September 2016

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

Scottish Ensemble  -+-  Play Pieces  -+-  HDFAS  -+-  Music in the Old High  -+-  Beauly Cares

Jazz Nairn  -+-  Marvel of Peru  -+-  RSNO  -+-  NCETM Showcase 

National Chamber Music Day  -+-  musicinverness  -+-  Music Nairn  -+-  At One With Music

Royal opera and National Theatre Screenings

 

Forget the evenings drawing in, the real sign that autumn is approaching is when the BBC announce the names of the unknown celebrities for Strictly Come Dancing.  A more reliable indicator is National Chamber Music Day followed by the opening concerts in the annual series promoted by music clubs the length and breadth of the land.  And September has much to offer.  Make yourself a cup of coffee and start reading.

 

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.

 

 

Scan_20160801 (2)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.  See below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 (Closing Date is 8th September).  Further details on the HCO website www.highland-chamber-orchestra.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Ensemble             SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE

     AMERICAN LIFE

  EDEN COURT, ONE TOUCH THEATRE

  THURSDAY 8th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

 

Join the UK’s leading string orchestra for a rich musical journey through the North American landscape, from the anxious hum of the metropolis to the hot fervour of the Deep South.

     

Mark Stewart        To Whom It May Concern, Thank You
Philip Glass           Company
Nico Muhly            Motion
John Adams          Shaker Loops
James Manson     Meeting at Nisqueunia (Scottish Ensemble commission)
Aaron Copland      Appalachian Spring

From the simmering cinematic joy of Philip Glass’ Company to the ecstatic frenzy of John Adams’ 21st-century masterpiece, Shaker Loops, we descend, gently, into Aaron Copland’s evocative, russet-toned depiction of a New England landscape, performed complete with clarinet, flute, bassoon and piano.

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

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HALLAIG by IAIN FINLAY MACLEOD

TOURING TO VARIOUS VENUES

ALL PERFORMANCES AT 1.00pm

IN ASSOCIATION WITH BLAS FESTIVAL

 

A young man, Sorley, drives north to Raasay to try to stop the woman he loves marrying another man. Her name is Eimhir.  But as Sorley nears Raasay, the memories of his upbringing in Hallaig Wood return. Memories he has suppressed since he ran away from the island at fourteen, never to return.  When he reaches the island, the same choice he ran from many years ago confronts him again.

'Hallaig' is based on two poems written by Sorley Maclean - 'Hallaig' and 'An Roghainn'. It is a story about unrequited love and how the small choices we make in life can affect us.  It is about loss - of time, life, love and language.

"Hallaig' is produced by Robhanis Theatre Company, a Gaelic theatre company based on the Isle of Lewis. This play received support from Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow Life, An Lanntair and Play Pieces.

Tuesday 6th September  :  The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore  01479 811137

Wednesday 7th September : Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye.  01471 844207

Thursday 8th September : The Croft, Dingwall.  01349 862468

Friday 9th September : The Drouthy Cobler, Elgin.  01343 596000

Saturday 10th September : Phoenix Ale House, Inverness.  01463 240300

Admission £10 includes a pie and a drink.  Doors open at 12.30pm.  Booking essential.

www.playpieces.co.uk

 

http://www.hdfas.org.uk/Images/nadfaslogo1.jpgHIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

COFFEE MORNING AND LAUNCH OF SEASON

SMITHTON CULLODEN FREE CHURCH

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at 10.30amD

The HDFAS Committee invites you to a Coffee Morning to launch the 2016-17 Programme on Saturday, 10th September from 10.30 to 12.30 at Smithton Free Church, Inverness.       Please come along and bring a friend.    There is no charge.      This is a social information morning for HDFAS and other Arts Groups.    RSVP to davidmartin30@hotmail.com or 01463 237949.

   

 

THE MUSICK FYNE SOLOISTS

THE INVERNESS FRAGMENTS TOUR

OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at 12 noon

 

The Musick Fyne Soloist present 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.

Admission free.  Retiring collection.

 

 

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 BEAULY AND DISTRICT CARE PROJECT

FUND RAISING DANCE

PHIPPS HALL, BEAULY

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

From 7.00pm

The evening starts at 7.00pm with a Lindy Hop dance class from Melody McIndoe, and then you get to dance the night away with the Highland Swing Big Band from 8.00pm.

Raffle prizes, with all proceeds going to Beauly Cares.

Bring your own bottle.  Tea and coffee served during the break.

Tickets from Morison’s Hardware, Beauly (01463 782213), or on the door.  £10.

