Choral Evensong at 3.30pm on Saturday 26 August in Paisley Abbey

Even song Saturday 26th August 

The Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will sing Choral Evensong at 3.30pm on Saturday 26 August in Paisley Abbey.
The Voluntary Choir usually meets at least twice each week to rehearse and sing for services and concerts within the Manchester Cathedral timetable. It sings a cross-section of the whole repertoire of traditional Cathedral music, including works by Palestrina, Byrd, Mozart, Stanford and Howells.

The choir has made appearances on television and has toured abroad to France, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland. For the last few years, during the late August Bank Holiday, the choir has sung for services in various cathedrals, abbeys and colleges around the country.

At the Choral Evensong in Paisley Abbey, the Canticles are by Herbert Sumsion, organist at Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 – 1967 and the anthem, Evening Hymn by Balfour Gardiner.

Entry is free

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Paisley Abbey Events

Saturday 21st, there will be a coffee morning in the Cloister Cafe area of the Abbey from 10am until the recital begins. You would be most welcome to come along, and to browse in the lovely gift shop before or after the performance.

Saturday 12th December, there will be a Carol Concert by the Abbey Choir at Netherby Hall, Longtown, Cumbria at 4pm. A coach will leave the Abbey at 11:30am, and stop at Gretna Outlet Village for lunch (not included in the cost). After the concert, the coach will depart Netherby Hall at 6pm, arriving back at the Abbey at 8pm. The cost is £32 (PAMS members) and £35 (Non-PAMS members). If anyone is interested, please contact the PAMS Secretary (Marion McDougall) or email jann7@hotmail.co.uk for your details to be forwarded.

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At 12.30pm on Saturday 21 November in Paisley Abbey, Nina Kopparhed (voice), Mark Wilson (violin) and Michal Gajzler (piano) will give a varied programme of ‘Music from the Heart’ to suit all tastes

Nina Kopparhed is a light dramatic coloratura soprano who made her singing debut in November 2011, singing Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra. Her operatic debut quickly followed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Aria Alba. Since then, Nina has sung roles over a wide range of operas and will be performing in Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte: Nov 20th -21st, Edinburgh), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, Harrow Opera, March 2016), Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera, London, July 2016), and Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos, VoiceArc, Edinburgh, Nov 2016).

Mark Wilson studied violin performance at both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then the RSAMD) and the Royal Academy of Music, in London. He then co- founded the Solaris String Quartet and the piano trio, Trilogy, before becoming concertmaster of the Orquestra do Estado de Mato Grosso in Brazil. He is now the leader of the flexible string ensemble, Afton Strings and a member of Virtduosi, a recital duo.

Michal Gajzler Graduated from the Academy of Music in Krakow with a master degree in Piano Performance and from the Jagiellonian University with a master degree in musicology. He is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is widely experienced in repetiteurship and piano accompaniment.

The Programme, ‘Music from the Heart’, includes…..

Along the Field (songs for voice and violin ) Vaughan Williams
Chaconne (violin) JS Bach
Heart of my Heart (voice, violin and piano) Mark Wilson
Der hirt auf dem Felsen (Voice, violin and piano) Schubert

Paisley abbey recital 

Lunchtime Recital given by Chris Bragg (organ)……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 26 September at 12.30pm 

The series of Abbey winter recitals starts on Saturday when Chris Bragg gives an exciting recital on the Abbey’s Cavaille Coll organ.

 

Chris Bragg was born in Stirling in 1980. Following a period as organ scholar of Dunblane Cathedral under the tutelage of Matthew Beetschen, he studied at the former RSAMD graduating in 2002 as a pupil of George McPhee and Michael Harris. Between 2002 and 2009 he lived in the Netherlands where he completed his Master’s organ study in the class of Pieter van Dijk at the Conservatory of Amsterdam as well as studying clavichord with Menno van Delft. In addition, he undertook private organ study with Pier Damiano Peretti in Hanover and a church music diploma at the Conservatory of Utrecht.

