• Guitarist Pops Up in Inverurie January 13, 2018 sasha savaloni

    Inverurie Music and the North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society are together staging a “pop-up” concert at the Acorn Centre Inverurie on Sunday 28th January at 3pm.

    Scottish Iranian guitarist Sasha Savaloni will be playing some beautiful music featuring:
    John Dowland – Preludium & Fantasies
    Toru Takemitsu – Folios
    Enrique Granados – Danza Española No 5,
    Isaac Albeniz – Asturias
    Franz Schubert – 3 Lieder Transcriptions.

    A rising star of the classical guitar world Sasha has won many awards and was last heard in town last year when as a recipient of the coveted Enterprise Music Scotland Residency award, he and soprano Alison McNeill teamed up for for a delightful Inverurie Music concert.

    His virtuosic playing is warm, mellifluous and engaging with a mature emotional core and is just unmissable. This concert is a welcome late addition to Inverurie Music’s published program. It will last for under one hour at the Acorn Centre after which refreshments will be available.

    For a mere £5.00 (accompanied children free) this represents a great opportunity for a memorable musical Sunday afternoon. The event is also very suitable for children – get them away from a screen for an hour! Tickets at the door.

    The next Inverurie Music concert is on February 17th and features AB24 Aberdeen Baroque Ensemble.

  • Season 2017-18 Concerts unveiled! May 2, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the concerts which will comprise the Inverurie Music 2017-18 Season!  More info and details will be announced shortly but in the meantime here’s the full list!

    Season 2017-18

    All concerts are at 8pm

    Sat 7th October 2017 at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Inverurie  –
    Alison McNeill and Sasha Savaloni (Voice and Guitar)

    Tues 7th November 2017 at the Town Hall, Inverurie –
    Rossanno Sportiello (Jazz Pianist)

    Sat 17th Feb 2018 at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Inverurie –
    AB24 Aberdeen Baroque (Early Music Ensemble)

    Sat 17th March 2018 at Kemnay Church Centre –
    Primrose Piano Quartet 

    Sat 21st April 2018 at the Acorn Centre, Inverurie –
    Sinopia String Quartet


    For further information, please contact Sylvia Munro tel: 01467 681693 or

    John Hearne tel: 01651 882274

  • Duo Diez Change of Date! February 14, 2017

    Please note, the date has changed for the Duo Diez recital in April – it will now be on Sat 29th April 2017 8pm at the Acorn Centre

  • Inverurie Music Season 2016-17 July 5, 2016 2016-17 music inverurie

    We can reveal our exciting list of concerts for the coming season 2016-17!


    Sat 29th Oct 2016 – Kapten Trio (strings), Kemnay Church Centre

    Sat 19th Nov 2016 – Pistons and Pipes (trumpet and organ), St Anne’s Episcopal Church, Kemnay

    Sat 11th Feb 2017 – Bardic Trio (voice, harp, guitar), St Mary's Episcopal Church, Inverurie

    Sat 18th March 2017 – Attard Zerafa Duo (saxophone and piano), Kemnay Church Centre

    Sat 29th April 2017* – Duo Diez (violin and guitar), Acorn Centre, Inverurie



    All concerts are at 8 pm. Doors open 7.30 pm.

    Please come back to the website for more details closer to each event, we look forward to welcoming you there!


    *please note this has changed from 8th April.

  • Review: Kemnay Welcomes Solo Pianist March 5, 2016

    At Kemnay Church Centre on Saturday, Christopher Baxter performed a varied and well-devised programme of music on Saturday at the Church Centre. This was his second visit to Kemnay, having previously performed with Tom Poulsen (trumpet) as the Brass Diversions Duo two and a half years ago. The programme featured a series of six pieces by local composer John Hearne and, as a request, the audience was invited to make up titles for them.

    Christopher opened with a piece by John Adams (b. 1947), a pioneer of “minimalist” music. This style might be more familiar to us today in film music like the riveting synthesizer score in the ‘Terminator.’ It has a great deal of repetition, which might suggest the cyber world of machines. However, Adams’s piece could be interpreted in a number of ways. Christopher’s evenness of touch and delicate shifts of variation were reminiscent of a landscape or skyscape. After a while, the music became almost hypnotic, requiring great skill and concentration from the performer.

