of £100 for an original Scottish song. We are very grateful to the composers who submitted entries, and we took great pleasure in adding to our repertoire the winning piece, Martin Neill's setting of the lullaby Sleep weel my bairnie (words by Murdoch Maclean), and the runner-up, Chris Hutchings’ After Culloden.