Sat 12 Sep 8pm
Presented by Kate Molleson
Duration: approx. 75 mins
Sweet Saint Nickola, Canaries, A Scotts Tune, Mervell’s Sarabande, Holi and Faire, Ladie Lie Neer Me, A Scotts TuneSuite Compostelana
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Credit: Kaupo Kikkas
Sean Shibe needs no introduction as one of the most outstanding musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. His technical mastery and phenomenal range of colour will be on show in the 17th century Scottish pieces that open his programme as much as in the wistful Spanish melancholy of Mompou. The climax of his recital is American composer Julia Wolfe’s LAD, in Sean’s own arrangement for electric guitar. Always fascinated by folk music and strongly motivated by social injustice, Wolfe pours ‘cathartic grief and anger’ into this gripping music, originally composed for nine bagpipes
This astonishing and adventurous guitarist plays with such depth of tone, colour and intricacies of touch that it is as though he's at a harpsichord . . . Shibe's music-making is masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way.
Few have recorded [these works] with such a thrilling combination of technical flair, finesse and blazingly evident musical sympathy. It's almost as if this music was waiting for Shibe to come along, the results are that breath-taking . . . As throughout this phenomenal disc, Shibe demonstrates a musical maturity far beyond his 28 years
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Holy Trinity stands on the site of a Franciscan friary (the original ‘Lamp of Lothian’ before that title passed to St Mary’s Church nearby) which was built here in the 13th Century. The friary was demolished in 1572, and almost two centuries later, in 1769, work was begun on a ‘qualified’ Anglican chapel which was finally consecrated as Holy Trinity in 1815. The present chancel was added and the interior remodelled in an attractive neo-Byzantine style in 1930.