Last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.
Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club. Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs!
The Okapi Duo – Katie Kim, flute, and Brian King, guitar – is committed to making excellent chamber music accessible to all audiences while expanding the boundaries of the traditional ensemble. Their synchronous and dynamic style has lead them to receive a number of awards including 2nd prize in the 2018 Southern Guitar Festival Ensemble Competition and 1st prize in the 2016 Great Composers Competition Series. They have performed throughout the United States in California, New Orleans, Ohio, and New York. Their compelling performances have led to an invitation to perform at the Carmel Guitar Society in Carmel, California and to pursue a Masters of Chamber Music at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This opportunity led to some of their first international performances in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.
The Okapi Duo is passionate about community engagement in the arts and reaching audiences that do not easily have access to live music. They enjoy taking their music outside of the concert hall to venues such as public libraries, schools, community centers, and senior centers. In 2019 they were accepted onto the Live Music Now Scotland scheme, an organization that brings music to groups of people who rarely get to experience live music. In the fall of 2017, Kim and King collaborated with Family Promise – an organization dedicated to helping homeless families in Lorain County, Ohio – to provide an artistic outlet for these disadvantaged families.
The duo is excited about pushing the boundaries of classical music and are constantly seeking innovative ways to contribute new music to the flute/guitar genre. Their concerts often place traditional works such as a Bach Flute Sonata next to unconventional pieces such as arrangements of jazz composer Chick Corea’s music. Along with writing their own arrangements, they also commission composers to write music for the duo. In 2018, they commissioned Canadian composer Alexander Wright and are looking forward to premiering his piece in the spring of 2019.
Admission is free, donations for the work of Live Music Now welcomed
Lunchtime Recital with Claire Garabedian, cello. Dr Claire Garabedian, is a professional cellist specialising in historical performance, a Certified Music Practitioner (USA), and an experienced researcher focusing on the effects of the arts on people with dementia/people. She has presented her work throughout the UK, Europe and the USA; including at the Hay Literature Festival and on BBC Radio 4. Claire will play an engaging combination of familiar and perhaps unfamiliar classical and Scottish music.
Sakura have been playing together now for 2 years and meet regularly to play in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. The group consists of seven amateur classical guitar players who enjoy playing in an ensemble – Anne Hamilton, Eleanor Hind, Irene Kleppang, Joan McCulloch. Laura Monlezun, Peter Romilly and Qingzhong Liang.
They chose the group name Sakura from the title of one of their favourite pieces – an arrangement by Garcia and Whitworth, of a Japanese piece meaning Cherry Blossom.
They play an eclectic assortment of music from the Baroque, Classical and Modern periods and enjoy playing Argentinian and Brazilian folk music too.
Anne Hamilton says, “Playing in an ensemble provides us with great enjoyment and the opportunity to tackle more challenging and diverse pieces. We have played at various concerts in churches and folk clubs and we are delighted to perform at The Wighton Centre We hope you enjoy listening to our music.”
Tom and Kayren Hall, the husband and wife duo who make up SeaTangle, have been involved with music for over fifteen years in the East Neuk of Fife where they play regularly.
They perform a wide range of music which includes traditional Scottish songs and tunes, and a wide variety of other songs gathered along the way.
Tom, a valued member of the Wighton Singers, sings and plays guitar, drawing on a background which includes Sixties pop, amateur operatic shows, and also helping organise and run music sessions in the East Neuk, while Kayren plays fiddle and djembe.
On Wednesday 5th December, at 1.15pm, the Wighton Singers will give their annual Christmas Lunchtime Recital. The Singers are now working regularly with renowned singer and teacher Amy Lord so we can expect to hear some wonderful harmonies and some very interesting songs and carols!
Admission is free, donations as always are welcome, and Christmas treats will be available!
On Wednesday 4th April, Simon Chadwick will play a lunchtime concert of Irish and Scottish harp music. Using the big Irish harp, he will show off some of his recent researches into traditional 18th and 19th century traditional harp style.
The concert begins at 1.15pm and admission is free.
On Tuesday 10th April, we are very pleased to welcome Ensemble Hesperi to the Wighton Centre for a concert of harpsichord and recorder music.
Mary-Jannet Leith plays recorders, and Thomas Allery will play the Wighton Harpsichord, for a half-hour programme of Scottish baroque music. The programme, titled “The Pheasant’s Eye”, will feature some of James Oswald’s “Airs for the Seasons” and William McGibbon’s “Collection of Scots Tunes” amongst other delights.
Ensemble Hesperi is a young duo based in London. Mary-Jannet and Thomas have a particular interest in unpublished and previously undiscovered Scottish Baroque repertoire, and in exploring the fascinating links between Scotland, London, and the continent through Baroque music during the eighteenth century.