Bothwell Parish Church
Event sponsored by Turnkey
The Church is now fully open after the extensive restoration work. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience great music in this wonderful ancient building.
This Grand Finale Concert will be the closing concert of this year’s Bothwell Scarecrow Festival.
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.
They will be followed by an exciting and varied group of local young musicians, all on the cusp of their professional careers:
- Solo violinist Duncan Thomson
- Soprano Anna Heywood
- Tenor Mathew Todd
- Pianist Drew Crichton
- Heather Smyth violinist and Young Musician of the Year at Uddingston Grammar school
Accompanist Christopher Baxter
Anna is a Scottish Soprano studying under the tutelage of Pat McMahon.
Anna was the youngest and only Scottish student to gain a scholarship for the prestigious Glyndebourne Academy, allowing her to study with world renowned vocal coach Mary King.
Training with British Youth Opera (the country’s foremost opera training company), the Italian Opera Summer School, North Wales Opera Studio, and Scottish Opera, Anna has worked with coaches affiliated with U.K. major opera companies.
Anna made her international debut in Paris last summer as “Cherubino” from “Le Nozze di Figaro” which toured London in December.
Anna has made an appearance on STV’s Live at 5 and performed on radio programmes in Scotland.
Matthew completed an HND in music at Edinburgh College where he was awarded Best Advanced Music Student. In 2008, he was accepted to the Vocal Studies course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he gained experience of a wide range of repertoire, before graduating with honours in 2012.
His opera roles include The Sorcerer (from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell), the Young Grenadier in the Conservatoire’s acclaimed production of War and Peace by Prokofiev and Brother Elixer from Betrothal in a Monastery by the same composer. He sang the role of Gerontius in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius for Arts in Autumn 2012 and has also premiered many modern composition including The Hound of Heaven (Dr A Ewing, 2010) and Tidemarks (S Parry-John, 2012). He continues to perform regularly as a soloist in a variety of genres.
Matthew spent some years as choral scholar of the historic Paisley Abbey choir which consolidated his enduring love of Choral Music. Being a keen song-writer and composer, Matthew had always wanted to combine his love of words with his passion for Choral Music and, in January 2013, he had the honour of having his Choral Drama ‘Such is the Kingdom’ performed in Glasgow Cathedral as part of a major collaborative project.
Alongside his classical training, Matthew has a passion for telling stories through music and is well known for his ballads and Scots songs which he accompanies with Kentigern harp. Like the bards and troubadours of old, he relishes the opportunity to bring his music and stories to any who are willing to listen. He has performed for the homeless, for Romanian orphans, in care homes, in prisons, and for adults with additional needs, as well as for paying audiences all over Scotland and beyond.
More recently, Matthew has been working alongside his brothers and cousins in the Scottish film industry. He was Music Editor for Fellowship Film’s first feature ‘The Gaelic King’, a historical, fantasy film which has sold internationally.
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A graduate of Bothwell Primary and Uddingston Grammar, Duncan is a Foundation Year 2 Doctor currently working in Glasgow. Music is an important part of his life: whilst at Uddingston Grammar, he attended the RCS Junior Conservatoire for five years where he studied with Angus Anderson and attained his ABRSM Diploma in Violin Performance.
An alumni of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he has enjoyed televised performances at the Royal Albert Hall and represented the UK in a cultural exchange with the Youth Orchestra of Bahia in their tour of Portugal and Brazil. Duncan now enjoys performing in amateur orchestras, chamber music groups and as a soloist in his free time.
Drew started learning piano at an early age, taking lessons from his grandmother, Mary Hood, who started his passion for music. In 2012 he began his studies at Edinburgh Napier University receiving tuition from Simon Coverdale and has recently achieved a first class honours degree and has been awarded the Makin Piano prize.
Since joining the university, Drew has performed in a number of concerts and joined several ensemble groups such as the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Drew is the current organ scholar at St Andrews and St Georges West church receiving lessons from Brigitte Harris and also sings in the choir. Following his studies this year, Drew hopes to continue his role as organ scholar and continue teaching and performing in Edinburgh with plans of further study in Music.
Heather has just completed her studies at Uddingston Grammar where she became Young Musician of the Year. She is about to start at Edinburgh University, studying medicine. For two years she attended the RCS junior conservatoire, played with the west of Scotland symphony orchestra for 3 years, and is currently part of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. She has achieved grade 8 violin with distinction and my grade 8 piano with merit.
Scottish Pianist Christopher Baxter is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and recent performances include recitals throughout the UK, including the Royal Festival, Steinway, Wigmore and Usher Halls, performances at the Latour and Uzerche Festivals in France, the Alba Festival in Italy, a tour of the Faroe Islands, a solo recital at the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, and recitals in South Korea and Singapore. Forthcoming appearances include recitals with the newly formed Brass Diversions, a series of performances and recordings of the piano works of John Hearne.
Originally from Aberdeen, Christopher began his musical studies there with Robert Howie at the Aberdeen City Music School and continued at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), completing his BMus (with 1st Class Honours) and MMus (Distinction), where he was tutored by Aaron Shorr, Graeme McNaught and Fali Pavri, as well as receiving regular coaching from the renowned pianist, Nigel Clayton. In addition to success in most competitions, Christopher participated in masterclasses with Roy Howat, Murray McLachlan, Hyoung-Joon Chang, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Martin Katz.
Christopher has many long standing chamber music partnerships, including flautist Aisling Agnew, violinist Alan John, cellist Duncan Strachan, trumpeter Tom Poulson and soprano Natalie Montakhab, and as a keen advocate of contemporary music, Christopher has been involved the premiere performances of more than 30 works, and has appeared on several BBC Radio and Television broadcasts.
As an accompanist, Christopher has been involved with several international instrumental competitions and festivals and between 2009 and 2010, held the position of Accompaniment Fellow at the RSAMD, where he was awarded the annual Accompaniment Prize. Christopher holds posts as piano teacher and accompanist at the specialist music school of Douglas Academy in Glasgow and Kilgraston School in Perthshire, and in 2012, Christopher became the first Associate Accompanist of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the resident Concert Pianist at Loretto School in Musselburgh. As a pianist on the Live Music Now scheme, Christopher has given more than 250 performances, and as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, has travelled extensively throughout the UK and Asia.