Concert this Saturday: Richard Steele plays the historic Old High Willis organ

Richard Steele
Respected organist Richard Steele returns for a third time to play a concert on the historic Willis organ at the Old High Church this coming Saturday.

He’ll play music by J S Bach, Mendelssohn, Stanford and Vierne.

Download the programme here.

The recital is part of the 150th anniversary of the Royal College of Organists and donations will go to the RCO Anniversary Appeal.

To receive information about music at Old High St Stephen’s, email ohssmusic@gmail.com .

Old High music 2014

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Download the event poster here.

Richard Steele studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London University and Cambridge University.

After a teaching career which started in Edinburgh, he took a Master’s degree in Arts Administration at City University.

From 1988 Richard was Executive Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. Appointed Executive Director at the British Association of Concert Agents in 1994, he became the first Executive Director of the International Artist Managers’ Association in January 1996.

Director of Resources and then Artistic Policy at the Royal College of Music between 2002 and 2010, he is currently a trustee of the Gemini ensemble and the Kirckman Concert Society.

A Fellow of the RCO, he has given solo recitals throughout the UK, including St Paul’s, Ripon, Southwark and Lincoln Cathedrals, and accompanied choirs in many choral concerts, including the Brahms Requiem under Sir David Willcocks.

He is delighted to be giving another recital on the Old High organ.

With the 150 for 150 Recital Challenge, the Royal College of Organists (RCO) is celebrating its 150th anniversary by uniting organists across the country and internationally in a spectacular year-long celebratory recital series of at least 150 concerts.

Throughout 2014 the RCO will be celebrating 150 years of working for the advancement of this fine tradition. Through this recital, and other events like it, we hope that we can share our celebrations with everyone plays the organ, directs or sings in a choir, or simply enjoys the music.

More information here about the Royal College of Organists and its 150th anniversary celebrations

 

Organist and choir director sought for Old High Church

We are currently searching for a new organist and choir director for the Old High Church.

Here is the advert and the job description for the post.

ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR AT OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS

We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands

Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choir director for the Old High Church, Inverness.

The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music).

We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new.

Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of formal worship whilst being open to fresh ideas.

If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you: The Rev Peter W Nimmo 01463 250 802 peternimmo@minister.com

ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR
The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness
Job Description

Old High St Stephen’s is a congregation of the Church of Scotland with two places of worship: the Old High in the city centre and St Stephen’s in Southside Road. They have shared a minister since 1975, but have been an united congregation for more than ten years under a single Kirk Session, using historic churches as places of worship.

Church services are held every Sunday at 11.15am in the Old High, except for a small number of ‘congregational services’ when only one service is held that morning in one of our buildings. On these Sundays, the two choirs combine to lead the praise.

The Old High Church is on a site that goes back to Celtic times. Although there are some mediaeval parts of the building, today’s distinctive sanctuary dates from the 18th century.

It is a venue for significant civic and community occasions, such as the recent World War I Commemoration, and the annual Kirking of the Council.

The fine two-manual and pedal Willis organ was beautifully restored to its original condition in 2010, and there is a small enthusiastic SATB choir.

Duties would include:
• Leading worship with the organ and the choir at Sunday services and other services set by the Kirk Session.
• Developing the musical life of the choir and congregation, including the introduction of new choir repertoire and hymns.
• Leading regular choir practices.
• Helping to develop the concerts and other musical activities at the Old High.
• Playing for weddings and funerals (if available).
• Developing the important musical link with St Stephen’s.
• It is hoped the successful applicant might participate in the Worship Action Team.

Qualifications should include:
• A sound organ technique.
• Ability to lead a choir and bring out the musical talents of the congregation.
• Knowledge of, and a sympathetic and sensitive approach to, church music, worship and the Christian faith.

There will be a contract of employment based on the Church of Scotland’s standard organist contract.

This post requires PVG clearance.

For more information, please contact:

Rev Peter W Nimmo
Telephone 01463 250 802
Email: peternimmo(a)minister.com (replace (a) with @)

or the secretary to the selection committee, Mrs Margaret Sutherland (Depute Session Clerk), telephone 01463 235 324.

Applications, including a CV and details of two referees, should be sent to Mr Nimmo, either by email or by post to:

Rev Peter W Nimmo
24 Damfield Road
Inverness IV2 3HU

Paradoxical freedom: sermon for 29 September 2014 (St Stephen’s communion)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 28 September 2014

SERMON
Texts:  Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Paradoxical freedom

A few years ago, former Pope Benedict XIV, pondering why is Christianity is so unpopular in Europe today, said that he thought many people were put off Christianity because they think that, he said, that ‘Christianity is composed of laws and bans which one has to keep’ which is ‘something toilsome and cumbersome’ I didn’t often agree with Benedict, but I think he was right that time. Many people do think that Christianity- in its Catholic or Protestant forms- is cumbersome. I happen to believe that believing in Christ sets us free. But that is not always how it is seen. Continue reading