Studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St Andrew’s College of Education and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University. Head of Music at Balfron High School and organist at St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden. Compositions include Griminish Point and Conveyance (orchestral), Pattern of Life and The Fastest Man on Earth (choral), Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Liftoff (electro-acoustic) and various settings of liturgical texts. Saltire Sinfonietta, an orchestral work in three movements, was commissioned and premiered by the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra. Musical interests include 20th century music, jazz and music by Scottish composers.
Adrian Finnerty is a music teacher, composer, pianist, organist and examiner who lives and works just outside Glasgow. He is Principal Teacher (Learning and Teaching) of Creative Arts at Balfron High School, with responsibility for Music, Art and Design, and Drama, and has been responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a variety of staff development activities, workshops and in-service courses for teachers. He is also Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church, Bearsden, and teaches piano, theory and electronic keyboard.
Performing experience includes: playing piano and accompanying for concerts, festivals and examinations; playing the organ regularly for church services, including weddings and other special occasions; and conducting amateur choirs, orchestras and musical theatre groups. As a composer his work covers quite a wide spectrum, including; piano solo, choral, orchestral and electro-acoustic. He studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St. Andrew’s College of Education in Glasgow, and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh.
Compositions include; Griminish Point, Conveyance and Saltire Sinfonietta (orchestral), Pattern of Life, The Fastest Man On Earth and Balulalow (choral), Fanfare Academica and Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Lift-off (electro-acoustic), Rawley’s Patch and High-Rise Halloween (musicals), Contretemps, Kaprun and Tarbert (piano) and various settings of liturgical texts.
Qualifications include; BA(Hons) and MA in Education from the Open University; MMus in Composition, Jazz and 20th Century Music from the University of Edinburgh, DipTMus (Diploma in the Teaching of Music) from St. Andrew’s College of Education, DipABRSM (Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in piano teaching, and the ALCM (Associate Diploma of the London College of Music) in piano performing. He is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the European Piano Teachers’ Association, and the Guild of Church Musicians.
Currently working on a Doctorate in Education at the University of Strathclyde, Adrian Finnerty’s responsibilities and research interests include Learning and Teaching, Creativity and Co-operative Learning. Articles and reviews have been contributed to the Musical Times, the British Journal of Music Education, Music Journal, and local newspapers.
Musical interests include: Music in Education; 20th Century Music; Piano Pedagogy, Repertoire and Technique; Jazz; Organ and Choral Music, Nationalism in Music; Music by Scottish Composers; Composing, Arranging and Conducting.
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
Symphony No 1 (26’)
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
Symphony No 2 (34’)
This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as ‘thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”. To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
BOYLE Touch (for solo flute)
BERKELEY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
BOYLE Four Ways to play Reels
As a champion of new music, the Woodwind Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has built a strong relationship with our Composition Department, and in particular with Lecturer in Composition Rory Boyle. Rory has been at the centre of much creative collaboration with current students, graduates and staff of the WW Department and this concert is dedicated to Rory as we wish him well in his retirement from the RCS.
St Andrews Celebration concert
from 10 am – Coffee Morning
12.30 pm – Recital (Alastair Savage & Friends)
Alastair Savage & Peter Clark – Fiddles
Eddie McGuire – Flute
Ewan Robertson – Whistle
Euan Drysdale – Guitar / Piano
Ian Crawford – Double Bass
Admission to recital is £5 payable at the door
Calum Robertson (organ) will perform works including Rory Boyle’s Toccata.
Songs from Scotland, Ireland, Sardinia and Bulgaria
Elena will be singing at The Apothecary @ 7:30pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017
Tickets £15 include fine teas and homemade cakes
Spaces limited to book please phone 02921320020
Alastair Savage takes us on a journey of Scots fiddle music featuring music by 18th century master Niel Gow and 19th century composer James Scott Skinner alongside music from present day Scotland including Alastair’s own compositions. Accompanying Alastair will be Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world.
New Work (BBC commission, World Premiere)
Eòlas nan Ribheid (The Wisdom of the Reeds) concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
The Gokstad Ship
Symphony No. 3(Scottish Premiere)
BBC Commissions for the BBC SSO of new works inspired by Scotland and its culture continues with a new work for clarinet and orchestra, a piece from Anna Clyne inspired by the Beltane Fire Festival and much more. Thomas Dausgaard conducts…
Tickets available from Monday 30 October 2017.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Yann Ghiro (clarinet)
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Alastair presents an afternoon concert of Scots fiddle repertoire old and new. Accompanied on cello by Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world
Linos Piano Trio
C. P. E. Bach – Trio in E minor, Wq. 89/5
L. van Beethoven – Trio in D Major, op. 70/1 “Ghost”
C. Debussy – La Mer (arr. Sally Beamish)
A lunchtime performance in the magnificent setting of St. Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Alastair is joined by Alice Allen on cello for a concert of Scots fiddle music, featuring melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner.