Dates for 2019

8th December – Lantern Singers Christmas Concert

More details will be posted shortly.

The year 2018 had a busy and successful concert season at St Margaret’s.


Sunday 9th December.  The Lantern Singers and the Gordonstoun Junior Choir under the direction of    Lisa Kerr performed a concert of Christmas Carols.  There was a good selection of modern carols, as well as some traditional carols in which we could all participate.  The highlight was a selection of carols by Bob Chilcott.  Singing and timing as always were excellent. Also, the Junior Choir performed to a very high standard, conducted by Adam and Phoebe Csenki.  We treasure our relationship with the Lantern Singers. They show great loyalty to us as this was their 9thperformance at St Margaret’s.

Friday 23rd November, Saturday 24th November, Sunday 25th November  A duo called “Plough”, consisting of Christian Lontzek and Per Engstrand gave performances of Folk Music from round the world at Gordon Chapel, Fochabers, St John’s, Forres and the Parish Church, Aberlour. Between them, they played an entertaining selection of music on a wide range of instruments (pipes, penny whistles, key fiddles, organ. Harmonica and others).  The performances all had local interest, as they included primary children at Fochabers, secondary children at Forres and the Senior Reelers at Aberlour.

Saturday 29th September.  The Aurora Singers and Chamber Orchestra from Huntly, conducted and directed by Hugh Johnstone and Hannah McGinlay, performed a varied and ambitious programme.  They came with a high reputation, having won the Silver Shield at the Aberdeen Music Festival for three successive years, a reputation fully justified.  The first part consisted of the Scottish première of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo, a fascinating rendering of Psalm 100, with sections in 6 different languages.  The second half contained a variety of traditional and modern songs.  The standard was very high and the choir was most enthusiastic.  Hugh Johnstone controlled a group of over 40 well, including a small orchestra which had not met before the big day.   We had a large audience, boosted by followers from Huntly.

Friday 21st September.  The Keith and District Silver Band are no strangers to us.  As well as having performed for us before, they are regulars at the Parish Church.  Willie Barron has retired from conducting, which is now shared between George Brown and Ed Friday.  It was great to have them back and they played lots of styles and ages of music, ranging from Handel to the Beatles with great gusto.  Ed Friday played a brilliant solo recorder piece.  

 Tuesday 26th June.    Fiona Mancey Jones (Flute) and Juan Pablo Honorato (Guitar) visited us as part of a Scottish and Faroe Islands tour.  They played a programme of Spanish and Argentinian Tango music.  All of the second half was devoted to the Argentinian Tango composer, Piazzolla.  Their playing was really good, with superb sense of rhythm, changing emotions and togetherness.  Sadly they highlighted a problem we sometimes have at St Margaret’s, a poor (but discerning!) audience for a concert which many others would have enjoyed if only we could persuade them to come through the doors.

Friday 22nd June.  The Lantern Singers under the direction of Lisa Kerr gave their summer concert, “An Evening of Peaceful Choral Reflections”.  They never cease to amaze with their talent.  They performed a mixed programme of works by de Vittoria (16thCentury), Purcell (17thCentury), Bennett (20thCentury).  They have the knack of making music that might seem to be up in the clouds very accessible.  They sang with their usual talent and flair.  They get better and better.  It was good to welcome Adrian Cammack back as their accompanist.