Concerts in St Bride’s 2017-2018
September sees the start of another monthly series of Sunday Lunchtime Concerts in St. Bride’s Church.
As last year, these will be held at 1.00 pm. on the first Sunday of each month.
Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available, and the church is open from 12.30 pm.
These concerts were begun to raise funds for the restoration of our historic Hill organ, and we are pleased to be able to say that at this stage, we are quietly confident we will reach our target of the £150,000 needed to complete the work.
Fund-raising for the project continues, of course, until we reach our target. Thereafter the concerts will continue as a feature of the musical life of St. Bride’s, and to help maintain the organ and support the work of the church financially.
Following our last organ recital (June 24th) given by Dr. George McPhee, Patron of the Restoration Appeal, the organ was taken to Harrison & Harrison in Durham. The loft is now empty, and pointing work on the stonework and stone cleaning inside the chamber have been completed.
This means, of course, there can be no organ recitals until the instrument is returned – which work began in January 2018– but we have a varied programme of instrumental and vocal music lined up until its return.
### February 11th – Australian pianist Daniel Herscovitch###
Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue’. A rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of Bach’s contrapuntal masterpiece, in the beautiful acoustic of St Bride’s. Daniel Herscovitch is Associate Professor of Piano at The University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, where he has also lectured for many years in chamber music and piano pedagogy. Daniel has appeared at several festivals in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia, and made numerous recordings of repertoire from the 17th to the 21st century. His current tour is taking him to Hong Kong, the UK, Norway and Germany.
Admission FREE, donations to the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund warmly welcomed. Light refreshments served. All welcome!
SATURDAY APRIL 28th – OPENING ORGAN RECITAL – HENRY FAIRS
(details to follow)
Past Concerts 2017-2018
January – No Concert
December 3rd – Ivan Penev – Piano recital
Bulgarian pianist Ivan Penev gives a concert at St Bride’s in support of our Organ Restoration Fund, in a programme devoted to the legendary Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt. We are very grateful to Ivan for giving his time and talents for this cause, and we look forward to what promises to be a fabulous hour of Romantic music at its finest. Admission FREE, retiring collection for the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Fund (Gift Aid envelopes available). Light refreshments will be served.
November 5th –
Prof Graham Hair with ‘Scottish Voices’ – more details to follow
It is with great regret that we have had to cancel this concert due to unforeseen circumstances.
October 1st – Scottish Clarinet Quartet with Scott Lygate (contrabass clarinet) and Beth Taylor (mezzo-soprano). Harmony Clarinet 2. In this second of an occasional series of concerts featuring unusual members of the clarinet family, the Scottish Clarinet Quartet is joined by Scott Lygate on the Contrabass clarinet (a seriously impressive instrument at nearly nine feet long) to perform music by Glasgow-based composer Graham Hair. Guest mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor is accompanied by a trio of clarinets (ranging in size from sopranino to bass) to sing rarely-performed songs by Stravinsky and Dallapiccola, and the programme is rounded out with the group’s transcriptions of JS Bach’s Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland and sections from William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices. A great opportunity to enjoy some remarkable chamber music in the beautiful acoustic of St Bride’s Episcopal Church.
September 3rd – The Rhona MacKay Trio presents a concert of gems from the traditional folk and romantic classical repertoire in aid of the Organ Fund. Rhona was principal harpist with RSNO and her Highland background informs her approach to Scottish music. Cellist Laura Durrant has toured extensively with Celtic Thunder and is an RCS graduate. Flautist Eddie McGuire is well known as a composer and has arranged many of the pieces for the trio. They have played together on several National Trust for Scotland cruises.