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.

Online Mini Recitals in 2021

24th January

Scottish Music

Erin Smith (violin) accompanied by Dennis Morrison (piano).

14th February

Music from Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

28th February

Neil Birse - Jazz pianist

14th March

Two recitals:

Gareth John

Camilli Quartet

During Holy Week

Kim Duncan (Oboe) and Robert Duncan (Piano)

Music and Meditations for Easter

11th April

Music from St Margaret's School for Girls

25th April

Blair Cargill (Piano) will play Schubert, Chopin and Debussy

9th May

Students from the University of Aberdeen

23rd May

Aden Mazur - a recital for violin

6th June

Ailsa Durden

20th June

Camilli Quartet and Erin Smith

4th July

Parisian Nights - David Martin


6th August

Viaggio Italiano - Bill Gallerizzo

6th September

Nataliia Naismith & Gareth John

30th October

Robert and Kim Duncan


Aurora Quartet

Aden Mazur & Alexandria Grant (violins)

Laurie Rominger (viola)

Gareth John (cello)

4th December

The Cargill Trio

Kim and Robert Duncan

It was wonderful to welcome Robert and Kim back to Midstocket Church on Saturday 30th October for what was our first live recital in over 18 months! It was a fantastic performance and we look forward to seeing them again before long!

Nataliia Naismith & Gareth John

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Nataliia Naismith & Gareth John.

1. Wild Mountain Thyme

2. Bach Largo (from Concerto for Two Violins)

3. Ave Maria - Can you feel the love tonight

Viaggio Italiano - Bill Gallerizzo

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Bill Gallerizzo.

1. Al di la

2. Senza Luce

3. Passione

4. Arrivederci

Parisian Nights - David Martin

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome David Martin.

1. Rainbow Waltz

2. Nicola

3. Sous le ciel de Paris

4. Style Musette

5. Thierry and Ida's wedding by David Martin

6. Nuits Calines

Favourites pieces by Camilli Quartet and Erin Smith

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Camilli Quartet and Erin Smith.

1. Hoppipolla

2. Bring him home

3. Phantom of the opera

4. I see the light

5. Danny boy

6. Orange blossom special

Ailsa Durden plays Ludovico Einaudie and Wendy Stewart

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Ailsa Durden.

1. Ludovico Einaudie - Nuvole Bianche

2. Ludovico Einaudie - The Earth Prelude

3. Wendy Stewart - Cairn Water

4. Wendy Stewart - Fires at Midnight

Aden Mazur plays Bach, Wieniawski, Moszkowski

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Aden Mazur.

1. Bach, Sonata No. 1 in G minor

2. Wieniawski, Legende

3. Moszkowski, Spanischer Tanz No. 2

A Recital by Music Students of Aberdeen University

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Students from the University of Aberdeen.

1. Eilidh Stewart - Bach - Suite 1 in G major, prelude

2. Clara-Jane Maunder and Miriam McDonald - House of the Rising Sun

3. Kiera Mitchell - Salut D'Amour Elgar

4. Liam Bowie - Maria from West Side Story

5. Megan McNicoll - Melodie - Gluck

6. Michael Innes - Serenade from The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg

7. Murray Bartle - This Too Shall Pass by Ivan Trevino

8. Peter Ney - Memento - Ivan Trevino

9. Clara-Jane Maunder - Telemann

Blair Cargill plays Schubert, Chopin and Debussy

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Blair Cargill plays Schubert, Chopin and Debussy.

1. Klavierstucke in E flat minor, D946 - Schubert

2. Nocturne in F sharp major, op15 no2 - Chopin

3. Mazurka in C sharp minor, op41 no 1 - Chopin

4. ‘Clair de Lune’ from Suite Bergamasque - Debussy

5. ‘Minstrels’ from Preludes book one - Debussy

Music from St Margaret's School for Girls

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome St Margaret's School for Girls.

1. Sarabande and Gigue, Bach

2. Music from the Netflix Series 'Bridgerton'

3. Unusual Way, Maury Yeston

4. Allemande, Sarabande and Gigue, Bach

5. Concerto in G major, Mvt 1, Mozart

6. Loch Lomond

Music and Meditations for Easter

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Kim Duncan and Robert Duncan.

Music and Meditations for Easter Kim Duncan (oboe) and Robert Duncan (piano).

Easter Meditation number 1

Bist du bei mir. (If Thou are by me.) From the Anna Magdalena notebook.

Adagio from Cantata no. 56. I stand with one foot in the grave.

Easter Meditation number 2

Aria from the Easter Oratorio. Come hasten and run,

Aria from St Matthew Passion. Jesus Saviour, I am thine.

Online Music @ Midstocket: 2 short Recitals

Music @ Midstocket would like to welcome Gareth John playing

Suite no 1 in G for solo cello by J S Bach

1. Prelude

2. Allemande

3. Courante

4. Sarabande

5. Minuets

6. Gigue

Music @ Midstocket welcomes Camillie Quartet

The Camilli Quartet in Lockdown.

