Recitals to inaugurate new church organ

HILLSIDE Church has organised a series of three concerts, beginning next week, to celebrate the installation of a new digital organ.

Towards the end of last year the congregation was faced with the problem of either devoting precious funds to the repair of an existing, aging and expensive organ or replace it with a newer model.

But members decided to ring the changes and last month took delivery of the new instrument, a two-manual Viscount model which features a revolutionary new method of sound synthesis producing sounds of a very high tonal quality. So effective is the system that the sound is almost indistinguishable from that of a real pipe organ.

The inaugural recital will take place next Sunday, August 21, at 7pm, given by former St Andrews University organist William Stevenson FRCO and to demonstrate the variety of styles and tones available on the organ he has chosen a variety of large-scale recital pieces including works by Guilmant, Mendelssohn, Franck, Vierne and Bach.

To help raise funds for the organ tickets, costing £8 including refreshments, can be bought from church members or by contacting the Rev. Linda Broadley on Montrose 830584.

It is hoped that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to hear what promises to be a memorable event in the local musical calendar.

The second event will be held on Saturday, October 1, when a visiting group, Baroque and Blue, take the stage. They will present a programme ranging from light blues and jazz to organ pieces by their accomplished organist.

The final concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 when local organist Arthur Balfour and musicians Aileen Taylor (bassoon) and Bob Thomson (clarinets and saxophones) return to Hillside to deliver another varied programme of classical and light pieces.