Chris Bragg has performed solo recitals in six European countries and broadcast on both British and Dutch radio. He is Concerts Administrator at the University of St Andrews, organist of St Salvador’s Episcopal Church in Dundee and is further active as a freelance organist, teacher, translator and writer, contributing regularly to the Rhinegold publication ‘Choir and Organ’.

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The programme includes…………

 

Toccata septima (Apparatus musico-organisticus, 1690) Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

                                                                                                                                   

 Cantabile (Trois Pièces, 1878) César Franck (1822-1890)

 

Variaties op een Oud-Nederlandsch lied (1934) Jacob Bijster (1902-1958)
 Vater Unser in Himmelreich – koraal en vier variaties Toon Hagen (1959)                                                                                                                                               

 

Méditation pour orgue Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

 

Choral varie sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’ Maurice Durufle

 

Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door. 

Paisley Abbey, Wednesday 10 June at 7.30 pm

Admission Free Recital given by George McPhee (organ) and Gemma McGregor (flute)……Paisley Abbey, Wednesday 10 June at 7.30 pm

Sponsored by Scotland’s ChurchesTrust

George McPhee has been Director of Music at Paisley Abbey for over 50 years but has lost none of his enthusiasm and drive to bring all kinds of music to a wider public. Now, he and flautist Gemma McGregor will present a programme of music ranging from the 17th to the 21st century

Gemma is a musician from Orkney and currently a doctorate composition student at Aberdeen University. She studied flute as an undergraduate at Dartington College of Arts, learning Baroque flute with Ann Kimber and contemporary flute with Kate Lucas. She enjoys playing a wide range of styles including Baroque music with Aberdeen’s early Music Collective and traditional music with several Orkney groups. She researches and collects Orcadian folk music and is leader of the Orkney Heritage Fiddle Project.

Gemma has written music for strings, clarinet and flute and plays flute on the CD of her music entitled From Nothing, which was released by Watercolour Studios in 2011.

The programme will include…………

March on Handel’s ‘Lift up your heads’ Op.15………………Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Prelude Fugue and Variation Op. 18…………………………César Franck(1822-90)

Sonata No. 4 in C BWV 1033 for Flute and Organ………J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Andante

Allegro

Adagio

Menuett 1

Menuett 2

Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543…………………J.S.Bach

Sonatina for Flute and Piano Op 98…………………………..William Mathias (1934-92)

Allegro ritmico

Andante cantabile

Allegro vivace

Adagio in E………………………………………………………………..Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Toccata on ‘Nu la oss take Gud’…………………………………Egil Hovland (1924-2013)

Afternoon Recital given by David Gerrard (Organ)……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 6 June at 2.30 pm

Afternoon Recital given by David Gerrard (Organ)……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 6 June at 2.30 pm
The series of Abbey summer recitals continues on Saturday 6 June. when David Gerrard will give a programme of organ music by Bach and Böhm.
The recital is being sponsored by the Glasgow Society of Organists 
David Gerrard is a performer on the organ, clavichord and harpsichord. He recently completed an M. Mus. in Early Keyboard Performance at the University of Edinburgh, where he worked extensively with the Russell and Mirrey Collections of historic keyboard instruments and undertook organological research. A graduate of the University of Oxford, David was Organ Scholar of Magdalen College. He has also held positions at Canterbury Cathedral and Paisley Abbey.
The programme will include…………
Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 539……………………………JS Bach
Chorale Partita ‘Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ’………………….Georg Böhm
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665…………………………JS Bach
Fugue in G, BWV 576……………………………………………………..JS Bach
Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664………….JS Bach
Chorale Partita ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott Läßt walten’……… Georg Böhm
Partite diverse super O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767…JS Bach

Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door. 

St John Passion at Paisley Abbey – 22nd March 2015

The performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the St. John Passion, will take place on Sunday 22nd March at 7.30 pm. It will be noteworthy for several reasons. Firstly, the Abbey Choir will be joined by several former choristers as soloists. The Evangelist will be Stuart Patterson who is now enjoying a successful career, mainly in opera in France and Switzerland. David Lee, who will sing the tenor arias, is a former boy chorister who has graduated (First Class honours in music) from Oxford University and who is now studying for a PhD at Glasgow University. He also sings extensively with various top British and continental chamber choirs. Andrew Tipple (Bass) was a recent choral scholar with us after his student days in the choir at King’s College Cambridge.
Mark Rowlinson will sing the important role of Christus and he is no stranger to us. He is currently a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers. Two years ago we marvelled at the voice of Libby Crabtree in Bach’s B Minor Mass and it will be a delight to welcome her back. Libby is a regular member of the ‘Sixteen’.

