March 2017

 

 

Highland DFAS  -+-  At One With Music  -+-  Music Nairn   

Scottish Chamber Orchestra  -+-  musicinverness  -+-  Music in the Old High 

Musick Fyne  -+-  Highland Harps  -+-  Kenneth Steven  -+-  Scottish Ensemble 

  Silver Belles  -+-  Jazz Nairn  -+-  Ness Sinfonia  -+-  Osprey Music Society

Opera, Ballet and Drama Screenings

 

Indulge me!  I cannot allow the end of the meteorological winter slip past without reminiscing about one or two events in February.  At the beginning of the month we had the youthful Sinopia Quartet with a delightful Borodin quartet; the BBC SSO under the Brummie conductor Alpesh Chauhan hit exactly the right spot with Dvorak 8 and after years of waiting there was a late Beethoven quartet.  Satisfying the yearning was the Piatti Quartet with Op 130 with the Große Fuge.  Mesmerising, and so much so that I had to relish it twice, in both Inverness and Boat of Garten.

But on to what March has to offer; and it’s a pity it’s not an iPlayer as on a few evenings choices have to be made.

 

HIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

SMITHTON-CULLODEN CHURCH AUDITORIUM

THURSDAY 09 MARCH at 2.15pm

JOHN SINGER SARGENT  -  MASTER OF THE SOCIETY PORTRAIT

ILLUSTRATED TALK BY MARY ALEXANDER

This lecture explores Sargent`s dazzling society portraits, and also his more intimate portrait studies and sketches.    The range of Sargent`s portraits is astonishing, including his representations of childhood and psychological insight and humorous observations.  And if I can add a personal note.  Every time I visit Edinburgh I make a point of dropping in to the National Scottish Gallery on The Mound where on the first floor, dominating the nearby French Impressionists, is the portrait of Gertrude, Lady Agnew of Lochnawe  -  a haunting and beautiful painting with a very sad story behind it that doubtless Mary Alexander will recount.

 

 

AT ONE WITH MUSIC

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

SPECTRUM CENTRE THEATRE

FRIDAY 10 MARCH at 1.00pm

DANIELLE PRICE (tuba)

RUSNE-MONIKA PALSAUSKAITE (piano)

 

Every time Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major for violin and piano is played the programme notes tell the tale of how Franck composed the work as a wedding present for his friend and colleague Eugene Ysaÿe and how the sonata received its first performance, unrehearsed, at the wedding reception.  Subsequently the work was arranged for nearly every instrument in the orchestra and in this lunchtime concert Burghead raised and Glasgow based Danielle Price is going to play one of the less often performed arrangements accompanied by the Lithuanian pianist Rusne-Monika Palsauskaite.  Other works to be performed include an arrangement of Bach’s Organ Trio in C minor BWV 526 and Alla tua salute, amore mio based on a poem by Alda Merini and set to music by the Hollywood based Italian composer Barbara de Biasi.

Doors to the Spectrum Centre Theatre will open at 12.30pm; admission costs £6 for adults or £1 for under 16s.  Danielle and Rusne-Monika’s concert will start at 1.00pm and last for about 55 minutes.  Before and after the concert light meals and tasty snacks will be available in the Hidden Gem Café within the Spectrum Centre.

 

MUSIC NAIRN

NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

 SATURDAY 11 MARCH at 7.30pm

KAMMERPHILHARMONIE EUROPA

Now in its twelfth season the Kammerphilharmonie Europa (not to be confused with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe) is based in Cologne and is one of several similar musical organisations to be found in Germany.  The orchestra is made up of selected ‘young’ musicians (last year average age was about 45) drawn from eighteen European countries.  Every spring, courtesy of a midi-coach from Mercedes Benz, they set off on tour without consulting a map.  For 2017 they visit on successive nights, in the following order, Scunthorpe, Nairn, Letchworth, Tavistock, Runcorn, Basildon, Malmesbury, East Bergholt, Llanelli, Brighlingsea, Dorking and London.  The poor souls have my sympathy!

With soloists Michel Gershwin (violin) and Kirill Gusarov (trumpet) the orchestra’s Nairn concert will feature works by Wolf, Albinoni, Bach, Corelli, Borodin and Grieg.

For tickets, go on line to www.musicnairn.org/book-tickets  Members £15, Non-members £19, Students £3.

 

 

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EDEN COURT EMPIRE THEATRE

SATURDAY 11 MARCH at 7.30pm

THE PARIS CONCERT   

Have you ever strolled round the streets of Paris and wondered how to spark that creative genius in you? A city that has long been a great source of inspiration to many was the compositional base for all the works in this programme.

The opening of Mozart’s ‘Paris’ is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Haydn’s ‘Oxford’ was so-called because he conducted it when he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Oxford University – but it was a case of ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ (in Paris). Rameau and JC Bach will have you searching for your favourite dancing shoes.

RAMEAU : Suite from Les Boréades;  MOZART : Symphony No 31 in D ‘Paris’;
J C BACH : Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for flute, two clarinets, two horns and bassoon; HAYDN : Symphony No 92 in G ‘Oxford’.

