Thomas Allery, harpsichord

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate , Dundee, DD1 1DB

Tuesday 10th April, 2017, 1.15pm – 1.45pm. Lunchtime Recital!

Thomas Allery, harpsichord

The famous Wighton harpsichord will get a special airing in the second of our April Lunchtime Recitals when the renowned musician and scholar Thomas Allery pays the Wighton Collection a visit!

Thomas Allery is an organist, choral conductor and harpsichordist based in London and Oxford. He enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching.

Thomas is the Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services and for a busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two student chapel choirs, each of which maintains a separate and flourishing schedule including regular commissions, trips, and performance with period instruments.

Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston.

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for the distinguished musician Annette Heilbron (1928–2011) and is widely regarded as one of the finest harpsichords in use today.

We also have the regular first Wednesday of the month Lunchtime Recital from 1.15pm – 1.45pm on the 4th with Simon Chadwick playing traditional Scottish and Irish tunes on the big Irish harp.

Admission to both recitals is free, donations welcome!

Svetlina Stoyanova (mezzo soprano) and Kristina Yorgova (piano)

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1

Lunchtime Recital, Wednesday, 7th March, 1.15pm

 

Svetlina Stoyanova (mezzo soprano) and Kristina Yorgova (piano)

 

Both born in Bulgaria, Svetlina Stoyanova and Kristina Yorgova are students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Svetlina is part way through a Masters Course in performance and Kristina is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music in performance.

Svetlina sang in the Children’s Choir of the Bulgarian National radio and as the main soloist has travelled and sung in many European and Asian countries. As a mezzo-soprano she has taken part in many opera productions and solo concerts. She has won many prizes, most recently, she won 3rd prize in Le Grand Prix de l’Opera and was the highest ranked female singer. Svetlina is very grateful to have received a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, the RCS Trust scholarship and also to Live Music Now Scotland and Mrs Ulrike Wilson and her family for their continued support.

Having started her music education in Germany and then Bulgaria, Kristina has won many piano competitions, amongst which is the 23rd National Competition for Young Musicians ‘Svetoslav Obretenov’, for which she was awarded with a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria. In 2015 she won the International Beethoven sonata piano competition in the RCS and 3rd prize at Bamber/Galloway piano competition. Kristina had a solo recitals as part of the 2014 and 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is grateful to the RCS trust for awarding her a scholarship throughout her undergraduate studies.

Since meeting in Glasgow in 2013, Svetlina and Kristina have been working as a duo. They have done many concerts and recordings together including a Live Music Now recital in Bulgaria. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland they work under the tutelage of Clare Shearer and Fali Pavri.

Admission is free

Sandy Brechin, accordion, & Ewan Wilkinson, vocals and guitar

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library. Wellgate Centre DD1 3 BQ
Saturday 24th February, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Sandy Brechin, accordion,  & Ewan Wilkinson, vocals and guitar
Sandy and Ewan have been playing together for twelve years now, combining Ewan’s rich baritone singing and unique guitar style with Sandy’s lightning fast accordion playing and backing vocals. The duo have toured all over the world, including Australia, The Middle East, Scandinavia and all over the British Isles. A selection of some of the best traditional songs from Scotland (and even some from England!) are interwoven with Ewan’s own songs and Sandy’s high-energy tunes sets to make a dazzling show.

Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation

Lorraine Wilson with Tosh Flood

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB
Wednesday 7th February
Lunchtime Recital. 1.15pm
Lorraine Wilson with Tosh Flood!

Lorraine Wilson is a Dundee-born singer who has performed with various bands in her home city over the years.   A freelance journalist, she is the author of Take it to the Bridge, a book charting the history of rock and pop in Dundee, and Facing Forward, a fascinating account of her solo back-packing trip around Europe.

She is currently working on an album with her husband Tosh Flood, a highly respected Dublin-born musician, songwriter, and producer, who plays guitars with The Divine Comedy. They both performed in London with the London Accordion Orchestra in January.
Lorraine and Tosh have put together a special, rather eclectic set of songs for a performance at the Wighton Centre!

Admission is free, donations for Friends of Wighton’s Outreach programme welcome.

Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist

Saturday 20th January, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation
Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist!
Simon Kempston is an Edinburgh based award-winning singer-songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composing and performing original and contemporary acoustic music.
Though he is a Dundee lad, Simon’s busy schedule rarely allows time for him to perform in his native city so we are especially thrilled to welcome him to the Wighton!
Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

Simon has performed at many of the major venues, folk/blues clubs and festivals in Scotland, the UK and regularly tours the length & breadth of Europe. He has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as other local and specialist music radio stations.  

Beautifully authentic guitar style & heartfelt vocal
Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 6
Highly recommended, very fine album from a very fine young Scottish musician
Iain Anderson
BBC Radio Scotland
Intelligent, passionate and highly original
fROOTS magazine

Shamblestone

Happy New Year!   Friends of Wighton’s 2018 Lunchtime Recital programme launches in style on Wednesday 10th January with the Shamblestone!
An entertaining multi-instrumentalist folk duo, rooted in the Scottish tradition, Joanna Stark and Elisabeth Flett first started playing together in 2008 as part of folk trio Three’s A Crowd – the group went on to perform in venues all over Scotland and take part in projects such as the Cambridge Folk Festival Youth Hub Band.  Three’s A Crowd released a CD in 2013. In June 2016 Joanna and Elisabeth performed their first gig under the name of Shamblestone at Eden Festival, followed by a lunchtime concert in the High Mill at Verdant Works, Dundee in July. Their innovative blend of different musical styles and sparky live performances makes Shamblestone an unusual and exciting duo.

The Recital starts at 1.15pm and admission is free.

Happenings at the Wighton!

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee DD1 1DB
Saturday 28th October, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Alan Brown, singer,  songwriter and raconteur!
Tickets £5 (tea/coffee available for small donation)
Alan Brown was born and raised less than half a mile from where the present day Wighton Library stands and Dundee has been a major influence on his career to date. Exiled from the city since 1970 he is difficult to pigeonhole: singer, songwriter, musician, composer, novelist, journalist, after dinner speaker, playwright, poet, standup, tour guide, and is probably best summed as – an entertainer! Despite thirty years performing professionally in Scotland and overseas this will be his first ever solo appearance in his hometown. Expect a varied programme of award-winning songs and stories, brand new material and a few surprises.
And in November!
Wednesday 1st, 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Lorraine Wilson, singer, accompanied by Tosh Flood.
A varied programme of standards and surprises from Lorraine who will be accompanied by the highly regarded Irish musician Tosh Flood.  Lorraine is, of course, well known as a journalist and author but she is also a very fine singer with an eclectic repertoire. 
Admission free, donations welcome.
Tuesday 7th, 6.15pm
Trad Talk: Culture Chat   Free. Your opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Culture Strategy.  Opinions,  instruments and voices welcome!  Book your place at
And we have two Cappuccinos in late November with folk who are no strangers to us!
Saturday 18th with Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
Saturday 25th with Zakia & Farrah Fawcett, strings with style!


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