The First Toll

April 3, 2019 in by mwhiteside

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In celebration of 40 years since its first concert, Beith-based Cunninghame Choir, an amateur adult mixed-voice ensemble, is delighted to present a very special concert to mark this historic milestone.  Taking place at 4pm on Sunday May 12th 2019 at the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Beith, the Anniversary concert takes its title from a brand new choral work specially commissioned by the choir for the occasion.

The First Toll is an exciting new composition from promising young composer, Maciej Granat, who is also the choir’s regular accompanist.  Written for choir, string quartet and piano, it sets to music words written by local historic character, Andrew Aitken, aka the ‘Beith Poet’, musing on his hearing the new Beith Parish Church bell toll for the first time in 1810.

The concert programme will also include Palestrina’s joyful motet, Exultate Deo, and Sir James MacMillan’s Changed, which was written in 1997 for Cunninghame Choir and dedicated to its then Musical Director, Dorothy HowdenChanged had its premiere performance by Cunninghame Choir in Kilbirnie in 1998.

The Brodick Quartet, four of Scotland’s most auspicious young string players, will accompany Maciej and the choir for The First Toll premiere and for Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, which also features Royal Conservatoire of Scotland taught soloists: Erin McCrystal (Soprano), Matthew McKinney (Tenor) and Michael Longden (Bass).  The chamber organist will be Peter Shepherd.


The First Toll

Sunday 12 May, 2019, 4 pm

Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Mitchell Street, Beith



Cunninghame Choir Peter Shepherd (Chamber Organ)
Tiffany Vong (Musical Director) Erin McCrystal (Soprano)
Maciej Granat (Piano) Matthew McKinney (Tenor)
Brodick Quartet Michael Longden (Bass-baritone)



Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Exsultate Deo

Franz Schubert

Frühlingssehnsucht D957 no. 3

Abschied D957 no. 7

Du bist die Ruh D776

Clara Schumann Liebeszauber op. 13 no. 3

Schubert Mass No. 2 in G D167

James MacMillan Changed

Henri Dutilleux Au Gré des Ondes
Maciej Granat The First Toll (premiere)

Tickets: £7