Classic Music Live!


Ben Eames

Ben Eames and Annual General Meeting

24th August 2018 at 7.30 pm at The Studio, Falkirk Town Hall

Ben Eames: Pianist

Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in d minor
Chopin: etude no. 10 no. 3 in e major
Prokofiev: third sonata in a minor

Ben Eames is a pianist who currently performs both as a soloist and with chamber ensembles throughout Scotland. Recently Ben has performed with the Muczynski Trio (of which he co-founded) at the opening of Classic Music Live! (Falkirk). Ben has performed in a variety of venues in the Edinburgh and Central Region Areas in Scotland including The Queens Hall, Edinburgh; Albert Halls, Stirling; Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Society of Musicians.

Quattro Macjazz

Quattro Macjazz – Play an evening of Hot Jazz and Gospel

14th September 2018 at 7.30 pm The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall

Forrie Cairns: Clarinet
Alastair McDonald: Vocals and Banjo
Lennie Herd: Trumpet
Roy Percy: Double Bass

Quattro Macjazz made their spectacular debut at Ayr Jazz Club in 2007.

These four talented musicians have assembledin the form of Quattro Macjazz to provide some of the hottest New Orleans & Gospel music around at the moment and are sure to set places alight with their endless enthusiasm.

Concert sponsored by
Scotts, Funeral Directors, Falkirk


Jean Sélim Abdelmoula
Piano Recital

12th October 2018 at 7.30 The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall.

Debussy: La Terasse des audiences du clair de lune
Debussy: Poissons d’or
Debussy: Les collines d’Anacapri
Debussy: Les sons et les parfums tourent dans l’air du soir
Brahms: Klavierstucke, Op 119
Janavek: In the mists
Cesar Franck: Prelude, Choral and Fugue

Born in Switzerland in 1991, Jean-Sélim studied with Christian Favre at the Lausanne Conservatoire, and with Ronan O’Hora and Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Wigmore hall, the Palau de la Musica (Barcelona) and many other venues. In 2016 he made his debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Clyde Duo

Clyde Duo - Flute and Harp

26th October 2018 at 12 noon at the The Faw Kirk (Falkirk Trinity Church)

Yvonne Robertson: Flute
Sharron Griffiths: Harp

Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor
Jongen: Danse Lenore
Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

The Clyde Duo consists of Flautist Yvonne Robertson and Harpist Sharron Griffiths. Formed in 2010 after they met on the Scottish orchestral circuit, they now perform regularly as a duo across the UK. Yvonne and Sharron are both in high demand for recitals, recordings and orchestral work in Scotland.

They are often to be found performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Northern Symphonia.

Pure Brass Quintet

Pure Brass Quintet

9th November 2018 at 7.30 pm at The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall

Pure Brass Quintet

Music by Giles Farnby, Chris Gaugh, James McMillan, J S Bach, Barber, Maxwell Geddes, Mascagni and more.

The players are well known experienced orchestral players based In Scotland.

Trio Isimsiz

Trio Isimsiz

18th January 2019 at 7.30 pm at The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall

Hernán Benedí: Violin
Michael Petrov: Cello
Erdem Misirliogu: Piano

Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K254
Faure: Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120
Brahms: Piano Trio no. 1in B, Op.8

Formed in2009 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in 2015 the Trio Isimsiz won 1st prize and the Audience Prize at the Trondhiem Competition and in 2017 2nd Prize at the Haydn International Competition in Vienna. They were selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.

All three members of the Trio Isimsiz Piano enjoy great success individually. Erdem Misirlioglu was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008. Pablo Hernán Benedí is a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed by Alina Ibragimova, and Michael Petrov represented the UK in the European Concert Halls Organisation Rising Star series.

Jess Gillam and Zeynep Özsuca

Jess Gillam and Zeynep Özsuca

8th February 2019 at 7.30pm at The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall

Jess Gillam: Saxaphone
Zeynep Özsuca: Piano

Pedro Itturalde, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Weideoft, Michael Nyman, Darius Milhaud, Allessandro Marcello, John Williams, Bartok, John Harle

Jess Gillam
In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reaches the Grand Final at London’s Barbican hall and performed Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread acclaim.

Zeynep Özscua
The Turkish pianist Zeynep Özsuca has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Born in Ankara in 1984, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe. Zepnep has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers Magdalena Kožená, Rolando Villazón, Gerald Finley to name but a few.

Concert sponsored by
Scotts, Funeral Directors, Falkirk

A Miscellany of Songs

A Miscellany of Songs

22nd February 2019 at 12 noon at The Faw Kirk (Falkirk Trinity Church)

Chryl Forbes: Mezzo Soprano
Gordon Cree: Piano

Cheryl Forbes was born in Laurieston, Falkirk and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. Later she continued her studies with Patricia MacMahon at the RSAMD where she obtained scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust and The Sons of the Rock. Subsequently she was awarded funding from the Scottish Arts Council which allowed her to travel to New York to study with the operatic legend, Marilyn Horne and Federic Carama, coach of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Gordon Cree was born in Ayrshire and as well as being Cheryl’s regular accompanist he is also Cheryl’s husband. Gordon is a multitalented and highly skilled musician at home on the organ console, the piano, the orchestral podium and arranging a wide variety of music for RSNO, BBDSSO and a myriad of singers and instrumental ensembles. A few of the accompaniments in this Miscellany of Songs are Gordon’s own work.

Grier Uttley Duo

Grier Uttley Duo

8th March 2019 at 7.30 pm The Theatre, Falkirk Town Hall

Savtri Grier: Violin
Richard Uttely: Piano

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No1 in D. op.12
Enescu: Impressions of Childhood, op. 28
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A, op.47, “Kreutzer”

Savitri Grier Over the last year Savitri has made her debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Wigmore Hall, and appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber and Welsh National Opera Orchestras. Born in 1992 Savitri read music at Christ Church, Oxford and in 2017 completed her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall school of Music & Drama. She was selected by YCAT in 2015.

Richard Uttley Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard Uttley won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and represented by YCAT 2011 – 2017. He has been recognised for his ”musical “ intelligence and pristine facility” (International Record Review “amazing decisiveness”.

This concert is supported financially by
the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians

Lewis Blackwood

Lewis Blackwood and Annual General Meeting

23rd August 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Studio, Falkirk Town Hall

Lewis Blackwood: Percussion

Lewis is only 15 years old but is already performing and teaching. Currently he is studying percussion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on a Saturday, attends Larbert High School and plays with the National Youth Orchestra, RCS symphony orchestra RCS Jazz Collective and RCS Percussion Ensemble. Lewis enjoys all things percussion but particularly loves the marimba. Last year Lewis came 2nd in the Young International Tuned Percussion Competition in London and next year he would like to enter the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

The Merry Widow by Lehar with Opera Bohemia

The Merry Widow by Lehar with Opera Bohemia

13th September 2019 at 7.30 pm in Falkirk Town Hall

The Merry Widow by Lehar with Opera Bohemia

Scotland’s Opera Bohemia returns to Falkirk with the world’s best loved operetta, featuring show stopping numbers like ‘Viljah', 'The Merry Widow Waltz' and ‘Chez Maxim's'. Set in the romantic city of Paris, various suitors squabble to win the hand of the recently widowed, but very wealthy Hannah Glawari. A stellar professional cast includes Catriona Clark, Douglas Nairne, Marie Claire Breen and Andrew McTaggart. John Wilkie directs, Alisa Kalyanova designs and the performance is accompanied by Andrew Brown (piano) and Dániel Mészöly (violin).