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Full house for String Septet

Every seat was taken in the the Ustinov Room at Dundee University’s Bonar Hall for the first performance of Nigel Don’s String Septet.

Dundee Chamber Ensemble coped admirably with some last minute refinements to the music, and the audience showed its appreciation of the music and the performance.

Ensemble leader Stephen Spackman led the ensemble expertly and Nigel thanked him for his help and guidance in preparing the piece for performance. Nigel is pictured after the performance.

Trevelyan Suite in Ayr Town Hall

Pictured is John Wilson conducting the Ayr Symphony Orchestra playing Nigel’s Trevelyan Suite on 4 December 2017. John and Nigel met at the Edinburgh Festival a year or two ago. Conductors need composers and composers need orchestras, so they agreed to collaborate and this performance was the result. (Pic - thanks to Renee Martin-Nagle)

Pictured left are John Wilson and Nigel Don.

John took up the baton with the Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra for the 1992/93 season.

He studied French Horn and pianoforte at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he worked under a number of eminent conductors. His early orchestral experience was further enhanced while as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Nigel’s “Let Us Sing” performed in Edinburgh

The choir of the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church performed Let us Sing on Sunday February 11th. The piece is a setting of Psalm 95 and an updated version of the score is on our Choir Music and Church Music pages. Pictured are Nigel Don and the choir’s musical director, George Wilson.

Nigel said, “The piece was very well received by both the choristers and the congregation, suggesting that there may be further opportunities in the future.”

On Wancombe Hill … new music for the Fringe from Nigel Don

Nigel has written a piece for oboe, horn and piano which is to be played at the Edinburgh Fringe on Friday August 10th by the Roseberry Trio, a group which happens to include two of his former pupils.

The trio is entitled On Wancombe Hill, a place which really does exist in Dorset, and it reflects a walk Nigel enjoyed with his wife, Wendy, and family and friends round the hill last September.

One notable feature of the route is that it gives a view of the Cerne Abbas giant - a large chalk carving of a huge man in the hillside.

The new piece, paradoxically, reflects the ever-changing views in a place where folk have come and gone for millennia without much visible change in the scenery.

Kirsty Howe (horn), Alasdair Hill (oboe) and Janice Gibson (piano)

Good Friday performance in Edinburgh

Nigel’s reflection on the crucifixion as described by Luke was performed in Chalmers Church, Edinburgh. The piece was written for Good Friday, and Nigel has made the vocal score available on the Choir Music page.