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Sunday 15 September: Pure Brass

Pure Brass is a vibrant, young and well established brass quintet that perform regularly to critical acclaim. Formed in 2006 at the Royal Conseratoire of Scotland the group has quickly become a prominent ensemble within the Scottish chamber music scene.

The quintet has performed in solo recitals in some of the leading venues in the UK including; St Martin in the Fields London, the Usher Hall Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and at festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Durham Festival of Brass, and the Sauerland-Herbst, Germany and T in The Park!

Sax Ecosse – 18th August 2019

Sax Ecosse 

A lovely afternoon concert from Sax Ecosse showcasing the rich, warm sound of the saxophone with arrangements of Bach and Grieg and then music written for the saxophone from the mid 19th century to the present day. All finished off with an encore of a foot stamping Hangarian Dance.

Feis Fhiort 21st July 2019

This year’s group was the best we have heard; and the Feis have been visiting St Marys’ now for a number of years.  The group consisted of

  • Evie Waddell is from Stirling and appeared on the Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail in 2016. As a fluent Gaelic speaker she has a wealth of Gaelic Songs in her repertoire as well as playing the fiddle and clarsach. Evie has just finished her second year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
  • Mairi Docherty hails from Glasgow with a strong Irish heritage. She plays with the St Roch’s Irish Band and has competed at the All Scottish, All Britian and All Ireland Fleadh’s as well as achieving her Grade 8 Violin from the London College of Music
  • Robbie Subke has been attending the traditional music workshops at the Tolbooth in Stirling from a young age and brings accordion and fiddle to the 2019 ceilidh trail.
  • Gregor Rodger is equally talented on classical and traditional guitar. Born and raised in Stirling, this is his first ceilidh trail and he regularly plays for Tolbooth traditional projects.
  • Megan Leishman brings fiddle and piano to the 2019 ceilidh trail. Originally from Dunkeld and regular performer with the Gordon Duncan Experience, she is now studying Physics and Music at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Nadia French appeared on the Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail in 2017 on the clarsach. Brought up as a fluent Gaelic speaker, she now studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth.
Feis Fhiort 2019

Feis Fhiort Group 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019 – Organ Recital

David Hamilton plays a European Miscellany:

Prelude, Fugue et Variation op 18 ~ Cesar Franck

Sonata IV in E minor ~ J S Bach

Allegro vivace from Symphonie 1 in D minor ~ Vierne

Sonata II in C minor ~ Mendelssohn

What a wonderful concert we were treated to this afternoon. David Hamilton spoke very eloquently about the stops on the organ and demonstrated the variety of sounds that could be created. We then travelled round some of the great organists and composers of Europe starting with Cesar Franck, some complex Bach, a little Vierne and finishing with glorious Mendelssohn.

David Hamilton Organist

David Hamilton

Sunday 28th April 2019

Kentigern String Quartet returned  to St Mary’s to play:

John McEwen: Quartet no.8, “Biscay”

Beethoven Op 18 no. 6 in B flat
Rachmaninov: “Romance” from String Quartet no.1
Scandinavian Folk Tunes: ”Woodworks”

Kentigern Quartet

Kentigern Quartet

Kentigern string Quartet St MAry’s April 2019

Our Reviewer said ; ‘A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon concert from the Kentigern String Quartet. What an absolute treat to welcome musicians of this calibre to St Mary’s, Aberfoyle with their lovely and varied programme from the entertaining McEwen Biscay Quartet, via some dazzling Beethoven and lyrical Rachmaninov to finish with some Scandinavian Folk.’

Sunday 17 March: Allander Jazz Band

A hand clapping, foot stomping, entertaining and informative afternoon concert – thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Sunday 17 February 2019:  Ines Zimmerman and Kevin Duggan

‘Teutonic Tunes’ for the Recorder and Organ: Telemann, Muffat, CPE Bach, Quanz and Kirnberger

Our Reviewer said; What an amazing variety of music from Ines Zimmermann (recorder and flute) and Kevin Duggan (Organ) at this afternoon’s concert.   From the beautiful opening piece: “Andante Religioso” by Hans Hiller to the virtuosic Telemann Sonata in C major at the end the whole concert was an absolute treat.

Les Trois Blondes – 20th January 2019 – French Cafe Music

Les Trois Blondes

Les Trois Blondes in action at St Mary’s

We were treated to virtuosic accordion playing from John and George Burns this afternoon at St Mary’s. The Burns brothers, along with Fergus Wood on drums, comprise the group, Les Trois Blondes and they played a lively mix of Bal Musette, French cafe music, and some beautiful Gaelic waltzes. The whole concert was ably compered by Fergus who set the music in context with interesting information and anecdotes. 

The Resurrection Choir of St Petersburg – 18th November 2018

“it was a pleasure to welcome back the St. Petersburg Resurrection
Choir under their conductor, Jurij Maruk. This popular and well-
attended concert was hugely enjoyed by the audience. Delivered with
their customary humour, the varied programme of sacred and folk music
showcased each member of the choir, and especially Anatoniliy
Artamonov, their basso profundo singer. We look forward to their

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Resurrection Choir of st Petersburg

Monzani Trio – Sunday 21October 2018  (flute, violin, cello);

Lee Holland, Flute • Rachel Spencer, Violin • Feargus Egan, Cello. The Monzani Trio is an exciting new partnership between three good friends, all successful performers in their own right, who have a passion for chamber music and an interest in exploring the diverse repertoire for flute, violin and cello.

Monzani Trio

They gave us a virtuoso performance of some wonderful music, largely based on Folk music through the ages.  It was good to hear Eddie McGuires compositions.  He is a regular performer at St Mary’s together with Alastair Savage

Alastair Savage and his Friends – 16th September 2018

Alastair and his friends are now regular annual visitors to St Mary’s.  This year Alastair brought Euan Drysdale and Iain Crawford, who form the regular Scottish Fiddle trio.  All of them are wonderful musicians; and Alastair’s own compositions show off his own unique talents as a composer.  He writes some wonderful, evocative and memorable tunes and melodies.

As always the trio played a mix of Scottish fiddle music from all ages, featuring such well known names as Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner.

Alastair Savage and Friends - The Scottish Fiddle Journey

Alastair Savage and Friends – The Scottish Fiddle Journey

But it was Alastair’s own compositions, this year, which were very much to the fore.  We particularly enjoyed the piece that they played as an encore; A Vanishing Way Of Life,  from Secrets From The Kitty

The trio have said that would like to come back to St Mary’s; we do hope so !

Many thanks to Alastair, Iain and Euan. See you next Year.

Sunday 19 August, 3.00 p.m.: Organ Recital with Mezzo Soprano

We were thrilled to have two superb musicians visit St Mary’s on 19th August. A rally good sized and very appreciative audience enjoyed a wonderful programme of Baroque music

  • Alistair Warwick – Organ Alistair’s passion is enabling people of all abilities to make music. He is Conductor of the Stirling University Choir, Organist & Director of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Stirling, and Conductor of the newly-formed RHET Factor Choir. He founded the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra in 2008, and conducted them in their first three concerts. Alistair first played the organ at the age of 10, at Christ Church, Sidcup.
  • Ulrike Wutscher, Mezzo Soprano . Ulrike Wutscher is an Austrian mezzo-soprano based in Scotland. She regularly appears in opera productions. Additionally to her appearance as an opera singer she also shows great interest in performing lieder and oratorio. She is a keen recitalist and concert singer and has performed in world-renowned venues including the Musikverein in Vienna and St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London.  She is equally at home performing music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods.

Sunday 16 July, 3.00 p.m.: Feis Fhoirt:

Young traditional ceilidh musicians playing fiddles, clarsach, guitar, and mandolin, with some beautiful Gaelic singing.

The Cèilidh Trail is a platform for visitors to Scotland to experience traditional Scottish music in a wide variety of settings. Running over the peak July/August tourist season, the musicians entertain in a range of venues including Folk Clubs, festivals, village halls and tourist attractions throughout central Scotland.

The group comprises of 5 incredible young musicians and offers them the opportunity to receive expert tuition, gain experience of touring and enhance their performance skills. The 2018 Ceilidh Trail musicians are: Hazel Imrie, Thornhill – Fiddle .James Kirkpatrick, Glasgow – Guitar and Vocals.Eilidh MacIntyre, Falkirk- Whistle and Voice.Eoghan McManus, Glasgow – Fiddle.Laureline Morgan-Davies, Alloa – Clarsach

Sunday 20th May 2018

Another really interesting organ recital – this time given by Chris Nickol from New Kilpatrick Paris Church.  In a wide ranging programme and full programme, Chris played the music of many composers including perennial favourites, Bach, Elgar and Maxwell-Davies. Chris’ skilful playing showed the organ off to its full advantage.

Christopher Nickol was born in Cambridge and gained an organ scholarship to the college chapel of Royal Holloway College (University of London). He is currently the organist and Music Director at New Kilpatrick Parish Church. He has a diverse career outwith the Kirk as a teacher, recitalist, conductor and accompanist.  He has performed with many of Scotland’s major choirs and orchestras, and plays frequently at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery. His repertoire includes an imaginative mix of contemporary pop culture pieces with the classics. He has given recitals throughout the UK and overseas, broadcast on BBC Radio and TV, and has recorded five CDs.

Sunday 15th April 2018

The Edinburgh Renaissance Band gave us an entertaining and informative concert  featuring cornetts, sackbuts, shawms, violin, rebec, and other early instruments of every kind. Friendly presentation from director Murray Campbell made “early music” easily accessible.

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

Edinburgh Renaissance Band

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Sunday 18 March, 3.00 p.m.: Opus Duo: May Halyburton (double bass) and Jane Colvin (cello).

Gave us a wonderful and eclectic programme which was well received by a good sized audience.  we very much enjoyed having the Duo at St Mary’s, despite the very cold weather

Opus Duo at St Mary’s Aberfoyle

  • Opus Duo – Jane Colvin (‘cello) and May Halyburton (double bass)
  • Jane Colvin
  • After graduating from The Royal Academy of Music, London, Jane taught in London and performed with various chamber groups, including solo performances with “The Belmont Ensemble of London” in St Martin’s-in-the-Fields. She has also worked as a music therapist in both England and Scotland. Jane now works as a freelance musician and ‘cello teacher throughout Scotland, performing with many groups including Scottish Opera.
  • May Halyburton
  • May studied double bass at the RSAMD and was awarded the Eugene Cruft Prize for double bass. Following her graduation she took up the post of sub principal bass with Orquestra Simfonica de Balears, Palma de Mallorca. She now plays with a diverse range of groups including jazz musicians, most recently with saxophonist, Richard Ingham and folk musicians James Ross and the South American folk band, Voces del Sur. May also has an interest in baroque music and has played violone or baroque double bass with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Dunedin Consort, Ludus Baroque and Newcastle Baroque.
  • Opus Duo 
    May Halyburton and Jane Colvin

    Opus Duo – May Halyburton and Jane Colvin

  • Opus Duo was formed when two friends, Jane Colvin and May Halyburton joined forces. They have enjoyed discovering the repertoire for cello and double bass alongside commissioning new works from composers at home and abroad. Their performances include original works and arrangements for cello and double bass in all genres.Opus Duo have performed throughout Scotland giving recitals, education workshops for children and taken part in various Enterprise Music Scotland events. Their recital this afternoon will include works by Dragonetti, Elgar, Gounod, Keyper, Neher and Romberg.

Sunday 18th February, 3.00 p.m.: Holland Savaloni duo (Lomond duo)

Lee Holland and Sasha Savaloni are a duo whose energised approach to flute and guitar repertoire engages and entertains audiences.

They gave a wonderful virtuoso performance to a very receptive audience on a very cold day.  How Lee played the virtuoso piece , Carmen Fantasie, is quite beyond me.  Fantastic.  And Sasha’s accompaniments throughout, modest though he is, are brilliant.  Thank you to both of them.

Sunday 21st January 2018 – David Hamilton – Organ Recital

David Hamilton is University Organist at Strathclyde University, teaches at the Music School of Douglas Academy and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has performed throughout Europe and in North America, Russia and China, and is a Guest Professor at Shanghai Conservatory. His recital at Aberfoyle on Sunday 21st January will explore the organ repertoire from the 17th to 21st centuries, with music from Bach, Widor an

d an improvisation.

Our concert organiser writes:

“This concert was a gem. It was not so much a display of virtuosity – although there was that – as an exposition on organ construction, and the relationship between Buxtehude and Bach, and Widor and Vierne, and their individual contributions to the evolution of organ music. To those who braved the snow, a really enjoyable experience.”

David was reported to be VERY complimentary about the Organ at St Mary’s

Sunday 19th November 2017 – Gordon Ferries  – Organ Recital


Sunday 15th October 2017 Alison McNeil (Voice) and Sasha Savaloni (Guitar)

Alison McNeil and Sasha Savaloni

Alison McNeil and Sasha Sava

Sunday 17th September 2017 – Alastair Savage and his frineds – Scottish Fiddle Music

Alastair Savage and Friends

Scottish Fiddle Concert 17th September 2017

Sunday 20 August 2017 : Dr. Peter Christie, Organist at All  Saints Episcopal Church, Bearsden, Organ Recital.


Feis Fhiort -16th  July 2017

Pippa Reid Foster (and friends) 19th March 2017

Becca Horden and Sarah Clinch - pupils of Pippa Reid-Foster

Becca Horden and Sarah Clinch – pupils of Pippa Reid-Foster

The Gliondar Enemble  19th February 2017

Gliondar Ensemble

Gliondar Ensemble
St Mary’s 19th February

Pistons and Pipes – 15th January 2107

The Kentigern String Quartet – 20th November 2016

Kentigern String Quartet November 2016 at St Marry's

Kentigern String Quartet November 2016 at St Mary’s


Recital by Liam Devlin, Ann Archibald and Lloyd Griffin – 18th September 2016


Lloyd Griffin, Ann Archibald and Liam Devlin at St Mary’s 18th September 2016


Pure Brass – 21st August 2016Pure Brass Facebook Image


Feis Fhiort Sunday 17th July 2016

Scottish Fiddle Journey – 18th June 2016

Scot Fiddle June 2016 P6180132 (2)

Les Trois Blondes 30th October 2015.

Feis Fhiort at St Mary’s- 31st July 2015

Feis Fhiort at St Mary's 31st July 2015

Feis Fhiort at St Mary’s 31st July 2015

Scottish Fiddle Journey – Alastair Savage and Friends 24th April 2015

Voskresenije Russsian Choir – 13th November 2014

Even Older Concerts at St Mary’s

Feis Fhiort July 2014

Frequent Visitors – Telemann Ensemble

Scottish Fiddle Journey May 2014

March 2010 and May 2011

Flutes en Route October 2013

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