Lunchtime Recitals at St Mary s Cathedral

Lunchtime Recitals at St Mary’s Cathedral 15 to 20 August 2016 1.10pm There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music. Monday 15 Aug...
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Lunchtime Recitals at St Mary’s Cathedral

15 to 20 August 2016 1.10pm

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.

Monday 15 August, 1.10pm Sally Carr Soprano Calum Robertson Clarinet Dorien Schouten Piano Programme Cook

Three Songs of Innocence (Text: William Blake) Piping down the valley’s wild - The Shepherd - The echoing green James MacMillan The Blacksmith Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness Rory Boyle Vigils (Text: Siegfried Sassoon) Vibrations - Vigil in spring - Long ago Down the glimmering staircase - At the end of all roads Maxwell Davies Yesnaby Ground Schubert Shepherd on the rock Sally Carr began her musical career as a chorister at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. She attended St Mary's Music School where she studied voice with Susan Hamilton and cello with Ruth Beauchamp. She is about to enter her third year of BMus at Edinburgh University. She regularly sings with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Edinburgh University Singers and is the current soprano choral scholar at Old St Paul’s. This year she was thrilled to hold a place on The Sixteen’s youth training programme ‘Genesis 16’ and is about to make her second appearance with Edinburgh Studio Opera where she will be performing the role of Julia Bertram in their production of Jonathan Dove’s ‘Mansfield Park’ in this year’s Festival Fringe. Calum Robertson is a Live Music Now Artist and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, receiving a BMus Honours first class degree in July 2011 and a Masters in Performance in November 2012 in clarinet, having studied with John Cushing (former Principal RSNO). At the RCS he won The Mary D. Adams Prize for Chamber Music, the Classical Concerto Competition and The Governors’ Woodwind Recital Prize. In January 2010 he performed Carl Nielsen's clarinet concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of a joint scheme with the RCS and in February he broadcast Sir James MacMillan's solo work From Galloway on BBC Radio 3. In January 2014 he was awarded The Harriet Cohen Memorial Award, resulting in a new commission for clarinet and choir by Claire McCue called Kneeling. He freelances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has appeared as Guest Principal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the RSNO. Calum is Assistant Organist at Old Saint Paul’s, Episcopal Church, Edinburgh and is part of the trumpet and organ duo, Pistons and Pipes, with Tom Poulson. Dorien Schouten started playing the organ at the age of 10. At the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague she completed BA degrees in both organ (2010) and church music (2011) (including singing, conducting and piano). Dorien completed her organ Diplomprüfung (2013) and Konzertexamen (2015) in Berlin at the Universität der Künste, with Leo van Doeselaar, Paolo Crivellaro and Erwin Wiersinga. Dorien performs all genres of repertoire, both solo and ensemble, and historical as well as contemporary. She has premiered many pieces, most notably at the International Organ Festival Haarlem. Dorien is also an experienced continuo player, both in small chamber settings and for larger works.


There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.

Tuesday 16 August, 1.10pm Duncan Appleby Piano Programme Hindemith (1895-1963) Piano Sonata No. 2 1 - Mäßig schnell 2 - Lebhaft 3 - Sehr langsam – Rondo (Bewegt) Stanley Bate (1911-1959) Piano Suite No. 1, Op. 44 1 - Praeludium 2 - Hymn 3 - Rustico 4 - Serenade 5 - Burlando 6 - Promenade 7 - Interludium 8 - Perpetuum Mobile Duncan Appleby completed his Master's Degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music this summer, studying with Kathron Sturrock and Roger Vignoles. He has performed in many chamber and orchestral concerts within the RCM, and regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists in venues across London. In October 2015 he performed the Brahms Horn Trio with his trio Heitschi Bumbeitschi, as part of the Notting Hill Piano Trio Festival. For performance in a concert at the College in February, he selected the first Piano Suite by Stanley Bate from his unpublished manuscripts which are held in the RCM archives. Duncan received his Bachelor's degree from Birmingham Conservatoire in the summer of 2013. While in Birmingham, he played for a flautist's final recital, which included Jolivet's Chant de Linos. He accompanied many external recitals, one with Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin and Finzi's Till Earth Outwears, another The Nailmaker, by Midlands-based composer Robin Grant, written for the heads of the vocal and keyboard departments at Birmingham Conservatoire. Before moving to London, Duncan spent a year working in Edinburgh as an organist, and played cello in the Edinburgh University String Orchestra. In April 2014, he organised and performed a recital of Liszt's solo piano cycle Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses in St. John's, on Edinburgh’s Princes Street. In last year’s festival, Duncan accompanied three lunchtime song recitals here. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.


Wednesday 17 August No Recital Today 3.30pm Choral Evensong Live BBC Radio 3 Broadcast (Doors close 3.15pm) All Welcome

A STRAVINSKY CELEBRATION The Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral Friday 19 August 8.30pm £12 (under 18 free) Tickets on the door or in advance from the Fringe Box Office Launch of the choir’s Stravinsky CD Including music by Gesualdo, Bach, Stravinsky and Gabriel Jackson


There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.

