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Music for you to play and sing … from Nigel Don

New lease of life for the Cello Quartet … and get the music free!

First played in Aberdeenshire’s Castle Fraser, the Cello Quartet which Nigel composed in 1992 is now available for download. Written for the Cello Consort, it was subsequently recorded by Cello Spice – the recording is still available from Divine Art [http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/25002info.htm].

Reviews were favourable … “a romantic and occasionally witty work” said ‘Moore’ and Martin Anderson described it as “discreet, though with a hint of warm humour.”

Nigel has made the score and the individual parts available online for download and printing. But there’s a bonus.

“I also have some printed copies”, says Nigel, “and I will send these free of charge to anyone who will wants to play them – just email me” (address below) …

Nigel’s music in an “eclectic mix” at Tonic Solway’s Spring Concert

The 'a cappella' vocal octet Tonic Solway performed an eclectic mix of short pieces encompassing sacred and secular, madrigal and folk, classical and jazz, traditional and modern idioms. Entry will be free; however donations will be sought from the audience to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Tonic Solway, formed in 2011, has performed a number of concerts for charitable causes and sung several Choral Evensongs at St. Mary's and Greyfriars, Kirkcudbright. The octet consists of Alice Howdle and Vanessa Martin (Sopranos), Susan Smyth and Pauline Roe (Altos), David Potter and Donald Henry (Tenors) and David Howdle and Andy McKean (Basses).

The “eclectic mix” includes Nigel’s settings of the Polar Bear, the Lion and the Tiger by Hilaire Belloc, and the Giraffe by John Jay Bell.

The concert was on 9 June in St Ninian's Church, Newton Stewart. You can contact Tonic Solway via “encore” at https://joinencore.com/Tonic-Solway

Ombersley at Leith St Andrews Church

Edinburgh’s Capital Concert Band performed Nigel’s arrangement of the hymn tune “Ombersley” at a Songs of Praise style event on Sunday June 4th at Leith St Andrews Church. Ombersley is sometimes used for “Lord of All Being, throned afar”.

The arrangement is for wind band. Nigel says, “A wind band is effectively a military band in instrumental composition though there are lots of thoroughly civilian ones. I play in the Capital Concert Band myself, and I plan to produce more items for this combination of instruments over the next year or two.

“Further ahead there’s a vocal concert in Newton Stewart in a couple of weeks (see below) and I’m expecting my string septet to be played in Dundee Chaplaincy Centre at a Friday lunchtime concert in September.”