Music in Ayr

presented by Ayr Music Club

Programme for 2019-2020

Saturday 28th September 2019 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church Ayr KA7 4PQ

The Roxburgh String Quartet



Saturday 2nd November 2019 - 7.30pm

 Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB

Sarah Beth Briggs - Piano

Saturday 7th December 2019 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church Ayr KA7 4PQ

Kosmos Ensemble


Saturday 18th January 2020 - 7.30pm

The Octagonal Hall Alloway Parish Church KA7 4PQ)

Simon Thacker - Guitar

Saturday 29th February 2020 - 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB

Sirocco Winds

Saturday 21st March 2020 - 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church Fullarton Street Ayr KA7 1UB)

Marahaj Degavino Duo

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 Rachel Spencer - Violin; Andrew Lees - Violin; Morag Robertson - Viola;

Helen Duncan - ’Cello

The quartet, based in Edinburgh, formed in 2005. At the heart of their music making is their love of the varied repertoire available for String Quartets. Their concerts are about sharing the warmth intimacy and passion of some of the greatest music ever written. Their current repertoire includes not only works by the great classical composers but also by contemporary writers.

Making a welcome return to Ayr, Sarah is celebrating the 100th. Anniversary of the birth of Denis Matthews, one of the greatest concert pianists of the C.20th. Her programmes reflect his influence in setting Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, alongside the modern composers Rawsthorne, Rubbra  and Hans Gal.

Harriet Mackenzie - Violin; Meg Rosaleen Hamilton - Viola; Milos Milivojevic - Accordion.

Influenced by music from all over the world, Kosmos perform their own compositions, arrangements and improvisations, inspired by Jewish, Gypsy, Tango, Balkan and Japanese music with their own contemporary twist. Given the time of year we may also expect something seasonal.

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Acknowledged as one of the U.K’s most accomplished and distinctive musical figures, Simon last performed for Ayr Music Club in 2011, since when his career has blossomed as he has taken classical guitar playing to new audiences across the world. As one reviewer in Canada has written, “His ability to extract such meaning and expression from merely six nylon strings speaks of true genius.”

Matthew Howells - Flute; Alice McArthur - Oboe; Calum Robertson - Clarinet; Gillian Horn - Bassoon; Michael Barr - French Horn

Formed in 2012 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sirocco Winds are a dynamic professional wind quintet, who pride themselves on being a young, enthusiastic, vibrant group.  Their programmes  include a variety of music ranging across classical , jazz and tunes from the shows. One reviewer wrote: “ It is so good to have such a young enthusiastic group of musicians - and so talented”.

 Meera Maharaj - Flute;  Dominic Degavino - Piano

Formed in 2017, Meera and Dominic are post graduate students in London. Individually they have both had considerable competition success and together they have formed an ensemble relationship which from the outset has seemed entirely natural.  Their repertoire extends over a wide range of music from Tchaikovsky to Dave Heath and Andy Scott. Winners of a Tunnell Trust Award, this is a Tunnell Trust Recital.

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28th September 2019 : Roxburgh String Quartet:

Beethoven op. 59/1 No. 7 in F

Shostakovich op. 49 No. 1 in C

Poulenc 3 songs arr. for string quartet by Jean-Christophe Masson

2nd November 2019 : Sarah Beth Briggs - Piano:

Bach - Prelude and Fugue

Mozart - Sonata in F

Beethoven - “ Pathetique”;

Denis Matthews - Rhapsody

Ravel - Sonatina

Brahms - 4 Piano Pieces.

7th December 2019 : Kosmos Ensemble:

Music from Around the Globe : Greek, Japanese; Polish

Gipsy music



18th January 2020 : Simon Thacker:

Programme to be confirmed.

29th February 2020 : Sirocco Winds:

 Sirocco Winds take on a variety of styles in a programme that showcases the range that the wind quintet has to offer. The first half provides us with some classic masterworks for this ensemble before the second half takes us into the world of Latin America, musical theatre and jazz.

Handel arr. M. Howells – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Holst – Quintet for Winds

i. Allegro moderato

ii. Adagio

iii. Minuetto (in Canon) with Trio

iv. Air and Variations

Debussy – Suite No. 1 arr. for wind quintet

i. Minstrels

ii. Girl with the Flaxen Hair

iii. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

Barber – Summer Music

Shostakovich – Polka


Terence Greaves – Beethoven’s Fifth Bossa Nova

Bernstein arr. M. Howells – West Side Story Medley

Medaglia – Suite, “Belle Epoque in Sud-America”

i. Tango

ii. Vals Paulista

iii. Chorinho ‘Walter’s Requinta maluca’

Schifrin – La Nouvelle Orleans

Gershwin arr. Linckelmann – Rhapsody in Blue

21st March 2020 : Maharaj Degavino Duo:

J.S. Bach - Sonata in E major (BWV 1035)

Thomas Adès - Three Mazurkas for piano, Op. 27

Oliver Knussen - Masks

J.S Bach - Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034

 Fikret Amirov - Six Pieces for flute and piano

Sergei Prokofiev - Sonata for flute and piano, Op 94


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