Bothwell Parish Church recently appointed Mr Peter Shepherd to the post of Organist and Director of Music.
Peter is a young man with huge musical talent and ability.
A former scholar at Worcester Cathedral School and head chorister of the Cathedral Choir, Peter was Organ Scholar at Merton College, Oxford from 2013-16. During this time, he gave a number of radio broadcasts and CD releases. He graduated with Honours in Music from the University of Oxford in 2016.
Peter became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the early age of nineteen having, previously, been awarded the Associateship with prizes. He gained the Licenciateship from the Royal School of Music with Distinction in piano.
Since coming to Bothwell Church, Peter is keen to further develop the congregation’s strong musical tradition.
New singers to the church choir are welcome and are offered the rare opportunity to receive such expert tuition in choral singing.
In support of the newly created Society of friends of Bothwell Parish Church, Peter is giving his Inaugural Organ
Recital on Sunday, 22 April 2018 at 4.30pm. Tickets can be purchased from the church office (854903) £10 or at the church door.
(Further info – please see attached poster)
Our April event is a members recital at Hamilton West Parish Church on Saturday 21 April at 2.30pm. All are invited to this OPEN recital.
Hamilton West Church is located conveniently next to Hamilton West train station. There is ample parking in the car parks nearby.
John Burnett – member of the Lanarkshire Society of Organists – is giving a recital in Calderbank Parish Church on Sunday 25th March at 2.30pm
All are welcome to come along
We are really looking forward to our next event taking place on 21st October at Airdrie: Cairnlea Parish Church of Scotland. This is a recital with Steven McIntyre, who is Assistant Organist of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow (the large church on Great Western Rd) working with Frikki Walker who has come along to the LSO before for a lovely come and sing at Hamilton.
Steven has chosen a programme already which will show of the wonderful organ at Airdrie: Cairnlea, where Marjory Macdonald is organist.
The recital is at the normal time of 2.30pm and tea/coffee etc. will be available afterwards.
Please do encourage folks to come along to the autumn recital in our syllabus. Cairnlea itself is an interesting building in an Italianate style with campanile to the SW corner.
The organ itself is interesting, being of a high quality for your Parish Church.
Cairnlea is located central in Airdrie, but due to road layouts we have given some directions and best suggestions for parking.
- The postal address for the church is 84 Johnston St, Airdrie ML6 6AZ. However, this the only road that the “front door” looks on to.
- It is much better to aim for Hallcraig Street which has three car parks right next to Cairnlea Church.
- The map below shows Cairnlea in relation to Hallcraig Street and the car parks, as you can see Johnston Street really isn’t suitable.
- The front and side doors to the building will be open so please enter from which ever door is best suited.
After the recital we are going to Guidi’s at Coatdyke for tea. We’ve been here before and a good time has been enjoyed in previous years so we hope as many as possible can come along. Please get in touch with Marjory MacDonald to put your name down so we can let the restaurant know for seating. Marjory’s email is Marjory.email@example.com and her phone number is 01236 762669. Please let Marjory know ASAP if you can come for tea. If you are coming and want to bring a +1 along that would be wonderful, and we would warmly welcome any newcomers.
St David’s Memorial Park Church are extremely pleased to announce that UK renouned composer, organist and conductor Malcolm Archer is taking part in a concert on Sundat 9th July at 7.30pm. Full details on the poster. All invited. A warm welcome awaits.
The LSO are please to host a masterclass on Improvisation to which all organists are invited which will be lead by John Riley, who is an Edinburgh based freelance musician and noted as a performer and teacher of organ improvisation. More information is available from John’s own website – click here