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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.

Fairburn singers choose Nigel’s song for Highland cruise

Yorkshire’s Fairburn Singers will take to the seas on the Black Watch cruise liner in July for their second annual cruise. They will perform twice for passengers and one of their songs will be “How Can You Tell” from Nigel’s Burns the Musical.

“It’s a new arrangement,” says Nigel, “and I am genuinely delighted that they are taking one of my songs on the high seas, perhaps following in the footsteps of Burns himself on his Highland tour.”

The Fairburn Singers (pictured) have been performing for 25 years, are led by professional musicians and sing an eclectic mix of secular and sacred music. Anyone who wants to go on the cruise can find details at http://fairburnsingers.co.uk/cruise-news/