After a two year break forced on us by the covid pandemic, the organ recitals at Kelvingrove have recommenced- the only free, daily organ recital series in the world. I am looking forward to getting back on the bench to play a varied programme of well-known classics, Scottish tunes and some jolly toe-tappers!
It has been an extraordinary few months for all of us and while many parts of life have moved online, my musical life as moved offline for a while as other things have taken priority. I am sure, however, that as life returns to normality, I will once again have the chance to continue my own study and practice as well as sharing what I learn with anyone who stumbles across this blog.
There have been a number of developments in my professional life. I have completed and Additional Teacher Qualification on Religious Education at the University of Glasgow and achieved full registration with the GTCS as an RE specialist in addition to registration as a music teacher. I have also been appointed Principal Teacher of Religious Education at Turnbull High School after 18 months acting in the job. This brings a new emphasis to my teaching career which I am very excited about but I have no intention at all of hanging up my organ shoes and baton! I will be continuing my work as a liturgical musician with Schola Una Voce and the Schola of Immaculate Heart Parish, Glasgow and will continue to be one of the organists of Kelivngrove Art Gallery.
In the meantime, the Pearce family are preparing for the arrival of our second child in the next few weeks and so the divine craftsman of life’s rich tapestry continues to weave new and vibrant patterns before my eyes.
I’ll end with something fun from one of my recitals at Kelvingrove!
The Kelvingrove Organ is a remarkable instrument with a fascinating history. Please help to preserve it for future generations so the Kelvingrove Art Gallery can continue to bring wonderful music to the public everyday of the year, free of charge.
Despite the disappointing lack of snow here in Scotland, here is a German snow waltz!
Happy feast of St Stephen!
As the Christmas season has only just begun, here is a little festive number from a recent recital.
In Dulce Jubilo, J.S.Bach BWV 751 on the Lewis organ of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Enjoy!
On the 14th of December I’ll be back at Kelvingrove again. If you need a rest from your preparations for Christmas, it would be nice to see you!
I am very fortunate to be among the group of organists who play the daily organ recitals at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The only free, daily recital series in the world, there is a free promenade concert Monday-Saturday at 1pm and every Sunday at 3pm.
Here is a recording of a recent concert finale. Enjoy!