Accordion, strings, woodwind and the historic Old High Willis Organ feature in a series of lunchtime concerts at the Old High Church, beginning on Saturday 15 June
One of the conditions of the grants from The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Common Good Fund was to set up recitals and concerts in the Old High following the restoration of the organ.
After a quiet year in 2012 a short programme of recitals has been arranged for this year. It is hoped that over the winter a full programme will be organised and published for 2014.
This summer’s recitals are:
Saturday 15 June at 12.30pm: James Ross and Robert Wallace – Clarinet and Button Accordion
Saturday 22 June: Aurora String Quartet
Franz Schubert: Quartett-Satz D703
Ross Edwards: Ecstatic Dance for two violins
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet
Saturday 21 September: Merlewood Ensemble
Catherine O’Rourke (flute), Margot Cruft (oboe), Isabel Paterson (violin), Alistair Nelson (viola), Imke Henderson (‘cello), Gordon Tocher (keyboard)
Having been established for over 10 years, performing successful concerts throughout the Scottish Highlands, from Skye to Banff, the Merlewood Ensemble play chamber music concerts by classically trained musicians who live in the Highlands. A versatile 6 – piece chamber group, performing a varied repertoire of music for strings, woodwind, voice and keyboard including solos, duets, trios, quartets and full ensemble.
Saturday 12 October: Recital on the historic Willis Organ with Richard Steele MA BMus FRCO FRAM GRSM HonRCM.
Richard Steele studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, took a London University BMus and then gained a PGCE at Cambridge University. He is the son-in-law of one of our elders, Diana Fraser.
All recitals at 12 noon, except for the first (at 12.30) and will last one hour.
Donations welcome for The Highland Hospice and The Archie Foundation Raigmore Childrens Ward Appeal.