ICM AND A1WM NEWSLETTER

august 2016

 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra -+- IMAG Exhibitions

Charles Edward Stuart and the ’45 -+- Glyndebourne Screening Beatrice and Benedict

Cromarty Youth Opera -+- Music in The Old High -+- At One With Music

Nairn Book and Arts Festival -+-  Musick Fyne  -+-  Highland Chamber Orchestra

ICM rebranding

 

Festival season is well and truly upon us so many of the more notable events are in other airts, notably Edinburgh, but even so, there is something for everybody in the Inverness hinterland during August.

Looking back, my personal highlights during July were the captivating performance for At One With Music by cellist Alice Allen and violinist Colin Scobie of the Kodály Duo Op 7 and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.  Surprisingly there is not very much repertoire for this combination of instruments and to get two of the masterpieces in one concert, played so beautifully, was an absolute treat.  Also the Edinburgh Quartet’s “Apprentice” Tour which I caught at Strathpeffer last Friday when the young violist Emily Pond joined the Quartet for a magic performance of Dvoƙák’s “American” Quintet that left the theme from the final allegro giusto going round and round in my head for hours afterwards.

But on to what’s coming up in August..

 

 

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

 

EMPIRE THEATRE, EDEN COURT

 

THURSDAY 4th AUGUST at 8pm

 

For their 2016 summer tour to Inverness, Aberdeen and Blair Atholl the SCO are conducted by Lahav Shani whose publicity states that he is the “prodigiously gifted 27 year old Israeli conductor whose conducting career was launched when he won first prize at the 2013 Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg. Since then he has quickly established himself as one of the most talked about young conducting talents making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity and natural, instinctive musicality.”

The concert opens with the Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ by Prokofiev and then the SCO Guest Leader Stephanie Gonley and Principal Viola Jane Atkins are the soloists for the popular Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K364 by Mozart.  The main symphony is the No 8 in F major by Beethoven.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463234234 or on line at www.eden-court.co.uk  Or you can book online at www.sco.org.uk

 

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INVERNESS MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

CASTLE WYND, INVERNESS

THREE EXHIBITIONS

6th AUGUST until 10th SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY – SATURDAY. 10.00am to 5.00pm

ADMISSION FREE 

LOUISE BOURGOISE PRINTS.  This Hayward Touring exhibition features two series by one of the most important and influential artists of recent decades, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Best known for her powerful emotionally charged sculptures and fabric figures, her output was formidable, growing more expressive as she aged.  This French-American artist’s work always maintained strongly autobiographical themes, centring on her own obsessions and vulnerabilities – loneliness, insecurity, anger, sadness, desire.

CAROLINE INCKLE  -  A System for Paradise.  Based in Forres, Caroline Inckle’s work explores a material relationship with the world through both image making and sculpture. Often beginning with walking, collecting and engaging physically with natural objects and environments as a process of orientation. Inckle goes on to use imagery and documentation from the collecting process to create drawings, prints and sculptural installations. Inckle graduated from Moray School of Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include: Caol Ruadh, The Scottish Sculpture Park, Argyll (2015); RE:Production, 1 Royal Terrace Glasgow (2014)Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh (2014) and RSA New Contemporaries at the Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh (2013). Recent residencies include Hospitalfield arts in Arbroath (2015), The Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and The Bothy Project, Inshriach.

REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR.  This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Thought-provoking and poignant, and encompassing famous Scots as well as far less well-known figures, it makes a major contribution to this year’s global commemorations.

Developed by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition largely drawn from works in the National Galleries of Scotland collections and includes a rich variety of portraits and related works in various media. It provides a significant opportunity to learn about the devastating impact of the First World War and its consequences, and specifically about the key role that Scotland and the Scottish people played.

