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.
Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert of Scots fiddle music old and new in the picturesque village of Kirkmichael in rural Ayrshire.
Tickets available on the door.
Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert in the wonderful setting of the Cathedral Of the Isles. Featuring Scots fiddle melodies ancient and modern.
Tickets available on the door.
JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent Romney Marsh and its famous medieval churches. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Romney Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and Lympne to New Romney. The Marsh churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival.
The role of Curator is an important one in how JAM on the Marsh is programmed. The position of Curator can only be held by a person for two years. This ensures that the festival is ever-developing and continuously changing. Curators to date have included the internationally renowned composers, Judith Bingham and Paul Mealor and for 2017 / 18 the organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey).
JAM on the Marsh 2017 Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th July. JAM on the Marsh 2017 will be curated by the internationally renowned organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey). Music will feature strongly with performances by BBC Singers and London Mozart Players, David Rees-Williams Trio and Mousai Singers. BBC Singers will give the world premiere of a Festival Commission commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, to words by Grahame Davies. There are art exhibitions including: John Doyle, mixed media artist, Jillian Bain Christie and photography exhibitions by: Tristan Fewings, Susan Pilcher and the students of the Marsh Academy. Shakespeare features prominently with performances of Hamlet by Changeling Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Pantaloons. There will also be poetry recitals, chlidren’s events, churches tours and much, much more! Full details to be released soon…
DreadnoughtRock in Bathgate
Friday 21st July 2017
7:00pm til 11:00pm
Minimum Age: 18
Outlaw Rock comes to Bathgate and to the Dread featuring BOB WAYNE all the way from the USA.