Scottish Federation of Organists - Dundee Conference

Article Date: 19th April 2018

The annual Conference of the Scottish Federation of Organists will be held in Dundee on the evening of Friday 4th May and all day on Saturday 5th May. Sheriff Kevin Veal (the organist at St Joseph’s, Dundee,) who is the current President of the Scottish Federation, says that this Conference is a wonderful opportunity to hear music of the highest possible standard. 
 
At 7.30 pm on the Friday evening, we are delighted that Gordon Stewart, the internationally renowned concert organist and a native of Dundee, will be sharing with the Alba Brass Consort in a concert of Organ and Brass music in St Mary Magdalene’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Dundee. Tickets priced at £7 will be available for the general public at the door. 
 
The highlight of the whole weekend will be the Celebrity Recital on the famous Harrison & Harrison organ in the Caird Hall at 2.30 pm on the afternoon of Saturday 5th May. The recitalist is Martin Baker, the Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral who is also the current President of the Royal College of Organists. Having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and Downing College, Cambridge, he thereafter held positions at Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedrals in London. At the age of 24, he was appointed to Westminster Abbey, before returning in 2000 to Westminster Cathedral as Master of Music. In addition, he undertakes a busy schedule of concerts, tours, and recordings with the choir, as well as frequently playing solo organ concerts in the United Kingdom and across the globe. This will be a performance of the highest possible calibre and the varied programme will include his improvising on a theme, which he will see for the first time just before he commences to play his improvisation. Tickets for this concert, priced at £7, with concessions of £3 for students, can be purchased in advance from the Caird Hall Box Office and will be available at the door of the Caird Hall on the actual day.