Events


Aurras Duo

Aurras Duo

12th January 2024 at 12 Midday. Falkirk Trinity Church

Aurras Duo are a UK based ensemble who had their debut recital at the Oban Music Society in January 2022. Their aim is to discover lesser-known repertoire for flute and piano, and to highlight works by composers of under- represented groups.
Fiona Sweeney - Flute Fiona received a 1st Class honours Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama then completed her postgraduate training with Distinction in 2022, and was the winner of the Woodwind Prize. Fiona has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, BBC National Orchestra of Wales London Sinfonietta.
Ben Eames - Piano Ben has performed in venues all over the UK, such as the Queens Hall, Edinburgh; Falkirk Town Hall; Albert Halls, Stirling; Stock-bridge Parish Church, Edinburgh; Macrobert Arts Centre; Hadding-ton Parish Church Concert Series; Edinburgh Society of Musicians; The Royal Naval College Chapel, London; St Alfeges Church, London, and King Charles Court, London. He currently accompanies Falkirk Festival Chorus.
Programme: -
Richard Bissill - Panoply
Aileen Sweeney - As the Gloaming Falls
Gabriel Fauré - Fantasie

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Elena Fischer-Dieskau – Piano

Elena Fischer-Dieskau – Piano

2nd February 2024 at 2.00pm. Falkirk Trinity Church

The German-French pianist Elena Fischer-Dieskau is consistently praised by critics and audiences for her intensely captivating stage presence, and provokes great enthusiasm each time she performs.
She was born in Berlin to a musical family. With a French mother, Elena grew up partly in France and attended the Conservatoire de Paris as a child before moving to the Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media. Following this, she studied in the USA at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with the legendary Leon Fleisher, where she completed her Graduate Performance Diploma.
As an undergraduate, Elena played the role of pianist in the French drama film “Tout est pardonné” . She has featured in programmes on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3. She is mentored by Alfred Brendel.
She also taught at St Mary’s Music school in Edinburgh from 2018 to 2022.
Programme: -
Clara Schumann - Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann
Mel Bonis - Women of Legend, Seven Pieces
Robert Schumann - Waldszenen (Forest Scenes)
Robert Schumann Sonata No 2

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Resol String Quartet

Resol String Quartet

23rd February 2024 at 7.30pm. Falkirk Trinity Church

Maria Vila Ariza—violin
Annabel Kidd – violin
Raphael Chinn – viola
Alasdair Morton-Teng - cello
A group of friends connected by their love of chamber music formed the Resol String Quartet in the 2018 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Taking their name from the Catalan word meaning ‘reflection of sunlight’, the members of the quartet come from a great variety of backgrounds but were brought together by their shared vision to make classical music more inclusive and accessible both in the present and for the future.
In May 2021, the quartet were awarded the First Prize, and Audience Prize in the Cavatina Competition at the Wigmore Hall, representing the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In the same year, they made their Perth Concert Hall debut, were named as one of Chamber Music Scotland’s ‘One’s to Watch’ and were accepted to work with Live Music Now Scotland. They also appeared live on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’.
Programme: -
Mozart String Quartet n.19 “Dissonance”
Puccini Crisantemi
Interval
Shostakovich String Quartet n.3

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Laura Margaret Smith (Mezzo soprano)der (Piano) Liivi Arder(Piano)

Laura Margaret Smith (Mezzo soprano) and Liivi Arder (Piano)

15th March 2024 7.30pm. Falkirk Trinity Church

Scottish singer Laura Margaret Smith was described as “a spirited young mezzo with a full, fearless voice. A name to watch“ by Gramophone magazine. Her international career has taken her to the Bayreuth Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Scottish Opera, Melbourne Recital centre, Wigmore Hall, Dunedin Consort and Scottish voices.
Laura went to Braes High School, and won the Young Musician of the Year Award in the Forth Valley Music Festival. She graduated from Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has a busy teaching schedule with NYCOS Falkirk, RSNO Junior Conservatoire.
Pianist Liivi Arder comes from Estonia. She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and then studied accom-paniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has worked as an accompanist at the RCS and the RSNO. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow West End Festival with the ensemble Daniel’s Beard.
Laura and Liivi have been duo partners since they worked together in Lieder Class at the Royal Conservatoire.
They will perform a programme of Lieder and include songs by:
Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Strauss.
Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder.
And a selection of English and Scots songs.

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Lewis Banks Duo – Saxophone and Piano

Lewis Banks Duo – Saxophone and Piano

29th March 2024 7.30pm. Falkirk Trinity Church

Lewis Banks is a Scottish saxophonist praised by The Herald for his 'virtuosity and blinding characterisation'. No stranger to diverse and adventurous concert programming, Lewis is rapidly developing a reputation as an exciting soloist who thrives on traversing genre borders.
Lewis' recent work include his first album, 'Chrysalis' (2021) and the premiering of Electra Perivolaris' soprano saxophone concerto 'Inscriptions in Granite' (2023). Lewis is also a regular guest with ensembles such as The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera.
Previously, Lewis studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he won most performance prizes, was awarded highest attainable recital marks in both his final degree recitals and graduated with The Principal's Prize for Excellence.
Upcoming projects include the release of his next album on Eleven Kinds, the U.K and world premiere performances of saxophone concertos by Courtney Bryan and Jay Capperauld, and the development of a new saxophone summer school at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2024.
Programme:-
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faun - Claude Debussy
Adagio from the Easter Oratorio - Johann Sebastian Bach
So my Tears Flow - Jay Capperauld
Gate - Graham Fitkin
Interval
La Muerte Del Angel - Astor Piazzolla
Hot Sonate - Erwin Schulhoff
Piece en forme de Habanera - Maurice Ravel
L’Arlesienne Fantasy (Intermezzo & Farandole) - Santiago Baez

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