Music in St Vigeans

The summer series of afternoon concerts at St Vigeans Church continued on Sunday.

Baritone Ken Murray opened the programme and chose to set poems by Robert Louis Stevenson to Vaughan Williams’ ‘Songs of Travel’.

He started with ‘The Vagabond’ and ‘Let Beauty Awake’ which he sang confidently and in keeping with the different moods of the poems and the rippling arpeggios were sensitively played by accompanist Graeme Stevenson.

Violinist Veronica Whiteside, accompanied by Joan Blue, had plenty of contrast in her programme, from toe-tapping Scots reels, the plaintive ‘Ashokan Farewell’, lively dance tunes and folk songs.

Baritone John Howie also entertained the audience with a wide range of songs from Handel’s ‘Where E’er You Walk’ and Schubert’s ‘Lieder’ to Peter Warlock and Frederick Keel.

At the close the performers were thanked by Mr William Laurie.

In a change to the previously advertised schedule, the concert on Sunday (June 23) at 2.30 p.m. in St Vigeans Church will feature sopranos Mairi Findlay, Eleanor Smith and Alison McDonald performing.