Also, until 27 August  -  REFLECTING THE CELTS.  Metal mirrors with a polished reflective surface on one side and swirling Celtic art designs on the reverse were first made around 100BC. Celtic art acted to mark out powerful objects in the Iron Age, and versions of these styles have been key to reflecting people’s identities right up to modern-day Britain. The two mirrors in the tour tell very different stories. They reveal both similarities and local differences which help us to understand the relationships between communities across Britain 2,000 years ago.

The British Museum’s Holcombe mirror, from Devon, south-west England, was uncovered during the excavation of a Late Iron Age settlement which lay beneath a Roman villa. The back of the mirror is engraved with a stunning looped design which perfectly balances engraved motifs with empty space. This was a new style of Celtic art which developed in southern Britain as communities here were coming into closer contact with the Roman world.

National Museums Scotland’s mirror was discovered at Balmaclellan in Kirkcudbrightshire, south-west Scotland. It was part of a hoard of metalworkwrapped in cloth parcels which was placed in a bog, perhaps as an offering to the gods. Unlike the English mirror, both faces were smooth for reflecting. Decoration is confined to the handle, the shape of which is modelled on Roman vessel handles.

 

http://www.nts.org.uk/site/images/events/charles_edward.jpgNATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTRE

CHARLES EDWARD STUART AND THE ‘45

TALK BY JACQUELINE RIDING

SATURDAY 6th AUGUST at 1.00pm

Join Jacqueline Riding for an engaging and exciting talk. Jacqueline author of the new book ' Jacobites: A New History of the '45 Rebellion. She will be exploring images of the prince, created during the '45, and including the famous "Wanted Poster" and the recently discovered portrait by Allan Ramsay. ...

Jacqueline Riding is the former Assistant Curator, the Palace of Westminster and founding Director of the Handel House Museum, London. 

For further information please call 01463 796090 or visit culloden@nts.org.uk  Due to high demand at previous talks booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA LIVE SCREENING

BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT by HECTOR BERLIOZ

LA SCALA CINEMA, EDEN COURT

TUESDAY 9th AUGUST at 6.30pm

Closing Glyndebourne's 2016 cinema season is a rarely performed sparkling gem. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Berlioz’s Béatrice Et Bénédict is an impassioned love letter to the Bard. It makes a perfect addition to 2016’s Shakespeare400 celebrations, marking 400 years since the playwright’s death. This is the first ever fully staged version of the opera at Glyndebourne, as it has only previously been performed as a concert piece.

Directed by Laurent Pelly.  Stéphanie d’Oustrac sings Béatrice with Paul Appleby as Bénédict.  Sung in French with English subtitles.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, phone 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

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CROMARTY YOUTH OPERA

CROMARTY WEST CHURCH

DIDO AND AENEAS by HENRY PURCELL

10th, 11th and 12th AUGUST at 7.00pm

Cromarty Youth Opera has become something of a fixture in that lovely Black Isle community since it was founded by Edward Caswell in 2013.  Every August youngsters from the area come together to design, rehearse and give three performances of an opera.  They raise the standard year by year and for their fourth production they will be presenting Henry Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas in Cromarty West Church at 7.00pm on Wednesday 10th , Thursday 11th and Friday 12th August.  Admission is free but ticketed, available from Cromarty Stores, 15 Bank Street, Cromarty (01381 600550). 

 

Old High St Stephen's ChurchMUSIC IN THE OLD HIGH

GUITAR RECITAL by NESTOR BEVERIDGE

SATURDAY 13th AUGUST at 12.00noon

ADMISSION BY DONATION

Further information from Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.ata@btinternet.com

 

 

AT ONE WITH MUSIC

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE, INVERNESS

PIANO RECITAL BY MAREK KOCHMANSKI

FRIDAY 26th AUGUST at 1.00pm

Now living in Oban, Marek Kochmanski was born in Poland in 1981.  From the age of 7 he was taking private piano lessons and went on to study music at University of Silesia in Katowice from where he graduated B.Mus in 2005 as a pianist, composer and educator. Marek moved to Scotland in 2006 and since then he has been teaching music and playing recitals in Poland and Scotland. In 2015 he won First Prize in Lady Fermoy Piano competition, part of the Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival in Oban. His performances concentrate on classical music and his skills at improvisation.

