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.
Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson are two rising young stars of the Swedish folk scene. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Mountain Meeting in 2015 the duo have become known for innovative interpretations of Nordic folk music. They invite the listener into a musical world where original compositions are mixed with traditional material, moving adeptly between atmospheric improvisation, tight melody playing and filmic soundscapes. Meet the violin and the accordion in a way that will surprise even the most dedicated folk music listener.
Barber Eassay for Orchestra No. 2
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian”
North meets South: and on a January afternoon in Glasgow, who couldn’t do with a bit of sunshine? Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony begins with a little explosion of sunlight and joy – music that sings, dances and simply lies back and soaks up the rays. Conductor Patrycja Pieczara flies us south this lunchtime. It’ll make a colourful contrast to Samuel Barber’s moody mini-masterpiece and adopted Glaswegian Oliver Searle’s entertaining musical stroll down our very own Sauchiehall Street!
Robert Saxton – Invocation, Dance and Meditation
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
Edwin Roxburgh – Monologue
Rory Boyle – Reeling
Huw Watkins – Fantasy
Howard Blake – Prelude from Benedictus
Takemitsu – A Bird came down the Walk
Thomas Adès – Darkness Visible
Robert Hugill – Three pieces from the Book
of Common Prayer
Paul Patterson – Elegiac Blues
Recognised for her qualities as a soloist and chamber musician, Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought-after young violists internationally, receiving five prizes at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. James Willshire also performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician, and appears regularly at the major UK concert halls.
Fraser Langton clarinet | Rosalind Ventris viola | James Willshire piano
Francaix Trio for clarinet, viola and piano | Mozart Keglestatt Trio | Rory Boyle Di tre re ed io
Trio Dramatis are an exciting and committed ensemble who have commissioned the Rory Boyle work being played today. It’s worth forming an ensemble just to be able to play Mozart’s wonderful Kegelstatt Trio, and composers such as Schumann and Bruch also wrote for the medium. The repertoire has vastly expanded in the 20th century, and the Boyle piece (the title means ‘Three Ds and me’, which might give you a clue as to the theme!) is varied and exciting, with very rapid interactions between the instruments while remaining emotionally powerful and not difficult to follow. The trio have recorded this piece on a Rory Boyle disc, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Francaix provides his usual mix of lively French frivolity with mildly twisted harmonies to set the recital off to a fizzing start.
With supporting songs from Cardiff Canton Singers led by
This is a charity night in aid of Care & Repair Cymru – Improving homes, Changing lives.
Tickets are £7 (£5 for concessions), and can be purchased on the door
BBC Singers, conducted by Michael Bawtree
Programme to feature Tales from the Marsh by Rory Boyle
Glasgow University Chapel Choir, Massed Choir, organist TBC
Programme to include Rory Boyle – 3 Faces in The Crowd (Piano Trio No. 3)
The Rembrandt Trio