 

Jazz NairnJAZZ NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

TOMMY SMITH AND BRIAN KELLOCK

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at 8.00pm

Saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock are Scotland’s international jazz ambassadors, having worked with jazz’s leading players and wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.  They team up to create a beautiful and imaginative duo who bring a special musical relationship to the stage.

Tickets £15, Students £3.  On the door or from Nairn Community and Arts Centre Box Office on 01667 453476

www.jazznairn.org

 

 

 

The richly decorated interior of Brodie Castle

MUSIC AT THE CASTLE

THE MARVEL OF PERU

BRODIE CASTLE DRAWING ROOM

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER at 8.00pm

The exciting Baroque ensemble, The Marvel of Peru, returns to Brodie Castle under the direction of James Ross with special guest tenor, Christopher Josey.  They will perform a delighful selection of music by Purcell, Telemann and Handel, featuring the famous Water Music and the beloved aria ‘Where’er you walk’.

Tickets £14.  Interval refreshments available.  Seating is limited so advance booking is essential.  Bookings : Tel. 01309 641371 or online at www.nts.org.uk/Events

www.coronach.co.uk

 

RSNO     RSNO GALA CONCERT

    EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

    WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

Join Scotland’s National Orchestra for a gala concert evening packed full of the world’s best-loved songs and music from musical theatre and opera! The RSNO will be conducted by the young Uzbekh Aziz Shokhakimov and the concert will feature the sensational young American diva Angel Blue in an evening of spectacular music, including Puccini’s famous O Mio Babbino Caro, Rachmaninov’s spine-tingling Vocalise, Gershwin’s sultry Summertime from Porgy and Bess, and Lerner and Loewe’s enchanting I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady… All these classics and more, performed with passion and style by a voice to die for. 

Tickets are selling fast so don’t delay getting in touch with Eden Court Box Office, in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

  • Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd. SGOIL CHIÙIL NA GÀIDHEALTACHD
  • SHOWCASE CONCERT
  • ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL, INVERNESS
  • THURSDAY 15th SEPTEMBER at 1.00pm

Since its establishment in 2000 the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, based at Plockton High School on the west coast looking out over Loch Kishorn and the Applecross peninsular, has developed an ever increasing international reputation for the exceptional standard of its students.  Fresh from an acclaimed day of performances within the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, a group of students from Sgoil Chiùil, under their charismatic director Dougie Pincock, will perform a selection of their own compositions and arrangements.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of the Cathedral Funds.

 

 

 

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  • ENTERPRISE MUSIC SCOTLAND
  • NATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC DAY 2016
  • SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER
  • MANY VENUES ALL OVER SCOTLAND
  • From 11.00am to 7.30pm

 

2016 is the fifth year during which Enterprise Music Scotland, the lead organisation for the promotion of chamber music throughout the country, will be staging National Chamber Music Day.  Look out for groups of musicians popping up to play in unusual places, taking chamber music out to the community and demonstrating that it has an appeal to everybody.

Shopping centres, railway stations, garden centres, airports, hospitals and community centres  -  there is nowhere that might not suddenly erupt into music, with somebody passionate about chamber music being on hand to chat.

In Inverness listen out for cellist Katy Bell and violinist Eleanor Cameron in Tesco Extra in the Retail Park between 11.00am and 12.00 noon, after which they rush across the country to play in the GALE Centre in Gairloch.  You might also catch a wind trio on the Mull ferry from Oban to Craignure, a singer with flute and piano in Crathes Castle, or even a guitar and flute in the Lighthouse Stores at Brough Bay near Thurso.  Join in the fun.

 

Scan_20160801 (2)THE MUSICK FYNE SOLOISTS

THE INVERNESS FRAGMENTS TOUR

THE CHAPEL, GORDONSTOUN SCHOOL

THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER at 8.00pm

The Musick Fyne Soloist present 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.

Admission free.  Retiring collection.

 

RUISI STRING QUARTET

musicinverness

SMITHTON-CULLODEN CHURCH

FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

musicinverness opens its 2016/2017 Season with the award winning Ruisi String Quartet, and just like the last three seasons that opened with a string quartet, there are going to be two replacement musicians in the line-up.  Brothers Alessandro and Max Ruisi still occupy the First Violin and Cello chairs, but the two fine looking young gentlemen in the middle of the photo above have become two equally fine looking young ladies.

Bulgarian Greta Mutlu will be Second Violin.  Most of her musical studies have been on the other side of the Atlantic and she has gained degrees from the Royal College of Music in Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Carnegie Mellon University.  Playing Viola will be Luba Tunnicliffe, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holder of a Martin Scholarship, the in-house development programme for the Philharmonia Orchestra with whom she has just made her concerto soloist debut playing the Bartok Viola Concerto.

