Music at the Stocket
The Music @ The Stocket recitals are part of the outreach programme of Fountainhall Church. Recitals support performances by local musicians while raising funds for local charities and Music @ The Stocket Music Fund. Saturday's recital on the 9th December will showcase two very talented young musicians, Stephanie Gibson (piano) and Michelle Tse (organ). This recital is in aid of our music fund which encourages musical activities in the local area. On 17th December the fund will sponsor the annual Community Carol Singing. Granite City Brass will accompany the singing. Each concert is followed by refreshments and fellowship. Ale are welcome.
Music @ The Stocket
Saturday 9 December, 3pm, Sanctuary at the Stocket
An Hour with Two Talented Young Musicians. Entry by donation in aid of Music @ The Stocket Music Fund. A warm welcome awaits you.
An Hour of Scottish Music and Poetry
The second informal summer recital took place in the Garden Lounge at the Stocket on Saturday 26th August. Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, Tyler Martin, was unable to take part. We wish him well and hope to welcome him back at a future date.
David Martin (accordion) stepped in at the eleventh hour and we are greatly indebted to him. David soon had our toes tapping with his selection of traditional Scottish music. Campbell Murray also delighted us with a selection of Scots poetry and song.
Many thanks to all who helped make the afternoon a success. £250 was raised for Friends of Roxburghe House.
An Hour with David Martin
David Martin, a virtuoso of the accordion, delighted us all with an informal recital in the Garden Lounge (and garden). David transported us to the continent and beyond playing music from different countries. He also played some of his own compositions.
Entry to the recital was paid in kind with those attending asked to bring a bag of groceries, large or small, for Instant Neighbour.
The generosity of the audience was overwhelming. Thank you all.
The inaugural Music@ the Stocket recital was given by Moira Docherty (soprano), Barbara Scott (mezzo soprano) and Robert Duncan (piano). We were treated to an hour of musical excellence with a varied programme including duets by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Delibes and Rossini and solos by Bizet, Gilbert and Sullivan ending with Scottish songs.
£300 was raised for AIMS (Aberdeen Independent Multiple Sclerosis).
Make Music Day ‘23
Repeating the success of last year’s Make Music Day’, the members of Granite City Chorus organised another free concert for the community. They were again joined by Albacappella and this year talented young fiddler, Tyler Martin, also joined them. It was a joyous evening of music making enjoyed by all.
Northern Lights Singers
The Northern Lights Singers is a choir made up of the Acclamations and the Morven Singers. At their concert on 21st May they were joined by guests, Yichun Feng (singer), the Simpsons (violins and double bass) and Alastair Eddie (pianist and singer). It was a fabulous concert with a great variety of music from chinese and operatic songs to scottish jigs, strathspeys and reels and the well-known music of songs and shows. There was something for everyone. The Northern Lights entertained us wonderfully.
Music and Meditation for Easter
Robert and Kim Duncan returned to give us a meaningful music and meditation recital on Easter Saturday. They played Willian Byrd and J S Bach on recorders and virginals. It was a wonderful sound. The audience was fascinated by the virginals and Robert's explanation of their origins. The picture on the lid is of the Dee Valley at Cults with Cults East Church visible.
Concordia String Orchestra
Barbershop and More...
Following the success of ' Barbershop and Brass' in September, we held another concert in aid of Church funds in March called 'Barbershop and More'. This time, Granite City Chorus and Albacappella were joined by soloists from Albyn School. The cheers of the audience indicated the success of the evening.
£700 was raised for The Stocket Church. This is very welcome as the cost of heating the Sanctuary is so very high.
Moods: From Tristesse to Tempest
Laim Kerr (piano) gave a fascinating recital reflecting different moods and emotions. Liam was ably supported by his daughter Lucinda (who turned the pages of his music).
The recital started with the most modern piece “Oltremare” by Einaudi. Music by Bach, Chopin and Beethoven followed.
The Music @ The Stocket Recitals support local charities. Liam’s chosen charity was Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, a charity based in Old Meldrum. The Charity helps support families caring for a terminally ill child. £350 was realised for the charity.
Aberdeen City Orchestra - When Johnny met Tony
Aberdeen City Orchestra returned with a programme of two symphonies written by the afore mentioned Johnny and Tony – Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak. Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Major opened the concert followed by Dvorak’s Symphony No 8 in G Major. It was a delight to welcome the ACO back to The Stocket in this concert which was such a joy to listen to. It also provided a welcome opportunity for individual members of the orchestra to shine.
We look forward to ACO’s return in May.
In January we have welcomed two recently formed orchestras to The Stocket Church. First, ACO Youth Ensemble gave a wonderful debut concert, followed by The Granite Ensemble, whose members are all leading musicians in North East Scotland. The ensemble, conducted by Christopher Gray and led by Aden Mazur, were joined by soprano Shuna Scott Sendall for a memorable performance of ‘Flodden’ by Sally Beamish. Beethoven’s Symphony No 2 in D Major followed. This was a stunning concert of contrasts and we look forward to the return of the ensemble before long to challenge and delight us again.
Aberdeen City Orchestra Youth Ensemble
On the 14th January, members of the recently formed Aberdeen City Orchestra Youth Ensemble gave their first concert – and what a triumph it was! An audience of over one hundred listened to the ensemble, conducted by Chris Gray, play a varied programme which highlighted the quality and range of the ensemble. Congratulations to all involved.