Future Concerts at St Marys’

You can reserve a place by email at musicstmary@btinternet.com

Concerts are an hour long starting at 3pm and we we will have a cup of tea ready for you after the concert.  We ask for donations to help pay for the performers and support the upkeep of the church building. Your donation may, if you wish, qualify for Gift Aid (envelopes available).

Our next Concert is on 19th January 2020 at 3pm

An afternoon of ‘cello music

Sarah Harrington (‘cello) and Stephen Adam (keyboard)

The programme for  this concert will be:

The Swan, Saint Saens

Tango, Albeniz

Valse Triste, Sibelius

Vocalise, Rachmaninov

Apres un Reve, Faure

Pavanne Pour une Infante Defunte, Ravel

Unaccompanied Bach; Gigue from 1st Suite (tbc)

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. 

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The Programme for 2020


Sunday 16 February 2020: Engegard Quartet

String quartet visiting from Norway.

Sunday 15 March 2020: Coro Vincenzo

Choir from St Vincent’s in Edinburgh will sing Faure’s Requiem

Sunday 19 April 2020 – Genovia

Scottish based bassoon quartet

Sunday 17 May 2020 – Cordes de Ciel

Lute and soprano.

Programme for 2020
Programme for 2020