Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey…..Forthcoming Concerts

Sunday, 20 October at 7.30pm……….Celebratory Concert with orchestra and soloists of works by Naylor, Mozart and Finzi……….tickets, £10.00

Conductors and organ and piano soloists, George McPhee and Alexander Anderson with Heather Corbett (percussion) and Rhona McKay (harp)

Concerto for Organ, Strings , Harp and Percussion Peter Naylor…..
(This piece has been has been composed by Peter Naylor to celebrate Dr McPhee’s 50 years as Director of Music in the Abbey)

Eclogue for Piano and Strings Gerald Finzi

Divertimento in D major for Strings K136 W A Mozart

Alexander and George have been friends since the days when they both studied under Herrick Bunney at St Giles in Edinburgh. Although they did not know each other at that time, their paths crossed while studying in Sienna and they have remained friends ever since. Alexander has given recitals throughout the world and has been resident in the United States for some time.

Wednesday 23 October at 7.30pm………….Recital by Gordon Stewart, organist at Huddersfield Town Hall…………tickets, £10.00

Concert Overture in C Alfred Hollins
Toccata for the flutes John Stanley arr Harry Wall
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor Johann Sebastian Bach
Trio on Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend Johann Sebastian Bach
Mouvement Jean Berveiller
Outer Hebrides Paul Halley
Celtic Lament Noel Rawsthorne
Allegro Vivace and Final (Symphonie 1) Louis Vierne

Gordon Stewart was born in Dundee and is one of Britain’s best-known organists. For 15 years he worked in cathedral music, first in Manchester then in Blackburn. For over 20 years he has been Borough Organist of Kirklees where he plays regular concerts on the 1860 Father Willis organ in Huddersfield Town Hall.

After early lessons with Eoin Bennet and William Bernard, he studied in Manchester and Geneva with Gillian Weir, Eric Chadwick and Lionel Rogg. He has recorded on organs in the UK and in South Africa on the Priory, Dolcan and Lammas labels. He has played concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Orchestra Victoria. For over 20 years he broadcast regularly as soloist and conductor on BBC radio and television.

Gordon’s repertoire is large and covers all the major schools of organ composition. He is well-known as a teacher and after several years as Senior Organ Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music is now one of the organ teachers at Cambridge University. He has appeared as visiting tutor at courses for the Royal College of Organists, Oundle Organ Week, Gothenburg Organ Academy and Shenandoah Church Music Institute in Virginia.

Gordon has played concerts throughout the UK including Celebrity Concerts at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, throughout Europe, and in the United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Gordon has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal College of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music and the Guild of Church Musicians and an Honorary Doctorate by Huddersfield University

Tickets can be purchased from the Abbey, tel: 0141 889 7654 or at the door.

Published by Alan Mathew

Church Musician, Organist, Choir Leader

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