The SCO will be conducted by the harpsichord maestro Laurence Cummings, one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance.

Pre-concert talk from 6.45pm to 7.15pm

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online.

 

 

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SMITHTON-CULLODEN CHURCH

FRIDAY 17 MARCH at 7.30pm

ATTARD ZERAFA DUO

By courtesy of the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians

As part of their tour of Highland music clubs under the Tunnell Trust Award Scheme, set up in memory of John Tunnell, founder leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and his wife Wendy, the Maltese couple of Philip Attard (saxophone) and Christine Zerafa (piano) will be playing a varied and eclectic programme of pieces by Milhaud, Schumann, Denisov, Demersseman, Maurice, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Yoshimatsu (Fuzzy Bird Sonata  -  sounds fun!).

More information about Philip and Christine on www.invernesschambermusic.com

Tickets (Adults £15, Eden Court Friends £13, Students etc £5) can be purchased in advance for this musicinverness concert online at www.invernesschambermusic.com and use the “Book Online” link.  You may also purchase your tickets through Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the night from 7.00pm.

 

 

 

MUSIC AT THE OLD HIGH

INVERNESS OLD HIGH CHURCH

SATURDAY 18 MARCH at 12 noon

EDWARD CARSWELL AND ROBIN VERSTEEG

Local bass Edward Carswell and recently appointed organist at the Old High, Robin Versteeg come together for a selection of songs by Finzi and Schumann.  Edward is something of an expert on song cycles and in the past has enthralled Highland audiences with his powerful but controlled deliveries of Schubert.  This is his Old High debut and he will be accompanied by Robin on piano.  Their programme features Gerald Finzi’s set of five songs Let us garlands bring taken from various Shakespeare plays.  This will be followed by one of Schumann’s masterpieces Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), sixteen songs taken from poems by Heinrich Heine.

Admission is by donation (£5 is suggested) and doors open at 11.30am.

 

 

 

Scan_20170228 (2)MUSICK FYNE  :  directed by D JAMES ROSS

FEARN ABBEY, EASTER ROSS

SATURDAY 18 MARCH at 8.00pm

CHORAL MUSIC FOR A RENAISSANCE SCOTTISH ABBOT

Our favourite polymath has been at it again!  Probably best for James to explain this concert in his own way.

“This is a short note about an exciting musical development and a concert by Musick Fyne in historic Fearn Abbey Easter Ross. In my preparation for the performance, I chanced upon a fragment of music written on a manuscript associated with the Abbey, and was thrilled to realise that it dates from the early 16th century and is probably the alto part of a larger piece.

 

So after the audience have heard music from the Inverness Fragments, the anonymous Scottish Mass ‘Conditor’, Scottish motets and appropriate plainchant, they will hear the first performance of my reconstruction of the ‘Fearn Fragment’!”

 

Refreshments will be served and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Tain Royal Academy / Ekwendeni (Malawi) Partnership Fund.

 

 

 

 

HIGHLAND BRANCH OF CLARSACH SOCIETY

ROYAL NORTHERN INFIRMARY CHAPEL

NESS WALK, INVERNESS

SUNDAY 19 MARCH at 4.00pm

HIGHLAND HARPS

This is a delightful way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon in the beautiful setting of the RNI Chapel.  The members of the Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society have put together a one hour programme featuring ensembles and solo performances from Cheyenne Brown and Isbel Pendelbury, as well as some fiddle and song sets from Susanne Lloyd-Jones and George Pain.

Donations welcome to support the work of the Highland Branch.

Further information from helen.skuodas@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN

HILTON CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

TUESDAY 21 MARCH at 7.30pm

POETRY READINGS WITH CLARSACH   

Kenneth Steven is a gifted Scottish writer  -  poet, novelist, author of children’s and non-fiction books.  His earlier poems have explored our relationship with the natural world and ancient spiritual life in the early Celtic Church.  Admission Free.

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ONE TOUCH THEATRE, EDEN COURT

TUESDAY 21 MARCH at 7.30pm

BAROQUE DANCE PARTY

BACH : Air on the G String (from Orchestral Suite No.3, BWV 1068)

JOHANNES FISCHER : Air

PURCELL : Suite from The Fairy Queen, Z.629

FISCHER / G P TELEMANN : Tafelmusik: Music for electrified table and strings / a dining experience with Telemann.

Bach knew how to throw a party. So did Telemann, and Purcell. With the great Baroque masters as inspiration, the Scottish Ensemble is taking five string instruments, a harpsichord and some Baroque percussion and hosting its own party.

From the soaring pomp of Bach’s Air on the G String, one of the most famous melodies in history, to the rhythmic elegance of the orchestral suite from Purcell’s opera The Fairy Queen, the sound of the Baroque court is a rich drawing board for this concert of historic dance music.

Telemann’s Tafelmusik will be served with a twist. Playing from an electronic ‘sound table’ – one of his own creations – percussionist and composer Johannes Fischer will enhance the joyous collection of dances by creating loops and patterns from fragments of the music as you hear it.

Johannes Fischer will host a pre-concert talk from 6.45pm to 7.15pm in the One Touch Theatre.

Tickets from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online.