1. Best Days American Authors

2. Lord of the Rings Howard Shore

3. Danny Boy Traditional

4. Bluebird Alex Ffrench

Music @ Midstocket welcomes Neil Birse

1 Billie's Bounce - Charlie Parker (0:24)

2 Celeste - Ralph Towner (4:24)

3 Everybody's Song But My Own - John Taylor (11:17)

4 But Beautiful - Jimmy Van Heusen (17:44)

5 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington (23:16)


Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Waltz

2 Gareth John (cello)

Bach - Minuets

3 Gareth John (cello)

Bach - Sarabande Suite 2

4 Clara -Jane Maunder

The Dean Brig o' Edinburgh

5 Andy Leadbetter (piano)

Rachmaninov - Prelude D MajorOp 23 no 4


Holst - St Paul's Suite - Jig

Scottish Music played by Erin Smith (violin) accompanied by Dennis Morrison (piano)

1. King Robert the Bruce (march), The Smith's a Gallant Fireman (strathspey), The Hurricane (reel)

2. Neil Gow's Lamentations for James Moray esq. Of Abercarney (slow air)

3. My Lily (waltz), The Sweetness of Mary (strathspey)

4. Lament for Sir John Macpherson Grant (slow air), Glenrinnes (strathspey), Highland Wedding (jig), Ruthrie (reel)

5. High Road to Linton (reel), De'il Among the Tailors (reel), Largo's Fairy Dance (reel)

Music @ Midstocket during the pandemic

On Remembrance Sunday, Aden Mazur of Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra gave a memorable performance of John Williams theme from Schindler’s List. Aden’s performance in the sanctuary will live long in the memory. It was so successful that Tanya, our Minister, asked if Joy, Aden and I could ask some of our Music @ Midstocket musicians and members of Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra (our in-house orchestra) to record Christmas music and carols for use in the church services in December.

What followed greatly enhanced Christmas worship and for that we are extremely grateful to Aden Mazur, Jean Fletcher, Nataliia Naismith and Gareth John of A.C.O., Erin Smith, Stephanie Gibson, Richard Kidd, Owen Somerville and pupils of Albyn School, Peter Parfitt and pupils of St. Margaret’s School for Girls.

From October to December our church services have mainly taken the form of Reflections and Meditations. As singing in church is not possible at the moment, Joy, our organist, has given a mini recital each weeks, playing two or three pieces of music for meditation. This culminated on 20th December when Joy and her brother Dr Stanley Ewen played duets for piano and organ during the service. It was another memorable music event which will live in the annals of Midstocket Church.

This service proved to be the final Sunday service for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 restrictions. To reach out over the Christmas, Tanya and Andy McCreath (our resident IT expert) created an online Christmas Recital from some of the performances uploaded to the share drive for the Christmas services. It proved to be very successful and not only lifted the spirits of the congregation and the musicians but also reached out to families in countries around the world including Australia, Borneo and Canada. As a result, Tanya asked Joy and I to arrange a series of short recitals to support mental health and well being. Edyta, our secretary at Midstocket Church will prepare the recitals for going online using her excellent IT skills.

At this time of year, Sandy Wiseman and the Social Committee would normally be planning the annual Church Burns Lunch. As this cannot take place this year, our recitals will start with Erin Smith (violin) playing Scottish music accompanied by Dennis Morrison (piano). This recital will go online on 24th January.

Aden has again helped us tremendously contacting members of A.C.O. and arranging a recital which will go online on 14th February.

Further information will soon be available on the website.

Pam Michie

Music @ Midstocket 2020

Music at Midstocket - Festive Virtual Concert December 30th 2020

Although we are unable to hold concerts in the Church at the moment, we have put together a festive "virtual" concert for you to enjoy this year. With our grateful thanks to all the performers who contributed to this concert:

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Albyn School

The Coventry Carol – Gareth John & Natalia Naismith, Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra (ACO)

In the Bleak Mid Winter – Aden Mazur, ACO

Walking in the Air – Aden Mazur, Jean Fletcher & Gareth John, ACO

Away in a Manger – Erin Smith

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Erin Smith

O Come All Ye Faithful – Albyn School

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – St Margaret’s School

Although we are unable to hold concerts in the Church at the moment, we have put together a festive "virtual" concert for you to enjoy this year. Our grateful thanks to all those who contributed - Albyn School, St Margaret's School, Aden Mazur and Colleagues from the Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra and Erin Smith on the violin. We are sure you will love the variety of music!

Keys of Shalom - piano music

Robert Duncan.pdf

On Saturday 1st February: Music @ Midstocket in the Sanctuary at 3pm. Flute Quartet: Christine Arant (flute), Aden Mazur (violin), Jean Fletcher (viola), Hilary Fielding (cello) entertained us. Proceeds were donated to Music @ Midstocket Music Fund.

Music@Midstocket 2019

A Celebration of Christmas

Music, readings, carols and floral displays.

