What's on? | Featured Concerts
In this year’s autumn concert The King’s present a number of world premieres, including a composition by Mike Merrill, PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen, alongside challenging repertoire of German composers.
Join Aberdeen Bach Choir for their first ever performance of Georg Friedrich Händel’s Israel in Egypt. It is now favourite worldwide, not least because of the intense and almost operatic drama Handel brings to the music, both for the double chorus and for the SATB soloists.
The Good Friday concert at the Winspear centre, Edmonton, Canada, has been a tradition for decades. Joined by the Da Camera Singers (director John Brough) and fifteen wind players, Pro Coro Canada will perform the magnificent Mass in E-minor by Anton Bruckner, as well as a newly commissioned work by Uģis Prauliņš.
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For one night only the Beach Ballroom comes alive to the sound of an amateur choir competition, Hosted by Fiona Kennedy. Guest Judges include Paul Mealor and Dr Roger Williams, a truly amazing evening not to be missed with all proceeds benefiting the local vulnerable people supported by VSA.
This will be a concert to celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Venice’s annual carnival and ceremonial Marriage to the Sea. The concert will feature sacred, secular and instrumental music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Rovetta, and contemporaries, as the choir presents a musical reconstruction of this event as it might have sounded in the 1630s.
In their final concert of the year, the orchestra is joined by two winners of the Chris Cadwur James Concerto Competition, Kirsten Beveridge and William Gray. This programme celebrates music by Brahms and Chopin, and also the master of the silver screen John Williams.
The Marischal Chamber Orchestra and University Choral Society join forces to give the world premiere of a collaborative work based on Schiller's jubilant text 'Ode to joy' before going on to perform Beethoven's monumental 9th Symphony op. 125 in D minor.
An outstanding quartet of internationally known soloists will perform parts 1, 4, 5 and 6 of the magnificent Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach with Aberdeen Bach Choir and Aberdeen Sinfonietta under the baton of Musical Director Peter Parfitt.
Players of The King's Philharmonic Wind Orchestra present a collection of Solo Features for Voice (Baritone), Violin and Wind Orchestra, commissioned compositions, as well as wind orchestra originals in their Winter Concert "ABENDMOND" at the University of Aberdeen.
The joint forces of the two largest ensembles at the University of Aberdeen, the UoA Symphony Orchestra and the UoA Choral Society, perform Orff’s masterwork Carmina Burana.
Herzliche Einladung zum Laternenumzug der Christuskirchengemeinde zum St. Martins-Tag. Der Treffpunkt wieder am Spielplatz im Hyde-Park. Dort werden wir gemeinsam singen und anschließend zum Montpelier Place vor der Christuskirche ziehen. Blechbläser-Quartet in der Christuskirche.
Performance | Recordings
The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir:
Under the direction of Paul Mealor, the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir performs fresh new arrangements of songs by Burns made by the University’s staff and students, along with guest contributions from Robert Lovie, Jillian Bain Christie and fiddler Raemond Jappy. Celebrate Burns night in style!
The CD is for sale on both Amazon and iTunes, and all proceeds from the Sale of Immortal Memory: A Burns Night Celebration go to the relief efforts in Ballater, Scotland, which was recently devastated by flooding.
Compositions | Featured Works
In this set of three works that the author describes as a poetic triangle, the same situation is told from three perspectives. Calantha (No. 1) makes space for her frustration about her husband, Lord Byron, who in Chartered Love (No. 3) presents his depressed emotional view on the matter, while their dog (A London Hound, No. 2) seems to register some issues with the couple but - given his nature being an animal - playfully and easy-minded explores the city of London, reflecting the circumstances, loyal to both.
This is a very sinister interpretation of Paul Verlaine's famous poem Chanson d'automne from his first collection Poèmes saturniens, and more specifically from the Payasages tristes, 'Sad landscapes'. It is reflecting on the poem's use for the invasion of Normandy in World War II, therefore using the dark and foreboding character of the E Phrygian mode.
Written for only two instruments, this piece makes use of distinct rythms in both parts to suggest the imagery of a train ride. This work's aim is to explore the different timbres of the instruments registers. From making use of the clarinet's deep and mysterious sound colour in its chalumeau register, to a pale and fuzzy sounding throat, a bright clarino register to an almost flute-like quality in the altissimo register that seems to be the most perfect match to its the duet partner.
Although generally written with a simple tonal structure (F minor), this work's harmonies reflect tension and emotion in the poem. This work explores different textures in its sections to underline what is given in the text. The melody was closely composed to the text, its contour follows the content of the text, its climaxes underline the most important and most emotional text passages.
This work makes use of unfamiliar playing techniques (i.e. deconstructing the instrument, singing and playing simulaneously, the use of mutes, half valves, hand vibrato, blowing air through the instrument, as well as creating percussive sounds while playing). In doing so, the piece explores a wide range of new timbres and rhythms that may seem uncommon for both players and the recipient
The ambiguity of used chords and recurring chord progressions in a transposed form, will make it impossible for the recipient to identify a tonal structure following common harmonic combinations. Performing this piece at a space with long reverberation will exagurate its texture.