Thursday 18 August, 1.10pm East Meets West Huw Rees Piano Dawn Cheung Zither Early Spring of Snow Mountain Based on Chinese folk music, composed by Fan Shanger and Ge Sang Da Ji in 1981

On the golden mountain of Beijing Chinese folk song, written and composed by Ma Zuo These two pieces have been arranged to explore common aspects of Chinese folk music and jazz. The first piece uses sections of the piece as a backing for the piano improvisation and the second uses jazz harmony to give a different feel to the melody.

Rainbow Choir

from the Second Yuying Foreign Language School of Nanjing, P.R. China

Jasmine A popular Chinese folk song which dates back to the 18th century. In time, many regional variations were created, and the song gained popularity both in China and abroad.

Blessing Written by Halyosy and dedicated to his nephew who just turned three at the time.

Happy when Sun Rises Chinese folk song composed by Gu Jin. Li Sirui Chinese Er Hu Zhang Yupeng Pipa New prairie herdsmen composed by Liu Changfu. Delightful days composed by Ma Shenlong in 1958 Huw Rees Piano Dawn Cheung Zither My Favourite Things The three pieces we have arranged for Chinese harp and jazz piano provide three different scenarios for east/west crossover. Often attempts at integrating elements of world music with western traditions result in a situation where the world music instrument serves only to provide a stereotypical backdrop to an otherwise entirely western form and structure. Conversely, the use of western techniques in music of the Far East tends to result in a synthetic and commercial sound, stripping away rhythmic and tonal subtleties developed over centuries. Our aim was to avoid these scenarios and have a dialogue between the musicians, where the combination of two traditions serves only to enhance the qualities of each, drawing attention to what they share in common. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.


Friday 19 August, 1.10pm Kirsten Z. Cairns Soprano Matthew Brown Piano Keep Calm and Cabaret On! Revisit the music which helped to keep morale up during World War II. Today’s programme includes love songs, dance music, and show tunes; a reminder of the best of times in the worst of times! Kirsten Z Cairns studied Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the New England Conservatory, Boston. Kirsten is trained in both operatic and concert repertoire, and as a performer with Scotland’s ‘Music in Hospitals’, she regularly sings pieces ranging from folk songs through musical theatre to opera arias! Kirsten recently returned to live in Glasgow; prior to that, she was based in Massachusetts, where she was the Boston Conservatory’s Director of Opera Studies. Kirsten has staged operas and plays at Boston Conservatory, Opera North (New Hampshire), Dartmouth University, Longy School of Music, Trinity Church Boston, Durham University, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series. Kirsten freelances as a stage director, performer/public speaker, and coach of actors and singers; she has lectured and taught for, amongst others, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Duke University (North Carolina), and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. You can find out more about Kirsten’s work at Matthew Brown is a pianist, composer, and musical director based in Larbert, Scotland. His career as a professional performer began upon completion of his degree course in 1998, and he works with numerous vocalists in styles ranging from jazz and musical theatre to classical and opera. He has worked for ‘Music in Hospitals’ since 1999 and is currently a piano accompanist with National Youth Choir of Scotland. As musical director, he has worked for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Queen Margaret University, Nonsense Room Productions, Millennium Youth Theatre, and the Strathcarron Singers. He is also an animateur for Scottish Opera’s Education programme. Matthew’s music has been widely performed across the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. He is the composer of the ‘Hairy Maclary & Friends’ show, which has toured across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore, including two Christmas seasons at Sydney Opera House. 6

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.

Saturday 20 August, 1.10pm Jonathan Yip Organ Programme Bach Froberger Frescobaldi Buxtehude Bach/Göncz

The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus I Ricercar V Cento partite sopra passacagli, F 2.29 Cazona in D minor, BuxWV 168 The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus XIV

Jonathan Yip currently serves as organ scholar at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. He is also the Director of Music at St Ninian's, Comely Bank, and a piano teacher at Fettes College. Hailing from Hong Kong, Jonathan first started learning the organ during the summer of 2008, inside the humid warehouse of a local organ builder in Kwai Fong. Shortly afterwards, Jonathan embarked on a flight to the Occident, switching his academic case from Hong Kong's Advanced Levels in Mathematics and Programming and drank from the well of English Literature and History at The King's School, Canterbury. Jonathan also started learning the organ under John Robinson, then Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He won in the Open Class of the 2009 Kent County Organists’ Association Organ Festival, and was further awarded an Honorary Music Scholarship. Jonathan was appointed Sub-Organist at St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong for his Gap Year in 2010-11, and was made Organ Scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he read English in 2011-14. While at Cambridge, he studied organ under Anne Page, and harpsichord under Douglas Hollick.

Cathedral Tours - Free Every Tuesday at 10am and Friday at 2.15pm (45 mins). Meet at the West Door of the Cathedral.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.


Sunday 21 August Services in the Cathedral 8am

HOLY COMMUNION (1929 Scottish Liturgy)

10.30am CATHEDRAL EUCHARIST Setting: Kodàly Missa Brevis Motet: Glinka Hymn to the Trinity 3.30pm

CHORAL EVENSONG & CHORISTER VALEDICTORY Canticles: Howells Collegium Regale Anthem: Tippett Five Spirituals Services sung by the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral

Sundays at 4.45pm CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITALS in the Cathedral 1 hour Free (retiring collection) Festival recital of popular organ works on the Cathedral’s mighty ‘Father’ Willis organ. Sunday 21 August Peter Backhouse, Assistant Organist, St Giles’ Cathedral.


There will be a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral Music.