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.
We are proud to present the acclaimed Bothwell Philharmonic Choir led by Mark Donnelly as our opening to this year’s concert (www.bothwellphil.co.uk).
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 Geoffrey Tanti
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.
Born in Malta, Geoffrey studied piano with Cynthia Turner before moving to the UK to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Jonathan Plowright and Julia Lynch. He gained a Masters in Piano Performance (Distinction) and a Masters in Repetiteur Studies. During his studies Geoffrey was the winner of the Hester Dickson Prize for Best Accompanist in the Lieder Competition, the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund, the Philip Halstead prize for piano and the Leonard Hancock Repetiteur Prize. Geoffrey is in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, repetiteur and vocal coach and has worked for Scottish Opera (La Traviata, 2012) and Opera Bohemia (Madame Butterfly 2013, Eugene Onegin 2014). His solo performances include the Poulenc piano concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Jolivet concertino for trumpet, piano and strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Geoffrey is a Live Music Now! artist and is the resident accompanist of various choirs in Scotland.