Alongside his career as an educator, Derek has been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director, keyboardist and record producer for a range of international clients, and has been regularly commissioned as orchestrator, associate composer and musician for 27 award winning feature films, television documentaries, mini-series, and 15 album titles.

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Jul
26
Thu
The Glasgow Barons: Heaven and Earth @ Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ARVO PÄRT Summa

BARBER Adagio for Strings

BILL SWEENEY Sean Orainn

NORRIE MACIVER Songs of Govan Old, Part Three

DVOŘÀK Serenade for Strings

NORRIE MACIVER – Singer/Songwriter

“The Gaelic Cross Over Voice of his generation” Calum McDonald, RUNRIG

PAUL MACALINDIN – conductor

Welcome to Season One of The Glasgow Barons, Govan’s Own Orchestra. Our Govan Reminiscence Group is thirty years old and to celebrate, award winning young singer, Norrie MacIver, performs new folk songs written in collaboration with them. Raw, soulful composer Bill Sweeney swathes us in his unique Celtic sound from the Isles. Dvořàk’s majestic Serenade completes our journey from Heaven to Earth. Conducted by Artistic Director, Paul MacAlindin.

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Two minutes walk to Govan Old Parish Church, behind the Pearce Institute on Govan Road, from:

Govan Subway/Bus Station

Buses (alight Govan Subway): 21, 23, 23A, 23B, 26, 90, 765, X19 (Napier Street)

Free car park: Govan Cross, Napier Road off Govan Road

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

email Paul at theglasgowbarons@gmail.com

Aug
4
Sat
Hebrides Ensemble @ BBC Proms: The Soldier’s Tale @ Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm

Following the success of last year’s ‘Proms at …’ concert in Hull, the BBC Proms once again travels outside London, this time to Lincoln.

The city’s 19th-century Drill Hall – home to the Fourth Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, deployed to the Western Front in 1914 – is the evocative setting for a staged performance of Stravinsky’s First World War music-theatre piece The Soldier’s Tale.

William Conway conducts the Hebrides Ensemble in this tale of a young man who sells his soul (and his violin) to the Devil in exchange for untold wealth – or so it seems.

There will be no interval

Hebrides Ensemble @ BBC Proms: The Soldier’s Tale @ Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
Aug 4 @ 7:30 pm

Following the success of last year’s ‘Proms at …’ concert in Hull, the BBC Proms once again travels outside London, this time to Lincoln.

The city’s 19th-century Drill Hall – home to the Fourth Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, deployed to the Western Front in 1914 – is the evocative setting for a staged performance of Stravinsky’s First World War music-theatre piece The Soldier’s Tale.

William Conway conducts the Hebrides Ensemble in this tale of a young man who sells his soul (and his violin) to the Devil in exchange for untold wealth – or so it seems.

There will be no interval

Aug
8
Wed
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Aug
9
Thu
Sally Beamish: Mathilde Milwidsky (violin) Huw Watkins (piano) @ Carver Church
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am

London-born, but of Lithuanian and Latvian lineage, Mathilde Milwidsky brings this cosmopolitan mix to her programme. A former student of old Festival friend György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, we bow to his Hungarian roots, and Hungary and Romania‘s centenary, with Bartók‘s Romanian folk arrangements to open, and Ravel‘s showpiece for Hungarian virtuoso Jelly d‘Arányi to close. We also light 100 candles for Estonia, in Arvo Pärt‘s transcendental work. While LDSM is marking Michael Berkeley‘s 70th birthday, today‘s première was written as in memoriam tribute to Sir John Manduell, who would have been pleased to be remembered alongside a new work by Sally Beamish commissioned by Mathilde. More from Mathilde – and more Pärt – in our closing concert tomorrow night, and more Grieg tonight.

Programme:

Bartók Romanian Folk Dances 6’

Beamish Wild Swans, for violin and piano 7’

C Schumann Three Romances, Op.22 9¾’

Beethoven Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3 17½’

M Berkeley A Dark Waltz WORLD PREMIÈRE 2’

Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 23¾’

Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel 8¾’

Ravel Tzigane 9¾’

Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Aug
11
Sat
Alastair Savage and friends: Scots fiddle old and new @ Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair celebrates Scotland’s magical fiddle tradition in the glorious Canongate Kirk acoustic. Joining him are long-time collaborators Euan Drysdale (guitar/piano) and Iain Crawford (double bass) alongside folk music legends Eddie McGuire (flute), Ewan Robertson (whistle) and Perthshire fiddle ace Pete Clark. Plaintive airs and swashbuckling reels combine for a colourful and moving journey of melody – ancient and modern. A festival highlight not to be missed. ‘Spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery’ (FolkWords.com). ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Herald).

Aug
13
Mon
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Aug
14
Tue
Emily Doolittle: Jan Tait And The Bear @ Summerhall Venue 26
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Based on a mediaeval story handed down by oral tradition, Emily Doolittle’s comedic chamber opera tells the story of Jan Tait, a rugged and roguish Shetlander who is always ready for an adventure. When he is overcharged by an unscrupulous tax collector, Jan Tait strikes back. He is transported to Norway to account for his crimes before the King, but instead of meeting his fate, he meets a fearsome bear who needs Jan as much as Jan needs him. An adventure for music and folklore fans of all ages.

“Refreshing innocence… sheer charm” Cusp Magazine
“Witty…beautiful… wonderful…say you saw it first” Tempo House

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Blue Rose Code Presents: This is Caledonian soul @ Queens Hall Venue 72
Aug 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

What is Caledonian Soul? Ross Wilson (aka Blue Rose Code) will attempt to answer this question with the help of a 14-piece band and some well-known musical friends.

Blue Rose Code’s most recent album “The Water Of Leith” won The Skinny magazine Readers’ Album Of The Year poll. Both album and live appearances have garnered rave plaudits from audiences and critics for Wilson’s intelligent, passionate and lyrical mix of folk, jazz and yes… Caledonian Soul.

“Imagine John Martyn meets a young Van Morrison shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records” Time Out

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