Friday 27th August 2021, 7:30pm SAM HAYOOD - PIANO RECITAL
This unique musical adventure combines famous works by Chopin, performed in pairs with beautiful rare gems by women composers. Venezuelan composer Teresa Carreño's gentle, lilting Barcarolle sits alongside Chopin's fourth ballade; Lily Boulanger, whose life was tragically cut short in her twenties, wrote a gorgeous little piece evocatively called D'un vieux jardin clair which leads into Chopin's epic 'Funeral March' sonata. The second half opens with Kapralova's April Preludes followed by Chopin's final D minor prelude. Germaine Tailleferre, who died in 1983 aged 95, features with her sunny E major impromptu followed by Chopin's Fantasy Impromptu in the relative C sharp minor. Mel Bonis's passionate Etude concertante goes along with Chopin's Octave Study and the programme closes with a beautiful nocturne by the Danish composer and friend of Grieg's, Agathe Backer-Grøndhal, paired with Chopin's grand 'Heroic' Polonaise. Not to be missed!
Friday 24th September 2021, 7:30pm JOY DUNLOP - SCOTTISH & GAELIC SINGER
Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop’s singing career is the result of a life–long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major Celtic festivals, to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and New Zealand. Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal and released two highly acclaimed solo albums, Dùsgadh and Faileasan. She is also the driving force between ‘Gaelic/Gaeilge supergroup’, LAS and has released collaborative albums with Twelfth Day, Music Makes Me and Melody & Derrick Cameron, amongst others. A popular television & radio presenter, Joy presents the weather on both BBC Scotland & BBC ALBA, in addition to frequent appearances on Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gàidheal. She also conducts the Alba Choir, Scotland’s first ever Eurovision entry, when they participated in the 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Friday 29th October 2021, 7:30pm FYRISH STRING QUARTET -
Established in late 2017, the Fyrish String Quartet is a young, vibrant ensemble. Each member excelled during their studies and collectively they have received tuition from some of the UK's leading musicians. The quartet is made up of Joe Hodson, Violin, Emma Donald, Violin, Sarah Leonard, Viola & Tim Cais, Cello The quartet has performed across Scotland, presenting varied programmes often combining classical and folk music. Tonight’s programme will include Haydn’s Quartet No. 63 in Bb major, Op. 76, No. 4; and Mendelssoh’s String Quartet in No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Sunday 30th January 2022, 2:30pm CHARLOTTE ROWAN - VIOLIN
This programme takes the audience on a journey of the violin. A tale of nine different composers and nine different countries. Each piece has a distinct personality yet drawn together they form a voice that charts a fascinating lineage of the violinistic genre. Framing the programme is a nod to the great virtuoso masters, Pablo de Sarasate and Henryk Wieniawski, whose music is characterized by magical pyrotechnichal fireworks and operatic bel canto. The earliest work, the ‘Chaconne’ by a Bolognaise violinist, Tomaso Vitali is grounded in Italian Baroque taste yet mirrors the exciting revolution of violin making in 1600s Italy. We visit the height of the Romantic era in Schubert’s ‘Valse Caprice’, Mendelssohn’s ‘Rondo Capriccioso’ and Grieg’s ‘Violin Sonata No. 3’ with their vast palette of tonal colours and daunting spectrum of atmosphere, drama and passion. And by the 20th Century we fuse this with the introduction of jazz and South American rhythms in Milhaud’s ‘Brasilliera’. Finally, the journey rests at the present-day with two 21st Century composers, Ian Venables and Andre Previn and two pieces that bring a contemporary yet peaceful voice to the lyrical beauty of the violin.
Friday 18th February 2022, 7:30pm OLIVEROS ENSEMBLE -
ESCOCIA DUO (Violin & Guitar) Friday 25 March, 2022, 7.30pm Chilean Guitarist Roberto Kuhn and Yorkshire violinist Katrina Lee formed the Escocia Duo whilst studying for their Masters Degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. An established Violin and Guitar duo, they play a diverse range of repertoire including music by Paganini, Piazzolla and Bartok as well as a growing number of their own arrangements: As a duo they made their debut performance touring Chile, South America in May 2017. Since, they have played a number of recitals in Scotland where they are based.
Friday 25th March 2022, 7:30pm ESCOCIA DUO - VIOLIN & GUITAR
Chilean Guitarist Roberto Kuhn and Yorkshire violinist Katrina Lee formed the Escocia Duo whilst studying for their Masters Degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. An established Violin and Guitar duo, they play a diverse range of repertoire including music by Paganini, Piazzolla and Bartok as well as a growing number of their own arrangements: As a duo they made their debut performance touring Chile, South America in May 2017. Since, they have played a number of recitals in Scotland where they are based.