The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra of top baroque instrumental specialists and both harpsichord and organ will be played by David Gerrard, our Assistant Organist from last year.

It is to be hoped that the performance will be a fitting addition to to the Abbey’s Lenten devotions.

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St John Passion, Bach – Paisley Abbey 22nd March

The performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the St. John Passion, will take place on Sunday 22nd March at 7.30 pm. It will be noteworthy for several reasons. Firstly, the Abbey Choir will be joined by several former choristers as soloists. The Evangelist will be Stuart Patterson who is now enjoying a successful career, mainly in opera in France and Switzerland. David Lee, who will sing the tenor arias, is a former boy chorister who has graduated (First Class honours in music) from Oxford University and who is now studying for a PhD at Glasgow University. He also sings extensively with various top British and continental chamber choirs. Andrew Tipple (Bass) was a recent choral scholar with us after his student days in the choir at King’s College Cambridge.
Mark Rowlinson will sing the important role of Christus and he is no stranger to us. He is currently a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers. Two years ago we marvelled at the voice of Libby Crabtree in Bach’s B Minor Mass and it will be a delight to welcome her back. Libby is a regular member of the ‘Sixteen’.

The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra of top baroque instrumental specialists and both harpsichord and organ will be played by David Gerrard, our Assistant Organist from last year.

It is to be hoped that the performance will be a fitting addition to to the Abbey’s Lenten devotions.

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Lunchtime Organ Recital given by Tim Lambourn……Paisley Abbey, Saturday 21 February at 12.30pm

The series of Abbey Saturday recitals continues with a varied programme of organ music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, played by Timothy Lambourn.

Timothy Lambourn has been the Assistant organist at Paisley Abbey since October 2014. Tim was the Senior Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge where he studied geography but prior to his time there, he held organ scholarships at St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham and All Saints, Kingston-upon-Thames alongside academic and music scholarships at Hampton School. More recently, he was organist at High Church Hilton, Aberdeen

In 2005 he was awarded the Hall & Manton Trophy at the Croydon Music Festival, and he gained Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in 2007.
Tim studied with David Briggs, David Sanger and Gordon Stewart while projects with choirs have included tours in the UK, to the European continent and to the USA, live radio broadcasts for the BBC, and a performance of Britten’s St Nicolas in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia in December 2009.

His programme includes…………..

Sonata in A, Op 65 No. 3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
i. (Con moto maestoso)
ii. (Andante tranquillo)

Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)
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Choral Fantasia on ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ Sir Charles Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918)

An Wasserflussen Babylon, BWV 653 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Tocatta & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
i. Tocatta
ii. Fugue

Tickets for the recital cost £5 and can be purchased at the door.

Church of Paisley Abbey (Scotland) – Registered Charity No. SC007633

Paisley Abbey recital series

Saturday 24th January – there will be no lunchtime recital.

Saturday 21st February (please note this is a change of date)
Tim Lambourn, Assistant Organist, Paisley Abbey

Saturday 28th March
Abbey Strings

Saturday 25th April
Peter Wilson (Tenor)

Saturday 23rd May
Marjorie Bruce (Organ)

Saturday 6th June at 2:30pm
David Gerrard (Organ)

Saturday 13th June
Stefan Grasse (Guitar)
Alastair Savage (Violin)
Eddie McGuire (Flute)

All recitals commence at 12:30pm, with the exception of the Glasgow Society of Organists Recital, to be given by David Gerrard on 6th June. This will be at 2:30pm.

Tickets £5 available at the door.

Paisley Abbey (Church of Scotland) – Registered Charity No. SC007633