Music in Ayr

presented by Ayr Music Club

Programme for 2019-2020

Saturday 28th September 2019 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church Ayr KA7 4PQ

The Roxburgh String Quartet



Saturday 2nd November 2019 - 7.30pm

 Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB

Sarah Beth Briggs - Piano

Saturday 7th December 2019 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church Ayr KA7 4PQ

Kosmos Ensemble


Saturday 18th January 2020 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ

Simon Thacker - Guitar

Saturday 29th February 2020 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ

Sirocco Winds

Saturday 21st March 2020 - 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB

Marahaj Degavino Duo

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 Rachel Spencer - Violin; Andrew Lees - Violin; Morag Robertson - Viola;

Helen Duncan - ’Cello

The quartet, based in Edinburgh, formed in 2005. At the heart of their music making is their love of the varied repertoire available for String Quartets. Their concerts are about sharing the warmth intimacy and passion of some of the greatest music ever written. Their current repertoire includes not only works by the great classical composers but also by contemporary writers.

Making a welcome return to Ayr, Sarah is celebrating the 100th. Anniversary of the birth of Denis Matthews, one of the greatest concert pianists of the C.20th. Her programmes reflect his influence in setting Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, alongside the modern composers Rawsthorne, Rubbra  and Hans Gal.

Harriet Mackenzie - Violin; Meg Rosaleen Hamilton - Viola; Milos Milivojevic - Accordion.

Influenced by music from all over the world, Kosmos perform their own compositions, arrangements and improvisations, inspired by Jewish, Gypsy, Tango, Balkan and Japanese music with their own contemporary twist. Given the time of year we may also expect something seasonal.

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Acknowledged as one of the U.K’s most accomplished and distinctive musical figures, Simon last performed for Ayr Music Club in 2011, since when his career has blossomed as he has taken classical guitar playing to new audiences across the world. As one reviewer in Canada has written, “His ability to extract such meaning and expression from merely six nylon strings speaks of true genius.”

Matthew Howells - Flute; Clara Lafuente Garcia- Oboe;
Calum Robertson - Clarinet; Gillian Horn - Bassoon;
Peter McNeill - French Horn

Formed in 2012 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sirocco Winds are a dynamic professional wind quintet, who pride themselves on being a young, enthusiastic, vibrant group.  Their programmes  include a variety of music ranging across classical , jazz and tunes from the shows. One reviewer wrote: “ It is so good to have such a young enthusiastic group of musicians - and so talented”.

 Meera Maharaj - Flute;  Dominic Degavino - Piano



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28th September 2019 : Roxburgh String Quartet:


Beethoven op. 59/1 No. 7 in F

Shostakovich op. 49 No. 1 in C

Poulenc 3 songs arr. for string quartet by Jean-Christophe Masson

2nd November 2019 : Sarah Beth Briggs - Piano:


Bach - Prelude and Fugue

Mozart - Sonata in F

Beethoven - “ Pathetique”;

Denis Matthews - Rhapsody

Ravel - Sonatina

Brahms - 4 Piano Pieces.

7th December 2019 : Kosmos Ensemble:

Harriet, Meg and Miloš have crafted a programme unique to

KOSMOS, inspired by music from all around the globe.

Wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish and Greek music glide

seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements for and by the ensemble and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.

18th January 2020 : Simon Thacker:


Simon Thacker                                             Albedo / improvisation

Isaías Sávio  (1900-77, Brazil)                    Batucada


Agustín Barrios Mangoré  (1885-1944,  Paraguay)                                      La Catedral


                                                         1.Preludio “Saudade”     2.Andante Religioso       3.Allegro Solemne           

Simon Thacker                                            Svaranjali

Simon Thacker                                            Mann Vāsanai

Joaquín Malats (1872-1912, Spain)            Serenata Espaňola  (Arr. Francisco Tarrega)



Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-56, Hungary).  Romanze, Tarantella

                                                                           from Bardenklänge Op.13.

Simon Thacker                                            Tandava

Agustín Barrios Mangoré                             Jha, che valle

                                                                   Danza Paraguaya no.2


Heitor Villa-Lobos  (1887-1959, Brazil)       Etude XI from 12 Estudos


Simon  Thacker                                          Nirjanavana

                                                                  (guitar and digital delay)

29th February 2020 : Sirocco Winds:

 Sirocco Winds take on a variety of styles in a programme that showcases the range that the wind quintet has to offer. The first half provides us with some classic masterworks for this ensemble before the second half takes us into the world of Latin America, musical theatre and jazz.


Handel arr. M. Howells – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Holst – Quintet for Winds

i. Allegro moderato

ii. Adagio

iii. Minuetto (in Canon) with Trio

iv. Air and Variations

Debussy – Suite No. 1 arr. for wind quintet

i. Minstrels

ii. Girl with the Flaxen Hair

iii. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

Barber – Summer Music

Shostakovich – Polka


Terence Greaves – Beethoven’s Fifth Bossa Nova

Bernstein arr. M. Howells – West Side Story Medley

Medaglia – Suite, “Belle Epoque in Sud-America”

i. Tango

ii. Vals Paulista

iii. Chorinho ‘Walter’s Requinta maluca’

Schifrin – La Nouvelle Orleans

Gershwin arr. Linckelmann – Rhapsody in Blue

21st March 2020 : Maharaj Degavino Duo:





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