Music & Performance

Music features prominently at StAnza, with everything from classical to folk and pop to jazz contributing to the festive elements of free events as well as featuring in a range of ticketed shows. Musical performances present poetry combined with or set to music, look back at the great ballad or songwriting traditions of past centuries, or recognise poetry’s connection with contemporary song and the classics of the 20th century songbook. More recently we have also featured dance, storytelling and contemporary circus in the programme.

Poetry Theatre »

Poetic Interventions

Wed 4 March | 17:30 - 18:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2020

Wed 4 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Opening Night Music »

Music from Alannah Moar

Wed 4 March | 20:45 - 21:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

StAnza’s Listening Booth: Idioma Da Tinta »

Poetry by Yolanda Castaño set to music by Isaac Garabatos

Thu 5 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

Jazz Night at StAnza »

Jazz jam with a spot for the occasional poem

Thu 5 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

Poetry at Sunset »

North Uist Sea Poems with Pauline Prior-Pitt and Catherine Eunson

Fri 6 March | 19:00 - 19:40 | free / ticketed | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

Poetry Theatre »

Poetic Interventions

Sat 7 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Songs My Enemy Taught Me »

Visceral poetry from Joelle Taylor

Sat 7 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.50/£4.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poetry Theatre »

Poetic Interventions

Sat 7 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Poetry Theatre »

Poetic Interventions

Sun 8 March | 12:00 - 14:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Poetry Theatre »

Poetic Interventions

Sun 8 March | 18:15 - 19:15 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Foyers and Garden

Hamish Matters »

A celebration of the life and legacy of Hamish Henderson through music and poetry collected, written and inspired by him

Sun 8 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £10.00/£8.00 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Festival Finale »

Party out the festival to Cat Loud and her band

Sun 8 March | 21:30 - 23:00 | FREE | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar