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Previous concerts – held at St Mary’s prior to 2021
Sunday 15 March 2020: Chapterhouse
Members of a Choir from Edinburgh will sing Faure’s Requiem and other lovely pieces
The Chapter House Singers is a group of around 40 amateur singers based at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. They sing the Cathedral services when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday and usually give two choir concerts a year in Edinburgh. They occasionally perform outside Edinburgh, singing the services over a weekend at Ripon Cathedral (2018) and will sing at Durham Cathedral in March 2020.
Les Shankland has been Musical Director of the Chapter House Singers since 2008. After reading music at Edinburgh University, he studied choral conducting at the Hochschule in Vienna. He has worked extensively with many choral and instrumental groups throughout Scotland and co-founded Pocket Opera, an amateur company specialising in taking small-scale opera to rural venues. For two years Les was Musical Director of Edinburgh Grand Opera. Les was Director of Music at Old St Paul’s Church for over 20 years, working with the Edinburgh City Organist, John Kitchen. Since 2015 he has been in charge of music at St Vincent’s Chapel.
Dr. Anthony Hammond is a critically acclaimed English concert organist, composer and musicologist. His principal organ studies were with Roger Fisher and David Briggs in England, and with Dr. Naji Hakim in Paris. His known particularly for his specialism in French Romantic and 20th century organ music, and as an improviser. He enjoys a busy performing career on both sides of the Atlantic. He has recorded a number of CDs and has broadcast on radio in the USA and for the BBC.
Since studying at the University of Glasgow, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Simon has enjoyed a busy, varied and successful career in the arts throughout the UK, as soloist, musical director, singing teacher and actor. For the past 20 years Simon has also worked as the artistic director of Puppet Animation Scotland, providing strategic development for artists and the art forms of puppetry, visual theatre and animated film.
Sunday 16 February 2020: Engegard Quartet
String quartet visiting from Norway. St Mary’s was the last concert on their tour of Scotland
Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, the Engegård Quartet has rapidly become one of Norway’s most sought after ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim, and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut CD was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’.
Their CD of works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen was praised by Tully Potter in Music Web International as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for. Recent CD releases include Mozart string quartets on Lawo and the complete string quartets of Schumann (BIS Records).
The Engegård Quartet has a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield. They have performed in some of Europe’s finest venues including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Prague’s Rudolfinum, and have performed in South America with concerts in Bogotá and Sao Paolo. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest. Members of the quartet are also deeply involved in bringing superb chamber music to Norway – Arvid Engegård as founder of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling as artistic director of the Oslo Quartet Series.
The Engegård Quartet has had the honour to work with (among others) Sir András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, and Emma Johnson. They also love to collaborate with colleagues from different musical traditions, including a folk/classical fusion with Hardanger fiddler Nils Økland, a collaboration with jazz-violinist Ola Kvernberg, and a programme of Ibsen and late Beethoven with actor Bjørn Sundquist. The Engegård Quartet’s own ‘På 1-2-3 mini-festival’ has proven immensely popular and is now a regular event each year. ‘Brahms på 1-2-3’ was the focus in November 2019, providing a feast of chamber music, song, piano works and lectures.
The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
An afternoon of ‘cello music on 19th January 2020
Sarah Harrington (‘cello) and Stephen Adam (keyboard)
Included Cello Sonata by Diana Hamilton
Sarah Harrington was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1972 and then moved up to Scotland where she spent her childhood from the age of One! She went on to study the Cello at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1990-94 under the Professors Derek Simpson and David Smith.
After several years freelancing in London with Orchestras such as the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Sarah returned to Scotland in 1998 to work with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Whilst being a current member of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera Sarah is busy freelancing, teaching and performing in Chamber groups whenever she can including the Cantilena Festival on Islay.
Sarah Harrington and Stephen Adam met whilst working for Scottish Opera and have performed together regularly over the years in recitals for Charities and local Groups.
Stephen Adam studied cello with Joan Dickson at the RSAMD, winning prizes for chamber music, lieder and composition, before continuing at RNCM under Raphael Sommer, gaining an ARCM with honours in cello performance. After a season as musical director in Spain, playing piano and writing cabaret, he freelanced as a cellist with the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Concert and Radio Orchestras in London.
Returning to Glasgow in 1981 he joined the Orchestra of Scottish Opera as sub principal cello under Sir Alexander Gibson, where he combined a career both as chamber musician and arranger, performing as both pianist in the Lydian ensemble and Czardas gypsy trio, as well as cellist in the Morley string quartet, giving concerts on the music club circuit and on radio.
As well as a string quartet composed to celebrate the bicentenary of Robert Adam at Culzean Castle and ” Suite for cello and strings” based on the songs of the outer Hebrides, his commissions include a rescoring of Mozart’s Il Seraglio for Scottish Opera,3 choral and orchestral works for RSNO, arrangements for BBC’s Songs of Praise and the Scottish Ensemble. In 2016 he orchestrated a concert for fiddler Duncan Chisholm at Celtic Connections in Kelvingrove. He now runs a community choir in Argyll for whom he has written more than 70 arrangements, from Mahler to the Bee Gees. Stephen has enjoyed performing in hospitals for Music in Care for over 35 years, and recently took up a more versatile instrument – the accordion.
Sunday 17 November: Pistons & Pipes + Sally Carr
Sally Carr ~ soprano, Calum Robertson ~ organ and clarinet, Christopher Roberts ~ trumpet, Thomas Lowe ~ baroque drums
We are delighted to welcome multi talented musician, Calum Robertson, back to Aberfoyle. He is coming with soprano, Sally Carr, trumpeter, Christopher Roberts and drummer, Thomas Lowe.
They are all successful young musicians, educated in Scotland and recipients of prestigious prizes and awards.
They will be playing a very interesting and varied programme including music by Boyce, Handel and Burgon…… a concert not to be missed!
Soprano /Trumpet/Clarinet/Organ/Timpani: Boyce and Handel
Sunday 20 October: Atholl Duo
Lee Holland (flute) returned, this time with Glynn Forrest (marimba) to play Faure, and Bartok, Bach and Piazzolla
Lee Holland ~ Flute and Glynn Forrest ~ Percussion/Marimba
St Mary’ swas delighted to welcome back Lee Holland to Aberfoyle with Glynn Forrest. Together they form The Atholl Duo. Both are successful performers in their own right and passionate about promoting and playing chamber music. The players met 10 years ago while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have been pursuing varied freelance careers ever since.
Lee performs and works with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Lee is a passionate chamber musician currently performing regularly with Sasha Savaloni (guitar) and also the Monzani trio.
Glynn has enjoyed involvement in projects with Glasgow New Music Expedition, Rednote Ensemble, the Pavel Haas Quartet, and Auricle ensemble. He has also performed as a soloist in many situations, including a performance of Rory Boyle’s marimba concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a joint marimba recital with Calum Huggan as part of Glasgow University’s lunchtime series.
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
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.
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.
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”
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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
- 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)
Sunday 17th September 2017 – Alastair Savage and his frineds – Scottish Fiddle Music
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
The Gliondar Enemble 19th February 2017
Pistons and Pipes – 15th January 2107
The Kentigern String Quartet – 20th November 2016
Recital by Liam Devlin, Ann Archibald and Lloyd Griffin – 18th September 2016
Pure Brass – 21st August 2016
Feis Fhiort Sunday 17th July 2016
Scottish Fiddle Journey – 18th June 2016
Les Trois Blondes 30th October 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
Frequent Visitors – Telemann Ensemble
March 2010 and May 2011
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