Classic Music Live!


Ela Was and Peter Alexander

Recital and Annual General Meeting

26th August 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Studio, Falkirk Town Hall

Ela Was: Cellist
Peter Alexander: Piano

Tchaikovsky: Nocturne
Beethoven: Sonata no. 2, 3rd movement
Faure: Elegie
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, 2nd &3rd movement
Popper: Tarantelle

Ela Was now lives and studies in Manchester where she is going into her fourth year at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with the world-renowned cellist Eduardo Vassallo, principal cellist of CBSO.

Peter Alexander is a very accomplished known soloist and pianist who is in much demand throughout Central Scotland. As soloist and accompanist Peter has performed in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, recorded for Decca Records and has travelled all over the world. Peter now divides his time between performing and teaching and he teaches at the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.



9th September 2016 at 7.30 pm Falkirk Town Hall

Annabel Knight: Recorders / Flute
Louise Bradbury: Recorders
Oliver Webber: Baroque Violin
Reiko Ichise: Viola da Gamba
Robin Bigwood: Harpsichord
Taro Takeuchi Theorbo: Baroque Guitar
Tobie Miller: Hurdy-gurdy

The Vivaldi Deception

N Chedeville (1705 – 1782) attrib A Vivaldi: L’Automne
JS Bach, after A Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto no 4 in G minor BWV
N Chedeville (1705 – 1782) attrib A Vivaldi : Sonata in G minor from Il Pastor Fido
JS Bach, after A Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in A minor BWV
N Chedeville (1705–1782) attrib A Vivaldi: Printemps
N Chedeville (1705 – 1782) attrib A Vivaldi: Sonata in G major from Il Pastor Fido
A Vivaldi (1678 – 1741): Sonata RV63 (op1 mo 12) Folia arr Passacaglia

For many years the baroque ensemble Passacaglia has been acclaimed for its engaging and charismatic performances of seventeenth and eighteenth century chamber music, featuring the unique sound of recorders, flutes, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord.

Laura Sergeant, Cello. Ian Watt, Guitar

Laura Sergeant and Ian Watt

30th September 2016 at 12.00 noon Faw Kirk

Laura Sergeant: Cello
Ian Watt: Guitar

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Christopher Simpson: Divisions upon a ground in E minor
Hector Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Radames Gnattali: Sonata for cello and guitar
William H. Squire: Tarantella

Laura Sergeant is a freelance cellist and active chamber musician. Originally from Larbert she regularly freelances with the RSNO, BBC SSO, Scottish Opera, and the Hallé Orchestra.

Ian Watt, from Aberdeenshire, is a lecturer in guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he regularly gives masterclasses internationally, most recently in China, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Sean Shibe

Sean Shibe

14th October 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Falkirk Town Hall

SeanShibe: Guitar

Dowland: Fantasia 1A
Dowland: Forlorn Hope Fancy
Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for guitar, Op.107 (written for Julian Bream 1971)
Walton: 5 Bagatelles for guitar (1971)
Britten: Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op.70

“From the very first note he plays, Sean Shibe immediately draws in the attention of the audience… Sean Shibe created a magical atmosphere; he seems to intimately understand the meaning behind every note which he plays”
Classical Guitar Magazine Wigmore Hall / February 2014

Born in Edinburgh in 1992, Sean studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently with Paolo Pegoraro. In 2012 he became the first guitarist selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

Ghiro Clarinet Trio

Ghiro Clarinet Trio

18th November 2016 at 7.30 pm Falkirk Town Hall

Yann Ghiro: Clarinet
Naomi Boole-Masterson: Cello
Aaron Shorr: Piano

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in Bb Op. 11
Brahms: Clarinet sonata in E flat , Op. 120 No.2
John Mayer: “Prabhanda” (cello/piano)
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor Op. 114

An international trio of distinguished soloists, all with close associations with the current Scottish classical music scene and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Quattro Macjazz

Smith / Kellock Duo

20th January 2017 at 7.30 pm Falkirk Town Hall

Tommy Smith: Sax
Brian Kellock: Piano

Michel Legrand: The Summer Knows
Glenn Miller: Moonlight Serenade
Chick Corea: Spain
Duke Ellington: Warm Valley
Jimmy McHugh: I’m in the Mood for Love
Jimmy Rowles: The Peacocks
Burt Bacharach: Alfie
Vernon Duke: Taking a Chance on Love

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock are two of Scotland’s greatest jazz musicians with outstanding individual pedigrees and international reputations.

Sponsors: Scotts Funeral Directors, Falkirk.

Cheryl Forbes and Gordon Cree

Cheryl Forbes and Gordon Cree

10th February 2017 at 12 noon The Faw Kirk

Cheryl Forbes: Soprano
Gordon Cree: Piano

Programme features songs by Bridge, German, Strauss, Elgar and Richard Rogers.

Cheryl Forbes was born in Laurieston, Falkirk and at seventeen was, uniquely, accepted to all five of the UK’s top music conservatoires on scholarships, ultimately choosing to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.

A most versatile entertainer, Gordon Cree has performed in theatres and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad, as a cabaret artiste on board the world’s leading luxury cruise liners and as a featured artiste in theatre shows throughout the country.

Piatti Quartet

Piatti Quartet

24th February 2017 at 7.30 pm Falkirk Town Hall

Nathaniel Anderson Frank: Violin
Michael Trainor: Violin
David Wigram: Viola
Jessie Ann Richardson: Cello

Haydn: Quartet op.20 no.2 in c major
Joseph Phibbs: Quartet no.1 ( Piatti commission)
Beethoven: Quartet in Bb No 13 op.130 with Grosse Fuge op.133

Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet is amongst the UK’s foremost young ensembles with a host of awards and critically-acclaimed recordings to its name. They have performed in all the major venues around the country, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet has also appeared in concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) radio and France Musique (France).

Sponsors: Insurance Advisory Services, Larbert and Scotts Funeral Directors, Falkirk

Daniel Lebhardt

Daniel Lebhardt

24th March 2017 at 7.30 pm Falkirk Town Hall

DanielLebhardt: Piano

Concert highlights include recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and the Béla Bartók Memorial House in Budapest. He has also given recitals in Austria, Japan and the USA. As a chamber musician, Daniel took part in the BBC Proms Composer Portrait of Olga Neuwirth broadcast by Radio 3 in 2012.

Beethoven: Sonata in C Op.53 'Waldstein'
Brahms: Six Pieces, Op.118
Bartok: "Out of Doors", Sz. 81

“Daniel Lebhardt Shows Daring Command in New York Debut” New York Times, 2015

Born in Hungary, Daniel studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with István Gulyás and Gyöngyi Keveházi and, since 2010 at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Christopher Elton, and currently Pascal Nemirovski. He has participated in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel, Leslie Howard, Ferenc Rados, Natalia Trull, Maxim Vengerov and Mikhail Voskresensky.