Music in St Vigeans

THE FIRST of the summer series of afternoon concerts in St Vigeans Church during June took place on Sunday when the performers were the Crabb family.

As well as teaching their respective instruments, flautist Heather and trumpeter Euan play in orchestras and bands and help with local choral and musical societies.

Heather’s first item was a Telemann Sonata and eight-year-old Lucy, on the Eb tenor horn, played ‘Swingin’, contrasting with a singable ‘Little Yellow Idol’.

Matthew (10), whose teacher, Blair Cargill, accompanied all the performers, won all his piano classes at Arbroath Musical Festival.

His first choice was Mozart’s Sonata in C.

Euan played ‘My love is like a red, red rose’, originally a piece for brass band but specially arranged by Michael Robertson for trumpet and piano.

Matthew played his Aberdeen Festival recital pieces - Ibert’s ‘Little White Donkey’, a Chopin waltz and Grieg’s ‘Dance of the Elves’.

Lucy’s choice of ‘Tenor Hornpipe’ had won her second place to Matthew’s trombone solo of Handel’s ‘Where e’re you walk’.

Heather’s popular ‘Speak softly, love’ and ‘Moon River’ were followed by Matthew’s Sonatina by Kabalevsky contrasting with a jazzy ‘Steam Train Blues’.

Euan concluded the programme with a masterly playing of the jazz variations on ‘Zelda’.

Margaret Thomson thanked all the performers for their excellent and varied programme with particular admiration for young Matthew and Lucy.

Sunday’s concert will be given by the Ferryport quartet, a string group led by Elisabeth Flett and their programme will range through Neil Gow, Bach, Beethoven, Jenkins and up to date Dr Who. The concert starts at 2.30 p.m. with entrance by donation at the door.