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INVERNESS CULLODEN ROTARY CLUB

MALAWI WATER PROJECT

CHARLESTON ACADEMY ASSEMBLY HALL

FRIDAY 24 MARCH at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

THE SILVER BELLES CHOIR

Some well-known faces from Inverness are looking forward to serenading you with an evening of music and song in conjunction with others, and it’s all in aid of the ongoing Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden project to provide toilets and fresh water for schools and villages in Malawi.

Tickets cost £6 and can be obtained from Duncan MacDonald. 01463 240827 or 07810 435836 or duncan.macdonald@uwclub.net

 

 

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NAIRN COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE

SATURDAY 25 MARCH at 8.00pm

JOHN BURGESS’S CLASSIC JAZZ QUINTET

Jazz Nairn kicks off the 2017 programme with another visit from reed player John Burgess.  On this occasion he will be bringing his Classic Jazz Quintet playing some great music celebrating the work of the early jazz pioneers.  The Quintet’s usual line-up is John Burgess on clarinet, Ross Milligan on guitar and banjo, Campbell Normand on piano, Bill Brydon on double bass and Tom Bancroft on drums.

 

Tickets:    £15,  (students £3) available from the Community Centre (01463 453476)  or at the door on the night.

 

 

 

THE NESS SINFONIA

ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL, INVERNESS

SATURDAY 25 MARCH at 7.30pm

INAUGURAL CONCERT

The waiting is over.  Robin Versteeg has his baton raised.  Welcome to the Inaugural Concert by the newly formed Ness Sinfonia, the latest musical venture to grace the Highlands.

A year ago, cellist Sue Lightman began her project to create a top class amateur orchestra by reaching out to all those musicians who had left their instruments gathering dust and wanted to regain the joy of playing together.  And Sue is still reaching out. Interested?  Contact her at suelightman@gmail.com

The programme for this concert is:

HAYDN : Trumpet Concerto in E flat (Soloist : Paul Wilson)

BACH : Orchestral Suite No 2

PALESTRINA : Sicut Cervus for Cello Choir

HAYDN : Divertimento in D (Soloist : Sandy Scott Brown)

 

Do come along and give them your support.

 

 

 

 

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THE OSPREY MUSIC SOCIETY

BOAT OF GARTEN COMMUNITY HALL

SUNDAY 2 APRIL at 7.30pm

JONATHAN FOURNEL with ANNE BELLA

A return visit to Boat of Garten by the current title-holder of the Scottish International Piano Competition, the Alsatian pianist Jonathan Fournel.  This time he brings his companion, the violinist Anne Bella and together they will perform a programme of music by Chopin, Franck, Debussy and Schubert.

 

Tickets:  £13 members: £15 non-members:  £5 Students : School pupils – comp

Contact Ann Napier on 01479 831213 or 07850 752757 or ann.nap@btinternet.com

 

 

 

SELECTED ART FILM SCREENINGS  -  LIVE AND ENCORE

 

Sunday 05 March at 2.00pm.  Royal Ballet Encore.  The Sleeping Beauty.

Eden Court  -  La Scala Cinema.

Some unbelievable dancing techniques in this re-creation by Monica Mason and Christopher Kerr of the 1946 production of The Sleeping Beauty which re-opened the Royal Opera House after World War 2.  Well worth seeing even though some of the designs appear a bit dated.  Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music are timeless, delivering archetype classical ballet.

 

Thursday 09 March at 7.00pm.  National Theatre Live.  Hedda Gabler by Ibsen.

Eden Court  -  La Scala Cinema and Vue Cinema Inverness Business and Retail Park.

Ruth Wilson stars in the title role of this tragedy as she returns home from her honeymoon.  Encore screenings at Eden Court on Sunday 12 March at 7.00pm, Sunday 26 March at 1.00pm and Tuesday 28 March at 7.00pm.

 

Thursday 30 March at 7.15pm.  Royal Opera.  Madama Butterfly by Puccini.

Eden Court  -  La Scala Cinema (SOLD OUT) and Vue Cinema at Inverness Business and Retail Park.

Ermonela Jaho and Marcelo Puente star as Cio-Cio-San and Pinkerton in this spectacular production of Puccini’s masterpiece of East-meets-West drama.  Antonio Pappano conducts.  Encore screening at Eden Court on Sunday 02 April at 2.00pm with steadily reducing availability.

 

And a snippet of potentially interesting news that still needs a bit of research for confirmation, but I think that Vue Cinema Inverness will be screening live transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  I find Vue’s website somewhat user-unfriendly for anything more than seven days ahead and the Met’s website indulges in a go-slow when you search for participating cinemas near Inverness.  But look out for, I hope,

 

Saturday 11 March  -  La Traviata by Verdi

Saturday 25 March  -  Idomeneo by Mozart

Saturday 22 April  -  Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

Saturday 13 May  -  Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss (with Renee Fleming).

 

And finally, don’t forget and please remind your friends, the At One With Music lunchtime concert in the Spectrum Centre by Duo Diez has been changed from 07 April to Friday 28 April.

 

More next month, including the next seasons for musicinverness and At One With Music.  Have a great March.