A weekend of concerts by renowned musicians held at Ayton Castle. Refreshments will be available.
Trio Ecossaise – Friday 15th May @ 7 pm
We are delighted to welcome this talented trio who have performed together for over 15 years. All three musicians hail from Scotland, and were professionally trained at respected conservatories – the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University (Jennifer), Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music (Harriet), the Royal Scottish Academy and the Guildhall School of Music (Claire).
Playing works by Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms & Walker
Lorna Anderson (Soprano) accompanied by Malcolm Martineau (Piano) – Saturday 16th May @ 7 pm
The Scottish soprano, Lorna Anderson, studied with Patricia MacMahon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and excelled, winning several awards. In 1984, she won First Prize in the Peter Pears and Royal Overseas League Competitions and in 1986 won the most highly regarded English vocal award, the Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers.A renowned performer of the Baroque repertoire, she has appeared in in opera, concert and recital with major orchestras and festivals throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Malcolm Martineau is one of the world’s greatest accompanists. He appears throughout Europe, North America, the Far East and Australasia with many of the world’s greatest singers and records widely for the major recording companies. Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon).
Works by Brahms, Schumann, Debusssy, James Macmillan, Francis George Scott & Clare Liddell
Pupils from the Music School of Douglas Academy – Sunday 17th May @ 12 noon
The Music School is a unit within Douglas Academy where young musicians of exceptional ability can continue their general education while receiving special instrumental and vocal tuition and extra time for their musical studies.
The School was set up in 1979 by Strathclyde Regional Council in response to the Cameron Report on Gifted Young Musicians and Dancers, which recommended that specialised courses should be provided for musically gifted pupils in an existing comprehensive school. In the specialist course, while particular attention is paid to the development of a pupil’s principal instrumental study, it is also the aim to provide an all round musical training, and to develop the pupil as a whole artist.