Our Music@Midstocket initiative is our Church project to provide regular musical events to people in the city. Performances are held monthly, and are in a range of genres - classical, religious, jazz, choral, Scottish Traditional, opera, baroque and chamber music, and music for children. The income generated is used to support charity work. As well as Music@Midstocket, our Church premises are used by outside organisations for additional musical performances.
Forthcoming Recitals in the Sanctuary
Music @ Midstocket
Saturday 16th March at 3pm:
Kathryn Arnould - Soprano
Saturday 6th April at 3pm:
Lewis Reid (Double Bass) and Friends
Saturday 20th April at 3pm
Music and Meditations for Easter
Kim Duncan - Oboe and Robert Duncan - Piano
Saturday 11th May at 3pm
Recital for Christian Aid
Saturday 15th June at 3pm
Aberdeenshire Chamber Recorder Orchestra
- Providing a variety of musical experiences of high calibre
- Bringing music to the community
- Supporting young musicians
- Raising funds for various charities
Recitals are held at 3pm usually on a Saturday. One hour of music is followed by refreshments and fellowship.
Members of the congregation act as stewards, welcoming the audience, then serving tea & coffees at the end of the recital.
Comments from members of the audience
“The quality has been superb. Hospitality and welcome excellent.”
“It’s good to see our church encouraging people to meet here.”
“The concerts have brought many visitors into the Sanctuary.”
In 2017-2018 we raised £2,820 for local charities.
Come and support this venture.
All are welcome.
The very successful recital raised the total sum of £1,000 after expenses. £750 of this is being given to the Gordon Highlanders Support Fund for Education and £250 plus the contents of the donation cans, is going to the Royal British Legion. Joy and Pam wish to thank all those who supported the event, all the wonderful musicians and the large team of helpers who made it possible.
Music @ Midstocket
Centenary Recital of Remembrance
10th November 2018
Poppy petals fell from the roof of the Church Sanctuary on a packed Church as a bugler, played the last post. This was the culmination of a wonderful and emotional afternoon of music and readings held in the Sanctuary on Saturday 10th November to mark the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice.
The Recital of Remembrance event was created by Joy Brockley and Pam Michie. The music programme was developed by Mr Owen Somerville and staff of the Music Department of Albyn School and included solo and orchestral performances by individual pupils, choirs and musicians.
Visitors were welcomed at the Church door by the stirring tunes from the Great War, played on bagpipes by Robert Thompson, a piper with the Gordon Highlanders Association drums and pipe band. There then followed a moving programme of musical items by the Albyn staff and pupils, each of which had an association with issues of war, peace, hope and love.
A fanfare played by bugler Alan Marr then heralded an emotionally-charged series of readings by Alison McLeod and Heather McDonald. Alison spoke of each man who had been associated with Beechgrove United Free Church and who had died in the Great War; Heather gave the details for men associated with St Ninian’s Church. The readings with the names, ages and addresses of local young men who had died in battle brought tears to many of those present.
The ‘Last Post’ was then played by Alan Marr, and after a one-minute silence with poppies falling, ‘Reveille’ was played. The Rev. Dr Norrie Maciver then read extracts from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon, and the recital concluded with the bagpipe sound of Robert Thomson and “Flowers of the Forest” fading into the distance.