The Ruisi Quartet will be playing Haydn : String Quartet in G major, Op 33 No 5 and the Ravel String Quartet in F during the first half of their concert.  After the interval they will be playing the Mendelssohn String Quartet in E minor, Op 44 No 2.

Tickets cost £15 for Adults, £13 for Eden Court Friends or £5 for Under 16s, Full-time Students, Jobseekers Allowance, Disability Benefit or Income Support.  Tickets can be booked and purchased through the “Book Online” icon on www.invernesschambermusic.com  At the time of writing Eden Court Box Office has not set up the facility to purchase tickets through their Box Office Service, but hopefully this will be available soon.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the night from 7.00pm.

Alternatively, there are good savings by buying a Subscribers Ticket which admits you to any FIVE of the eight concerts in the season for only £50  -  just two-thirds of the full price!  Send your details and a cheque payable to “I.C.M.” to James Munro, Administrator Inverness Chamber Music, Balnabruaich, 89 Culduthel Road, Inverness IV2 4HH  Or ask for details of how to pay by bank transfer.  Sorry, but costs and likely use make payment by plastic impractical.  Another benefit is that if you decide to come to any of the other three concerts in the Series you will still only pay £10 for each.

 

 

 

http://www.tasminlittle.com/images/tasmin-free-cd/cover-300-3.jpgTASMIN LITTLE  -  THE NAKED VIOLIN

MUSIC NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

In 2008, Tasmin launched her project, The Naked Violin, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and performing in the community where music is rarely heard. Within days of the CD release, 6,500 websites had linked to Tasmin’s site and within a few months, more than half a million people had visited and downloaded. The project was filmed for television by ITV’s The South Bank Show and continues both in UK and has toured in America, China, New Zealand, Ireland and United Arab Emirates (Dubai).  During The Naked Violin Tasmin will some of her favourite solo repertoire, talk and answer questions from the audience.

For Music Nairn Tasmin has chosen to play:

Telemann  :  Allegro

Paul Patterson  :  Luslawice Variations

Bach  :  Chaconne from D minor Partita

Bach  :  Loure, Gavotte and Gigue from E major Partita

Albeniz  :  Leyenda (arr. Jennings/Little)

Ysäye  :  Ballade

 

Tickets through Music Nairn Box Office (boxoffice@musicnairn.org.uk)  Members £15, Non-members £19.  Students £3.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door on the night, but this event is likely to be very popular.

 

 

AT ONE WITH MUSIC

SUSIE SIMPSON TRIO

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE, INVERNESS

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER at 1.00pm

At One With Music is delighted to welcome back Susie, Gillian and Jock for another lunchtime session of toe-tapping Scottish dance music, played by three of Inverness’s most popular dance musicians.  The perfect way to unwind in the middle of the day  -  and don’t forget the tasty treats in the Hidden Gem Café within the Spectrum Centre.

Doors open at 12.30pm.  Admission £6 for Adults and £1 for Children.

 

 

     FILM PREVIEW

  SELECTED LIVE AND ENCORE SCREENINGS

 

Thursday 1st September at 7.00pm.  La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

National Theatre Live

Terence Rattigan  :  The Deep Blue Sea

Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. 

With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

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

 

Thursday 22nd September at 7.00pm.  La Scala Cinema, Eden Court.

National Theatre Live

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill  :  The Threepenny Opera

Mack the Knife is back in town.

A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.

London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off…

With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse: adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road).

Contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and filthy language.

 

Monday 26th September at 7.15pm.  La Scala Cinema, Eden Court.

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Bellini  :  Norma

Antonio Pappano conducts a wonderful cast led by Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja and Sonia Ganassi in a new production of Bellini’s operatic masterpiece, directed by Alex Ollé of the Catalan theatre company La Fura dels Baus, with designs by Alfons Flores, Lluc Castells and Marco Filibeck.

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

 

 

 

Coming up in October

Thursday 6th October at 7.30pm.  The Osprey Music Society, Boat of Garten.  The Scottish Ensemble Sextet plays Strauss, Brahms and Schoenberg.

Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm.  Music Nairn.  Cremona String Quartet play Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Friday 21st October at 7.30pm.  Nairn Community and Arts Centre.  Liz McLardy and Friends.  Strauss Four Last Songs and other gems.

Friday 28th October at 1.00pm and 7.30pm.  Spectrum Centre and Smithton Culloden Church.  Robin Michael plays all six Bach Cello Suites over two concerts.

Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm.  Music Nairn.  William Howard (piano) plays music by Mendelssohn, Schumann/Liszt, Schubert/Liszt, Schubert and Chopin.

 

More details in the October eNewsletter.

Enjoy what you go to, and hope to meet you somewhere.