Classics by Candlelight (Gala Concert)
Bothwell Parish Church
Sunday, 15 September 2019 • 7.30pm
Event Sponsor: Turnkey
Come and join us for some ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ in the historical Bothwell Parish Church.
The concert was a sell out last year, and this year we fully expect the same success; so ensure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment – it is a concert not to be missed.
Prepare to be serenaded by Scottish Festival Strings with players from some of Scotland’s leading orchestras. Sponsored by Hamilton College
They will be followed by up and coming stars from the local community.
- SOLOIST: Mezzo Soprano Leah Frances McCabe
- YMOTY: Uddingston Grammar School: Saxophonist Sophie Gilbert
Accompanist Peter Shepherd
The concert will be followed by meet the artists with a complimentary glass of wine in Bothwell Parish Church Centre.
SOLOIST: Mezzo Soprano Leah Frances McCabe
Event Sponsor: Turner Accountants
Glasgow – Born Leah McCabe recently began a BMus course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studies with Caitlin Hulcup. Leah is generously supported by the Royal Academy of Music and is a recipient of an entrance scholarship for achievement.
Her love of singing was formed in school choirs before beginning formal training with Mr Mark Donnelly, she has achieved Grade 8 voice and Grade 5 theory with distinction as well as her National Qualifications in Music.
Singing engagements have seen Leah perform at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow, St Marylebone’s Church in London, Duke’s Hall – Royal Academy of Music and as a frequent guest of the Bothwell Philharmonic Choir. On the competition platform, Leah has been a finalist in the 2017 National Young Musician Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Great Britain, having won the Glasgow heat.
In addition to her singing, Leah is an accomplished violinist, having attained Grade 8. As a violinist, Leah has played with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Glasgow School’s Symphony Orchestra.
YMOTY: Uddingston Grammar School: Saxophonist Sophie Gilbert
Sophie has been playing saxophone since the age of 10. She started playing alto saxophone but is now also proficient on tenor, soprano and baritone saxophone.
Sophie has completed Two years of the Juniors Classical Programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and she will be moving into the Juniors Jazz Programme at RCS to study jazz saxophone and jazz voice in September 2019.
Sophie is performing at a grade 8 standard and will be sitting her grade 8 saxophone exam in June 2019. She recently passed her grade 5 theory exam with distinction. Sophie won the Uddingston Grammar School’s Junior Young Musician of the Year competition in 2017 and the school’s Senior Young Musician of the Year competition in 2019.
Sophie plays in a large number of bands and ensembles such as South Lanarkshire Orchestral Society Senior Concert Band, the South Lanarkshire School’s Big Band, where she sings as well as plays first alto saxophone, the Juniors RCS Wind Orchestra and her school concert band and jazz band. Sophie’s love of jazz music has developed through participation in a number of jazz courses and summer schools.
She is currently a member of the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra training ensemble (SYJO2) and the SYJO jazz vocal group and she hopes to join more jazz groups as she progresses through the RCS Juniors Jazz Programme. Sophie plans to study jazz music after leaving school and hopes to pursue a career as a jazz musician.
Organist: Peter Shepard
A former scholar at Worcester Cathedral School and (head) chorister in the cathedral choir, Peter was Organ Scholar at Merton College, Oxford from 2013-16. During this time, he gave a number of radio broadcasts and CD releases. He graduated with Honours in Music from the University of Oxford in 2016.
Peter became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) at the early age of nineteen having previously been awarded the Associateship with prizes. He gained the Licenciateship from Royal School of Music (LRSM) with Distinction in piano.
He has accompanied many vocal and instrumental soloists and choirs both within the UK and abroad.