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 2020
Saturday 11th April at 3pm
Meditation for Easter
Robert Duncan (piano) and Kim Duncan (oboe)
Saturday 2nd May at 3pm
Recital for Christian Aid
Erin Smith accompanied by Dennis Morrison
Saturday 23rd May at 3pm
Gillian Bain Christie (soprano)
Sunday 7th June at 7pm
Granite City Brass
Sunday 27th June at 3pm
Gareth John the Cellos of Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra
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.
A Celebration of Christmas
Music, readings, carols and floral displays.
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.
In the bleak mid-winter the shepherds tended their sheep …. look for the wool.
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.
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.
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.