    As Christopher pointed out, Beethoven was not only a great innovator with music, but also with the piano itself, stretching the limits of the instrument to the absolute. In the “Waldstein” Sonata, the hands are far apart, dealing out the themes like the separate sections of an orchestra. It would be easy for the excitement of this piece to take over, but it was controlled with masterful clarity. An effective contrast to this was the lyrical ‘Sonetto 123 del Petarca’ by Liszt.

    After the interval, the first performance of all six pieces of the Pictograms took place, first composed in 2007. In an unusual extension of audience participation, the listeners were asked to think about what each ‘pictogram’ might be. This was not as difficult as it might seem, for many seemed to be transfused with the landscape. These were shaped with tenderness and in its wilder moments, vivid displays of virtuosity.

    In a set of pieces that he clearly loved to play, Christopher concluded the recital with Brahms’s Klavierstück Op119, which was the last set of six pieces that Brahms composed for solo piano. Brahms music was both complex in structure and lyrically melodic, qualities that were communicated with the highest degree of skill and musical understanding.

    Christopher Baxter comes from Aberdeen. He graduated from the RAMD Glasgow with a B.Mus (1st Class Honours) and a M.Mus (Distinction). He has recently taken up a post as piano teacher and accompanist at Kilgraston School in Perthshire, and is a pianist on the Live Music Now scheme. He is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.


    Inverurie Music is a registered charity (SCO44816). The next concert will be with Atheneum Winds (a Wind Quintet) on 19th March in the Acorn Centre in Inverurie at 8pm. Further details are available here


  • Review: Ivan Ilić and Sound Festival Spectacular at Kemnay November 1, 2015 ivan ilic

    On Saturday 25th October, the knowledgeable and virtuoso pianist, Ivan Ilić, gave his fourth recital with Inverurie Music at Kemnay Church Centre. The recital was part of the Sound Festival, which promotes and performs contemporary music. Ivan is a good ambassador for the “new music” scene, collaborating with other art forms, such as film and visual arts. He also he writes for the websites of ‘The Gramophone’ and ‘Music and Literature.’

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  • Minutes: Inverurie Music 2015 AGM November 1, 2015 inverurie music

    Held Saturday 25th October 2015 at 7pm, Kemnay Church Centre

    Present: John Hearne, Alistair Massey, Ann Millar, Sylvia Munro, Mike Radcliffe, Nora Radcliffe, Denys Wheatley.

    Apologies: None


    Minutes of Last Meeting:

    • Taken as read.


    Matters Arising:

    • Charitable status allows access to more funding. The Board consists of three Trustees – John, Alistair and Sylvia.


    Chairman’s Report:

    • John gave an account of the 2014-15 Season which consisted of five highly enjoyable recitals given by Duo con Certo, The Fell Clarinet Quartet, Lana Trotovsek and Yoko Misumi, Total Brass and Duo Diez. The Fell Clarinet Quartet gave music workshops at Alford Academy and Inverurie Academy.


    Treasurer’s Report:

    • Alistair issued copies of the Statement of Accounts for the 2014-15 Season. Alistair reported that the season had been more successful than the previous one, both in terms of cutting down expenses and attracting sponsorship and funding.
    • Nora suggested redesigning the Season’s leaflet so that the subscriptions form was an insert, thus avoiding the loss of information and making it easier for people to fill the form out.



    • Denys proposed that John, Alistair and Sylvia continue in their present roles as Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, if they agree to do so. Mike seconded the proposal. The motion was carried.


    Close of Meeting:

    • John thanked Alistair and Sylvia for their efforts.
    • Sylvia thanked Denys for his support in the creation and maintenance of the new IM website that he sponsors through BioMedES.
    • Nora thanked the trustees for their work in continuing to organise Inverurie Music.