Marek's programme for At One With Music is:-

Beethoven  : Piano Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27. No. 2 “Quasi una Fantasia”

Mozart : Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K. 545

Chopin : Selection of Waltzes

Chopin : Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 "Heroic"

 

Doors open at 12.30pm, Marek’s recital starts at 1.00pm and will last for about 55 minutes.  Admission costs £6 for adults and £1 for children, payable at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nairn Book and Arts Festival's Profile PhotoNAIRN BOOK AND ARTS FESTIVAL

VARIOUS VENUES (17 in all)

30th AUGUST to 4th SEPTEMBER

www.nairnfestival.co.uk

 

If ever an event is going from strength to strength it is the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.  Now in its thirteenth year the Festival Committee have once again come up with a huge variety of performances covering many genres, ranging from travel guru Simon Calder to BBC Scotland’s Political Editor Brian Taylor, from Scotland’s Solicitor General to an evening of Spanish Flamenco.  The best advice is to browse the website www.nairnfestival.co.uk and make your choice, remembering that many of the events sell out quite quickly.

 

 

THE MUSICK FYNE SOLOISTS

THE INVERNESS FRAGMENTS TOUR

UNITED REFORM CHURCH, NAIRN

THURSDAY 1st SEPTEMBER at 7.00pm

 

Our good friend, the ubiquitous James Ross is at it again!  The Musick Fyne Soloist are shortly embarking on a tour with a programme featuring some fascinating music from the Inverness Sangscule of the mid-16th century. The ‘Inverness Fragments’ survived in the binding of a law book, and provide an intriguing window on an unsuspected musical past in the Highlands. 

Alongside the choral music from 1540s Inverness, the singers will also perform Robert Carver’s delightful Mass Pater Creator omnium and a couple of beautiful Scottish Renaissance motets.

Tickets £8 (under 18s £3) available from Nairn Book and Arts Festival (www.nairnfestival.co.uk).  Further performances at the Old High Church, Inverness on Saturday 10th September at 12.00noon and in the Chapel, Gordonstoun School on Thursday 22nd September at 8.00pm.

 

http://s3.spanglefish.com/s/4502/pictures/big/hco_logo_rgb.jpgHIGHLAND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

SUMMER TOUR 2016

LOCHABER HIGH SCHOOL  -  FORT WILLIAM

SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

                            DORNOCH CATHEDRAL

                            SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER at 3.00pm

Conductor Susan Dingle takes the Highland Chamber Orchestra to Fort William and Dornoch during the first weekend in September.

The HCO will be performing:

Rossini  :  Overture to The Barber of Seville

Sir Arthur Sullivan  :  Cello Concerto in D major  -  Soloist Katy Bell

Tchaikovsky  :  Mozartiana Suite

Katrina Gordon  :  Fingerless Dougal

Zoltán Kodály  :  Dances of Galánta

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions, £1 children) on sale at the door on the day or in advance from the HCO on 07907 565895.

Katrina Gordon is a Caithness based composer and continues the HCO tradition of commissioning orchestral works from Highland composers.  Fingerless Dougal is a programmatic piece based on a Highland folk tale about a wee boy and a kelpie.  

The 2016 HCO Composers Competition is currently in progress.  Further details on the HCO website www.highland-chamber-orchestra.co.uk

 

 

AND FINALLY….

At the risk of becoming a hostage to fortune, after an unusual number of changes the 2016/2017 Season for Inverness Chamber Music has been fixed, and to celebrate ICM has decided to rebrand its working name to emphasise that we are inclusive and welcome everybody to our concerts.  The annual leaflets are in the post on the way to you and if you would like to purchase Season Tickets please still make your cheques payable to Inverness Chamber Music, or I.C.M.  Otherwise please use our new name:

 

musicinverness

 

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