Concerts

Dates for 2019

There are already three confirmed concerts for 2019. These are: –

22ndJune – Aurora Choir

4th August – Christian Lontzec – Pipe meets Organ

27thSeptember – Keith Silver Band

More details will be posted shortly.

Lynette and Angus Findlay have been organising concerts at St Margaret’s for the last 9 years, following in the footsteps of Lester Borley, who when head of the Scottish Tourist Board was instrumental in bringing the Aberdeen International Youth Festival to Aberdeen.  It is thanks to Lester that St Margaret’s had a link with them. Luckily, we now have other strings to our bow.  Thanks are due to the congregation at St Margaret’s who have been helpful in many ways, from helping with food to moving furniture.

Beth Western has agreed to take over.  She will provide welcome ideas from a younger and more “in touch” generation.  Thank you, Beth.

The years 2017 and 2018 had busy and mostly successful concert seasons at St Margaret’s.

2018

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, Forresand 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.

2017

 Sunday 10th December.  The Lantern Singers and Little Lanterns, directed by Lisa Kerr, performed, as ever, a beautiful concert of Christmas music. The start of the performance was atmospheric, as the choirs processed up the aisle, following the singer of the first verse of “Once in Royal David’s City”.  After several carols performed with great verve by the Little Lanterns, the Lantern Singers performed a wide range of carols, old and new, filling St Margaret’s with beautiful music.

Friday 8th September.  Christian Lontzek and Par Engstrand performed their distinctive mixture of Folk Music from round the world at Gordon Chapel, Fochabers.  They were well received and their visits to the northeast of Scotland may become an annual occurrence.

Sunday 6th August. “Pipe meets Organ”, Christian Lontzek (Pipes from many countries, penny whistle, key fiddle and voice) and Sebastian Schmook (Organ).  Christian is a Pastor from the Lutheran Church in Halberstadt and Sebastian is an organist from Cologne Cathedral.  They visited us as part of a tour of northeast Scotland.  They played a wide variety of folk and classical music. They are a delight to listen to, as pipes and organ blend so well.

 Thursday 3rd August.  Aberdeen International Youth Festival provided us with a group of Burundian drummers.  They were loud, passionate, lively and very well received in Aberlour. Their music told a tale about uniting their country, which has been suffering from strife and civil war for years. It has been a joy to have groups such as this, for whom music may be a life saver.  Sadly, Aberdeen Council withdrew its funding from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and it has been wound up at the end of 2017.  We have had groups from them every year since the 1990’s, when Lester Borley started our association with them.  A bad blow to us and many other churches and halls round the Northeast, who have benefitted from the AIYF outreach programme.

Thursday 15th June.  The Edinburgh College of Music visited us as part of their Music Tour of the north  of Scotland. They comprised over 50 enthusiastic and talented young people and they fielded a Concert Orchestra,  Choirs, String Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Flute Quartet and Traditional Music Band.  It was a happy and enjoyable occasion, skilfully managed by three members of staff.  Hopefully they will return one day.