University of Glasgow music graduate, Helen MacKinnon is a Scottish composer who began composing professionally in 2015. Helen’s growing portfolio of choral music is already enjoyed by choirs in Europe and Asia. Her setting of Gloria in Excelsis Deo was awarded by Ennio Morricone in the Florence International Choir Festival and recently recorded in Prague.
Helen takes inspiration from her Scottish heritage, faith and travels to shape her musical focus. Recent works include The Rinns of Islay, a musical journey around the island written for symphony orchestra. Living in Perthshire, Helen is on the Executive Committee of Perth Festival of the Arts and performs with Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Please see Helen’s website for full biography, list of works, news and upcoming performances.
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Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)
The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.
John Armitage Memorial Concert
Songs from the Marshes performed by Selwyn College Choir and conducted by Michael Bawtree
Also features Tallis’s Lights for brass quintet and organ.
Featuring Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia
Nordic jazz has its own heroes, and foremost among them are master bassist, Arild Andersen and drummer/percussionist, Paolo Vinaccia. Both are admired as pre-eminent jazz masters, and are strongly associated with impressive jazz music that exploits overlooked possibilities. They collaborate here with Tommy Smith and the SNJO to tell new and original jazz stories spun around Norse legends, and together will exploit the unlimited potential of musical imagery.
Imaginations will run riot as Thor swings that famous hammer and Odin’s thunder rolls high above the roof of Valhalla. Scandinavian jazz increasingly incorporates folk and hymnal elements from Norse music. It is a phenomenon that is often reflected in Scottish jazz, and it’s worth noting too that Scottish folk music shares some Norse heritage. This project will demonstrate that startling new music is still waiting to be discovered, created, heard and shared.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
Graeme McNaught piano
Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:
- Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
- Beamish: Divertimenti
- Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
- SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
- SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
- SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1