  • Season 2015-16 August 31, 2015 Inverurie Music season 2015-16


    by some of today’s finest classical musicians

    Saturday 24th October 2015 – Kemnay Church Centre
    Church Lane, off Kendal Road, Kemnay AB51 5QD

    Ivan Ilić

    A welcome return by the popular solo pianist

    Bach – Preludes and Fugues : Scriabin – Selected Preludes : Guirlandes

    Beethoven – Rondo in C : Prelude in F minor : Variations in F major

    Anton Reicha (1795-1803) – Six Fugues

    Scott Wollschleger – Music without Metaphor : Brontal No.6 (UK Premières)

    and other contemporary pieces

    [Part of ‘Sound’ Festival 2015]

    Saturday 14th November 2015
    Acorn Centre West Parish Church, Inverurie. AB51 3SA


    Nielsen – String Quartet

    Schubert – String Quartet No.15 in G, D.887

    Gareth Williams – new commission for Maxwell Quartet

    and another contemporary piece (tba)

    [Part of ‘Sound’ Festival 2015]

    Saturday 27th February 2016
    Kemnay Church Centre



    Beethoven – Sonata No.7, Op.30: Hearne – Endurspegla (Reflection)

    Debussy – Sonata: Bizet-Waxman – Carmen Fantasy

    Saturday 19th March 2016
    Acorn Centre West Parish Church, Inverurie. AB51 3SA



    Poulenc – Novelette

    Hindemith – Kleine Kammermusik Op24 No.2

    Taffanel – Wind Quintet in G minor

    Debussy – Suite No.1 : Mozart – Serenade in E flat

    Hallam – Dance Suite

    Saturday 23th April 2016
    St. Mary’s Church, Inverurie AB51 3NW

    Dick Lee’s Swingtet

    with Alison Affleck (vocalist)

    A colourful programme of jazz classics

    All concerts are at 8pm

  • Review: From Spain to Latin America May 9, 2015 duo diez photo

    Duo Diez, Violeta Barreña (violin) and Dimitris Dekavallas (guitar), gave an exciting and varied concert for IM at the Chapel of Garioch Church on Saturday. They call themselves after two Spanish words- duo for two and diez for ten (strings) and have recently launched their debut album, ‘From Granada to Buenos Aires’. Their music encompasses the street and dance music of Spain and Latin America. The concert also included more lyrical pieces, including the plaintive ‘A Lovers Plea’ by local composer John Hearne (arr. Violeta Barreña), which co-incidentally was first performed at Chapel of Garioch in 2002.

    The audience were ushered into the mood of the concert with a joyful selection of arrangements of music by Ferdinand Garcia Lorco (1898-1936), ‘Cantiones Españolas Antiguas’. Although he is remembered today mostly as a poet and playwright, Lorca was persuaded by his friends to also compose some music.

    The tango that originated in Argentina (supposedly from African slaves) developed in the barrios of Buenos Aires as a hybrid of European and folk styles. It became a dance craze that invaded the ballrooms of the world about a century ago. Astor Piazzola  (1921-1992) was at the vanguard of the genre, introducing elements of jazz and classical music into his compositions. Duo Diez played three of his compositions, including the popular ‘Libertango’. Duo Diez made much with their slender resources, with Dimitris’s guitar providing the gentle tango rhythm on the body of the guitar as well as the subtle counter-melodies.

    The performance was pushed up a gear with Spanish dances; one by the virtuoso violinist, Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908), Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) and an anonymous composer. The “tap dance” was delivered at a break-neck (break-heel?) speed with Dimitris anchoring the tempo, while Violetta whistled into the top register. The register of the audience’s applause also increased in volume accordingly.

    We were transported back across the Atlantic to Brazil to indulge in the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of the most prolific composers of all time. This showed the duo in a more expressive and arresting mood with ‘Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 and ‘Distribucion des Flores.’ The duo rounded off the programme with their composition “From Spain”, and as an encore played a Flamenco piece,‘Pico Dico.’ Once again Duo Diez gave a display of amazing virtuosity, musicality and energy, gratefully acknowledged by the audience.

    This is the last concert of the 2014-2015 season for Inverurie Music. The first concert of next season will not not billed until October, but we hope to inform you about it in early September. Keep an eye on the website for details: www.inveruriemusic.co.uk.

    — Alistair Massey

  • Contact with General Public and Members February 3, 2015 Inverurie Music Member

    Are you a member of IM? You can become one by contacting one of the officials and/or attending our concerts. If you are interest in having information from us other than what is on the website, we need your email address; this includes members who have not already sent their addresses to us. Please send them to 3232dnwd@gmail.com or one of the committee members.