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.

Festival Launch Extravaganza »

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the highlights of StAnza 2019

Wed 6 March | 18:30 - 20:45 | Free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Opening Night Music »

Lively music for this year’s opening night

Wed 6 March | 21:00 - 21:45 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1

Jazz Night at StAnza »

Jazz jam session with a spot for the occasional poem

Thu 7 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar

In this cold’s tending time »

Poetry interventions as cross-arts performances

Fri 8 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | Around the festival and around St Andrews

What Days We’re Having Now »

Alex MacDonald, Ella Frears and Will Harris use poetry to examine the adventures of early adulthood

Sat 9 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £5.50/£4.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia »

A mesmeric display of drumming and spoken word exploring the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family

Sun 10 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £5.50/£4.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

The Music of Edward Lear »

An evening of song by the king of nonsense, Edward Lear presented by Sara Lodge with award-winning musicians David Owen Norris and Mark Wilde

Sun 10 March | 20:00 - 21:30 | £9.75/£8.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Festival Finale »

The festival ends with a musical send-off

Sun 10 March | 22:00 - 23:30 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Café Bar