The Annunciation

The Arum Lily represents the Virgin Mary.

The barbed wire reminds us of the crown of thorns at our Lord’s crucifixion. Ikebanna

The Birth of Jesus

The deprivation of the stable as the birthplace of Jesus is reflected in the basic colours and textures. Added to these are the gold and purple chrysanthemums denoting the arrival of the Son of God. The lily reminds us of the annunciation.

The Shepherds

In the bleak mid-winter the shepherds tended their sheep …. look for the wool.

Three Kings

The exotic visitors from the East are represented by Bird of Paradise flowers. Stargazer lilies remind us that they were following the star.

In November we welcomed classical jazz pianist Neil Birse. His reputation preceded him and we were certainly not disappointed. He gave a thrilling recital and we look forward to welcoming Neil back before long. £325 was raised for the Midstocket Parish Church Defibrillator Fund and Music @ Midstocket Music Fund.

The recital on 14th September was dedicated to the memory of our friend June Morrison MBE who supported Music @ Midstocket from the start. Dermot O'Connor (baritone) accompanied by Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra's Aden Mazur gave a programme of songs by Finzi, Gurney Shubert and Mozart. Liam Kerr then played Einaudi, Chopin and Shubert. Liam was ably assisted by his daughter, Lucinda, who proved to be an excellent page turner. It was wonderful recital which June would have loved. £352 was raised for Midstocket Parish Church Defibrillator Fund .

Fearghal McCarten made a welcome return to Midstocket on 31st August with a programme of French music for clarsach and harp. This was first recital in aid of The Midstocket Parish Church Defibrillator Fund and £282 was raised. At the end of Music @ Midstocket there is always an opportunity to have tea or coffee and a chat.

On Sunday 30th June was held extra Music @ Midstocket as a farewell to Jonathan Kightley (viola) who is leaving Aberdeen to take up a teaching post at the Yehudi Menuhin Institute, Bermuda. The recital was in aid of Aberdeen Cyrenians and Midstocket Parish Church Music Fund.

The Aberdeen Chamber Recorder Orchestra, led by Musical Director Edward Friday, gave a recital on 15th June. This specialist ensemble presented a varied programme of music by Monteverdi, Handel, Holst, Andrew Challinger and Ruaraidh Wishart, to much applause. £300 was raised for SAMH (The Scottish Association of Mental Health).

The Christian Aid Recital was this year given by Aberdeen Vocal Ensemble – a virtuoso group of thirteen solo singers who blend into a wonderful choir led by Sam Paul. £405.55 was raised at this event. This time a member of the audience travelled from York!

On Easter Saturday we welcomed Kim Duncan (oboe) and Robert Duncan (piano) to give “Music and Meditations for Easter”. This was the fourth year they had given a recital on Easter Saturday – event eagerly anticipated at Midstocket. Some members of the audience travelled quite a distance for this event-a positive sign! The recital was in aid of a new initiative – The Midstocket Parish Church Bible Garden. We have been able to donate £300 to this exciting initiative.

Continuing our policy of supporting young musicians, Lewis Reid (double bass) and Cecily Burnett-Stuart (cello) accompanied by Blair Cargill gave a performance of outstanding musicianship in April. Lewis performance was assessed as part of his Masters Degree. We have now heard that he has gained his Masters with distinction.

Many congratulations, Lewis

Copyright, Julian Maunder@Spud'n'Duck Photography Aberdeen

March gave us “Medicinal Matters” for Vine Trust, a recital by Dr Kathryn Arnould (soprano) and Dr Graham Macdonald (piano). We first heard Dr Arnould sing at Midstocket last year when she was a soloist with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra and we were delighted she returned to Midstocket to give a recital for us. We are also looking forward to Dr Macdonald returning to give a recital in 2020.

In February, Fearghal McCartan gave a clarsach recital “Around the world on 80 Strings” £200 was raised for Charlie House. We are delighted that Fearghal will return in August, this time giving a recital of music for the harp.

This year we are, as ever, aiming to provide a varied programme of recitals of high quality-hoping there is something for everyone. We certainly have not been disappointed in this year’s performances. All have been of a very high calibre, starting in January, with Jillian Bain Christie (soprano) accompanied by Ben Marsden. They gave a recital of Songs from Scotland, Scandinavia and Russia in aid of CLIC Sargent. £200 was raised for the charity.


  • 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 2018 we raised almost £4,000 for charity.

Come and support this venture.

All are welcome.

"Medicinal Music"

An enchanting programme of music was performed in the Sanctuary on Saturday 16th March. The event was entitled "Medicinal Music", not because the music had any specific links to medical conditions ... but because the two performers were both practising doctors. Dr Kathryn Arnould (soprano) accompanied by pianist Dr Graham Macdonald performed pieces by Faure, Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Durand, Delibes, Puccini and Gounod. Proceeds from the event went to The Vine Trust and The Sandpiper Trust.

N. Deans

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.

Norman Deans