3rd August              African Evening – Aberdeen International Youth Festival


6th August               Pipe meets Organ

Christian Lontzek and Sebastian Schmoock are a well known performing duet in Germany. Christian is a Lutheran pastor in Halberstadt and Sebastian is an organist in Cologne. Christian plays the pipes (Scottish, German, Swedish and others) as well as the penny whistle among other instruments and Sebastian plays the organ.





 Aberdeen International Youth Festival and its connection with St Margaret’s Episcopal Church

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival was established in 1972, and has been hosted ever since by the University of Aberdeen. As part of its programme involving many hundreds of young performers from all over the world, it stages a series of concerts in smaller communities all over the north-east of Scotland. Since 1993, St Margaret’s Church, together with the Speyside Rotary Club, have jointly sponsored a series of concerts held in the church and also at the Speyside High School, which have brought an outstanding level of musicianship to the community. This has not only been beneficial for St Margaret’s Church, but also has attracted an audience from a wide area who might not otherwise have ever visited the beautiful church which is A-listed and protected by Historic Scotland. On Saturday 27 July, St Margaret’s Church hosted the Trio Dalriada, which featured north-east’s famed classical guitarist Ian Watt, together with Paul Livingston on violin, who not only performed together but also accompanied Ginny Wilson, an outstanding young soprano trained at Napier University, the Royal Welsh College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London. The programme for the evening included some classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach, some more modern music for the classic guitar by Hector Villa-Lobos and a Spanish song cycle by Manuel de Falla. Ginny Wilson was accompanied in a group of songs by James Oswald, an 18th century Scottish composer in the Baroque tradition whose music is not often heard, and the concert came to an outstanding finale with the beautiful “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. As an additional encore, the audience was treated to a very fine short recital by Paul Livingston on the Harrison & Harrison organ, which is one of the church’s outstanding assets, but is not now played as frequently as it should be. The audience on this lovely summer evening was drawn from a wide area of the north-east. Although the congregation of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church is quite small, the concerts have attracted over 500 people from the wider community over the twenty years in which the Aberdeen International Youth Festival has provided excellent young talent to fill the church, not only with people but with glorious sound.  The concert raised £290 for our repair and improvement project.   Again we are most grateful to our audience for coming, and to our generous and extremely talented performers for an evening of remarkable musicianship.