Trio will bring a taste of Aberdeen

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Mu­sic Ar­ran will be bring­ing a taste of Aberdeen to Ar­ran next week with a per­for­mance by Aberdeen Baroque.

On Satur­day November 17, at 7.30pm in Brod­ick Hall, the trio, com­pris­ing Amanda and Claire Babing­ton and David J Smith, is known as AB24 - ref­er­enc­ing their shared con­nec­tion with Aberdeen where all three mem­bers have, over the years, en­joyed liv­ing, work­ing and per­form­ing.

Al­though AB24 is rel­a­tively newly formed as an en­sem­ble, its mem­bers have known each other for many years through their con­nec­tions with Aberdeen. As vis­it­ing per­for­mance fel­lows at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen, Claire and Amanda have had many op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form along­side David, and their de­ci­sion to utilise this ex­pe­ri­ence by form­ing AB24 comes from a shared love of the reper­toire af­forded to them by the wide variety of in­stru­ment com­bi­na­tions at their fin­ger­tips.


Amanda Babing­ton is a vi­o­lin­ist, recorder player and musette player, spe­cial­is­ing in his­tor­i­cally in­formed per­for­mance. She plays reg­u­larly with many of the lead­ing Bri­tish and Euro­pean pe­riod-in­stru­ment en­sem­bles in­clud­ing Les Talens Lyrique, the Wall­fisch Band, Dunedin Con­sort, Ex Cathe­dra, the Gabrieli Con­sort and Play­ers and Fiori Mu­si­cali.

Amanda has been the di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Manch­ester Baroque Orches­tra since 2006 and is a lec­turer in the School of Aca­demic Stud­ies at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, Manch­ester.

Since leav­ing the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, Claire Babing­ton, Amanda’s sis­ter, has had a busy and var­ied ca­reer as a free­lance cel­list work­ing with the Hallè, Liver­pool Phil­har­monic and most re­cently and reg­u­larly, Manch­ester Cam­er­ata. As a baroque cel­list Claire has com­bined solo per­for­mance with play­ing con­tinuo for a wide range of vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal reper­toire. In de­mand as a con­tinuo cel­list she has worked on op­eras by Han­del, Mon­teverdi Pur­cell and Rameau; as well as reg­u­lar per­for­mances of Bach’s St John Pas­sion and St Matthew Pas­sion and Han­del’s Mes­siah.

David J Smith was or­gan scholar at St Peter’s Col­lege and Wad­ham Col­lege, Ox­ford, where he com­pleted his doc­tor­ate on the in­stru­men­tal mu­sic of Peter Philips (1560/61-1628). He be­came as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen in 1994, served as head of mu­sic from 2009 to 2013 and is master of chapel and cer­e­mo­nial mu­sic and or­gan­ist to the univer­sity.

David is an or­gan­ist, harp­si­chordist, recorder player and ac­com­pa­nist.

With such a myr­iad of in­stru­ment com­bi­na­tions this con­cert is des­tined to be memorable. The hall will be in a café style so vis­i­tors can bring a bot­tle and some friends. Tick­ets are £10 and avail­able on-line from­ran­, at In­spi­ra­tions in Brod­ick, or at the door. Chil­dren and young stu­dents will be al­lowed free en­try.

Trio en­sem­ble AB24 will be per­form­ing at Brod­ick Hall next week.

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