2019 Season Programme
Come and enjoy live music at its best in the stunning surroundings of Torphichen Kirk with interval drinks in the enchanting setting of Torphichen Preceptory. Now in our eighteenth year we are delighted to present a varied programme covering a wide range of musical genres with a style of music to suit all tastes. We hope you will join us for our 2019 season and welcome the following performers to Torphichen the gem of West Lothian.
28TH APRIL White Rose – Stories & Songs
White Rose are Kev Wilson and Matt Carlyle two like-minded musicians with a passion for Scotland, her music and rich folklore heritage. Locally based in Falkirk and Bathgate with many years of musical experience between them the lads have entertained from the Outer Hebrides to the Borders with forays into England, across Europe to Ireland and over the pond in the USA. With a range of instruments at their disposal they delight audiences with renditions on the Mandolin, Eb Mandolin, Bouzouki, Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Octave Mandolin, Bodhran, Adapted Guitar, Whistles, Techno-Pipes, Harmonica and Accordion. Join us and be spellbound with stories and songs reflecting the glory of Scotland!
26TH MAY Stephen & Pernille Quigg
– Scottish Folk
“The Quiggs” is a Scottish/Danish duo consisting of the married couple Stephen and Pernille Quigg. Stephen Quigg is a well-established folksinger who has made a living playing music for over 40 years. Pernille grew up in a very small village in the East of Jutland, Denmark where the old folk still recall a certain songbird sitting in the neighbour’s apple tree.
The Quiggs tour regularly with great success in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands and of course there are many concerts on Scottish soil.
30TH JUNE McSAX – Jazz, Classical & Folk
McSax was formed in 2017 with saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and pianist/composer William Godfree. They offer a unique experience with a programme incorporating classical showpieces, cabaret and music influenced by jazz and folk. They performed a recital for the charity Refugees Tales in London in 2017 and last year played at the Worshipful Company of the Scriveners in The City of London in 2018. Their debut recital in Wales in 2017 showcased jazz and folk influenced music. They also explore original saxophone showpieces from the 19th century and by the 1920’s saxophone virtuoso Rudy Wiedoeft.
28TH JULY EQUALI TROMBONES – Brass quartet
Formed in 2016 and giving their first performance the following year, Equali Trombones is comprised of four of Scotland’s most experienced musicians. Named after Beethoven’s seminal work of 1812, the quartet draws from a wide variety of styles and genres including standard repertoire, choral transcriptions and light arrangements.
Recent engagements for the quartet have included an RSS Sphere Music Series recital in Glasgow and a prestigious lunch hour performance in Paisley Abbey.
“Thank you Equali Trombones for a beautiful concert on Saturday, especially the emotional Auld Lang Syne in close harmony at the end.” – Gwen Màiri, Sphere at RSS.
25th AUGUST MATTHEW MCALLISTER
– Classical Guitarist
Widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented
Guitarists in Europe, Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his
insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career
spanning well over a decade.
Matthew has performed at major venues across the world including The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room & St Martin in the Fields, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, and Cenart, Mexico City, to name a few. As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is the Director of the Classical Guitar Retreat.
29th September ARTISAN ENSEMBLE
– Scottish Chamber music
Founded in 2009, Artisan originally began as a piano trio, with Aisling O’Dea – violin, Clea Friend – cello, and Simon Smith – piano. However, in 2018, Artisan reincarnated itself as a duo, violin and cello, and has increasingly designed programmes beyond the traditional trio, thereby opening up possibilities of performing in smaller venues and opportunities to work with different instrumental and sound combinations. They take pride in presenting quality events that are thought provoking, well-rehearsed and original in their concept –
‘ambitious and imaginative… bringing an exciting new dimension to Scottish chamber music’ Steven Osborne.
Scottish Charity No. SCO34044