Studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St Andrew’s College of Education and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University. Head of Music at Balfron High School and organist at St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden. Compositions include Griminish Point and Conveyance (orchestral), Pattern of Life and The Fastest Man on Earth (choral), Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Liftoff (electro-acoustic) and various settings of liturgical texts. Saltire Sinfonietta, an orchestral work in three movements, was commissioned and premiered by the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra. Musical interests include 20th century music, jazz and music by Scottish composers.
Adrian Finnerty is a music teacher, composer, pianist, organist and examiner who lives and works just outside Glasgow. He is Principal Teacher (Learning and Teaching) of Creative Arts at Balfron High School, with responsibility for Music, Art and Design, and Drama, and has been responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a variety of staff development activities, workshops and in-service courses for teachers. He is also Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church, Bearsden, and teaches piano, theory and electronic keyboard.
Performing experience includes: playing piano and accompanying for concerts, festivals and examinations; playing the organ regularly for church services, including weddings and other special occasions; and conducting amateur choirs, orchestras and musical theatre groups. As a composer his work covers quite a wide spectrum, including; piano solo, choral, orchestral and electro-acoustic. He studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St. Andrew’s College of Education in Glasgow, and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh.
Compositions include; Griminish Point, Conveyance and Saltire Sinfonietta (orchestral), Pattern of Life, The Fastest Man On Earth and Balulalow (choral), Fanfare Academica and Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Lift-off (electro-acoustic), Rawley’s Patch and High-Rise Halloween (musicals), Contretemps, Kaprun and Tarbert (piano) and various settings of liturgical texts.
Qualifications include; BA(Hons) and MA in Education from the Open University; MMus in Composition, Jazz and 20th Century Music from the University of Edinburgh, DipTMus (Diploma in the Teaching of Music) from St. Andrew’s College of Education, DipABRSM (Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in piano teaching, and the ALCM (Associate Diploma of the London College of Music) in piano performing. He is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the European Piano Teachers’ Association, and the Guild of Church Musicians.
Currently working on a Doctorate in Education at the University of Strathclyde, Adrian Finnerty’s responsibilities and research interests include Learning and Teaching, Creativity and Co-operative Learning. Articles and reviews have been contributed to the Musical Times, the British Journal of Music Education, Music Journal, and local newspapers.
Musical interests include: Music in Education; 20th Century Music; Piano Pedagogy, Repertoire and Technique; Jazz; Organ and Choral Music, Nationalism in Music; Music by Scottish Composers; Composing, Arranging and Conducting.
Programme to include:
Wasson Curtain Call
Copland ‘Buckaroo and Hoe Down’ from Rodeo Suite
Whitacre Lux Aurumque
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
This jam-packed programme celebrates music from, and influenced by America, including works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. RCS brass student Jordan Robertson will feature as trombone soloist on Cook’s Bolivar.
Fri 18 Oct / 1pm
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concession)
Alastair Savage (fiddle) with Alice Allen (cello)
Fiddle player Alastair Savage was born and raised in Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast. He attended the Douglas Academy Music School before going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music before joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, he also works regularly with other groups throughout the country, both as a chamber musician and as a traditional fiddle player.
Alice Allen is from Aberdeenshire and formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble. Now one of Scotland’s top freelance cellists, she works with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Brodick Quartet.
They say that travel broadens the mind. For James Mackenzie, the raw and vulnerable singer/songwriter from the Scottish Highlands now calling Nurnberg his home, it’s also broadened his musical horizons.
Moving from Inverness to the continent in 2017, James has already dragged his music – achingly honest, relatable accounts of his and his loved ones’ triumphs and struggles that bypass the ears of the listener to hit them straight in the heart – across the length and breadth of Germany. Already he has played more than 100 gigs in all corners of the country, drawing appreciative crowds wherever he finds himself.
Music for the film Scapa 100 by Gemma McGregor
The Selecter have announced their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar. The Selecter will be playing an extended, hit-rich set each night with some added live favourites and surprises. They will also be joined for a few songs by vocalist Rhoda Dakar who will also play a DJ Set to open the nights.
The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Pauline Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene – she is often referred to as the Queen of Ska. Not only a crucial figure in the music community, Black is also a published author, gifted actress and a celebrated style icon.
Alastair Savage (fiddle) and Alice Allen (cello)
For our second concert in the Hilary Rosin Coffee Concert series we see students from RCS and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance collaborate in a performance of multiple keyboards!
Sun 20 Oct / 11.30am
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Mozart Fantasia in F minor
Bax Lyrical Interlude
Lutoslawski Four Silesian Melodies for four violins
Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major