Old High midday concert 11 June: Young Highland Musicians

11 June OH concert

The next recital at the Old High is on Saturday 11th June at 12 noon.

It will repeat the format of the concert last June when we invited some advanced Highland School musicians, including some senior pupils who are now moving on to the Conservatoire, to perform for us. This year they are offering a mixture of brass, violin and viola music.

Please come along to support these young musicians.

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Cotton Patch US Youth Choir 22 June at St Stephen’s

Youth Choir 2015 (3)The Youth Choir of University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina will perform the Cotton Patch Gospel at St Stephen’s this coming Monday at 7.30pm.

The young people from Carolina are staying with members of the congregation during the 2 days they are in Inverness.

Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin.


from Wikipedia

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including “Taxi,” “WOL*D,” “Sniper”, “Flowers Are Red,” and the No. 1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (Wikipedia).

Get a taste of The Cotton Patch Gospel on YouTube.

The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More about the choir, and this music, in their Church magazine.

Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon, or on the door on the night.

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Cotton Patch Poster

Highland School Leavers in concert: Saturday 6 June 12 noon at Old High

On Saturday 6th June at 12 noon there is an end of session recital at the Old High by various young Highland musicians, several of whom are now leaving school here to pursue their music education down south. They will perform solo their pieces for saxophone, flute, cello and violin and then play a number of ensemble pieces by Mozart, Dvorak and Bach. These pupils met up with the Reykjavik Quintet players. Now it is their turn to bring music to us, so we do hope this will be well supported.

Programme here.

Old High Music – Reykjavik Wind Quintet

The Reykjavik Wind Quintet are performing on Thursday 7 May 2015 at 7.30pm, the latest concert  in this year’s Old High Church music programme.

Rekjavik wind quintet

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2015 Old High Music Programme now available

The 2015 Old High music programme is now available.

Most- but not all- concerts are at 12 noon on Saturdays.

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Saturday at noon- contemporary organ music at the Old High Church



We welcome Mark Spalding, a former organ scholar from St Andrews University and currently organist in Arbroath, for the inaugural recital in the 2015 Old High Music Programme.

Mark, playing our historic Willis organ, plans to introduce us to some contemporary Scottish music, including work by Morris Pert, a composer with family connections around Inverness.

He will be joined by Haworth Hodgkinson, poet/musician/radio broadcaster, to perform certain pieces.

Saturday 21 March, 12 noon at the Old High Church. Donation programmes.

Brochures outlining the programme for the coming year will be available shortly. We do hope many of you will come along and enjoy what promise to be excellent recitals.

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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.

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Old High music 2014

Click here for more information about the lunchtime concerts at the Old High Church

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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