Sietze De Vries is widely considered to be the most important improviser in historic styles alive today. The winner of 15 National and International prizes (including the Haarlem International Improvisation Competition in 2002), De Vries performs and teaches all over the world, including annual classes at the McGill Organ Academy in Canada and a Guest Professorship at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN, USA. His Cds on the JSB label, largely profiling key historic organs in Northern Europe, are amongst the most keenly anticipated and highest selling such releases.
On Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm, Sietze de Vries will make a rare UK appearance at St Salvator’s Chapel in St Andrews. Due to his particular expertise regarding the Genevan Psalter, which remains the backbone of Dutch Reformed Hymnody, we have asked him to perform an improvisation concert on melodies from both this and the Scottish Psalter of 1615/1635 (including the melodies ‘Dundee’, ‘Old 124th’, ‘Martyrs’ and ‘London New’). The University’s elite chamber choir ‘Choristi Sanctiandree’, under the direction of Tom Wilkinson, will also provide choral settings of the Genevan melodies including music by Sweelinck and Goudimel.
Sietze will improvise both in baroque/renaissance styles as well as more modern idioms.
For a taste of Sietze’s extraordinary musicianship please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KvyJ39lwvs for a concert improvisation on the Genevan melody for Psalm 130. You can also read more at http://www.sietzedevries.nl
The concert on 5 March will begin at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10, £8 (concessions) and £5 (students). Members of the University Music Centre can enjoy free admission.