Trio will bring a taste of Aberdeen
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 from www.arranevents.com, 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.