Music in Ayr, presented by Ayr Music Club


Programme for 2018-2019


Saturday 29th September 2018 - 7.30pm (The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ)

The Gildas String Quartet  - last with us in 2014, since when their career has blossomed. They have had support from the Britten- Pears Foundation, have worked with Harrison Birtwhistle, performed live on Radio 3 and recently finished their tenure as Junior Fellows at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During this current season they have been selected as Making Music Featured Artists.  Their anticipated programme is to include Bach, Britten and Brahms.

( Christopher Jones, Gemma Sharples, Kay Stephen and Anna Menzies).  


Saturday 27th October 2018 - 7.30pm (The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ)

Arctic Winds - Yvonne Paterson - Flute ; ex. Douglas Academy and RCM where she was principal flute and performed with them at BBC Proms and in Amsterdam and Berlin.  Awarded Dewar Arts Award which led to engagements with BBC SSO.

Catherine Earnshaw - Oboe; graduated from RSAMD before going to Australia for 4 months. Returned to work free-lance and has worked with RSNO, Scottish Opera and Manchester Camerata. Founder member of the Scottish Reed Trio with whom she came to Ayr two or three seasons ago.

Rebecca Whitener - Clarinet; studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and then at the Royal Academy of Music. At both places won various awards which led to solo performances and to employment with European orchestras. Now freelancing and based in Glasgow.

Anthea Wood - Bassoon; graduated from University of Huddersfield and the RNCM. She has worked with the Halle, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic & Opera North before moving to Glasgow and working regularly with the main Scottish orchestras.  Member of staff at Chetham’s in Manchester.

Jamie Shield - Horn: a product of RSAMD ; winner of two prestigious Brass prizes.  Based in Scotland and freelancing - work has taken him to several European countries and Mauritius.

Their programme is to include Hindemith, Dvorak, Reicha and Jim Parker.


Saturday 1st December 2018 - 7.30pm (The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ)

Scozzesi -  male vocal ensemble; professional singers, classically trained. The actual complement not yet known but probably emanating from Scottish Opera - 2 tenors, 2 baritones  and able to provide a very eclectic programme. Tours throughout Scotland.


Saturday 19th January 2019 - 7.30pm (The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ)

The Pelleas Ensemble – Flute - Henry Roberts , Viola - Luba Tunnicliffe , Harp - Oliver Wass

The Ensemble have extensive concert experience and have performed all over the United Kingdom, last year winning both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition. They are featured artists with Making Music and over the last year  have also been Tillett Trust artists. This led to their debut at Wigmore Hall in November 2016. At the Royal Overseas League Competition 2017 they were awarded the Elias Fawcett Prize for Outstanding Ensemble and in May, were finalists in the YCAT showcase at Wigmore Hall. They are Tunnell Trust winners, this season but are not coming to Ayr as such.

Their programme will include works by Bax, Bach, Jolivet and Ravel - and a contemporary piece as yet to be decided.



Saturday 2nd February 2019 - 7.30pm (Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB)

Reiko Fujisawa - “ Clara 2019 ” - Piano and Narration

A celebration through words and music of the special musical and personal relationship between Clara Schuman (an acknowledged musician in her own right) and her husband Robert Schumann.

Reiko began to learn to play the piano at the age of three.  She studied at Musashino University of Music in Tokyo before going first to America and then to London, where she studied with Yonti Solomon amongst others. She has made her home in this country and performs regularly as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician.


Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 7.30pm (Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB)

The A4 Brass Quartet

Jamie Smith (Cornet/Flugelhorn),  Jonathan Bates (Tenor Horn), Michael Cavanagh (Baritone Horn), Chris Robertson (Euphonium).

After recently completing studying individually at the Royal Northern College of Music, all members of A4 Brass Quartet have decided to focus on chamber music and subsequently have been accepted onto the highly prestigious International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music course at the RNCM for the academic year 2017/18.
During this exciting year studying as a chamber ensemble, A4 Brass aims to continue performing concerts across the UK and abroad, and becoming Tunnell Trust artists is a fantastic opportunity to perform at music clubs across Scotland. Alongside currently being Tillett Trust Young Artists, A4 Brass are applying to become Live Music Now musicians and intend also to continue to commission a variety of new works to perform at  concerts and to record on their second CD with the World of Sound record label. Their programme is to contain works by Mendelssohn, Grainger, Scottish Traditional and arrangements from classical opera.

This is a Tunnell Trust Recital.


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