Sat 17 Oct, 7.00pm
LIVE from Laidlaw Music Centre
"We have been brewing our new SCOTTISH SONGBOOK project for a while, and are excited to finally be launching this new innovative project which will connect the whole of Scotland. Jamie and Scott will perform a number of songs from some of the commissioned composers before Jamie joins Christopher Bragg in conversation to reveal more plans about the project. Singing in Scotland is stronger than ever and it is time for a new songbook to draw on the traditions in St Andrews of Cedric Thorpe Davie and the likes."
Amanda, Festival Director
Sir James MacMillan
Ae Fond Kiss
Mary Ann Kennedy
Jamie MacDougall was born in Glasgow and is one of Scotland’s leading artists. He has appeared with ENO, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park and Opera North, as well as companies in Europe and Canada, and is passionate about new opera and collaborates closely with New Opera in Scotland Events (NOISE).
In concert, he has worked with some of the world’s top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras. In 2017 he was Artist in Residence at the St Andrews Voices Festival and together with pianist Tim Dean launched Scotland’s first song recital group, Song Tellers. In 2017, in a co-production with Scottish Opera, he staged an adaptation of Jimmy Logan’s one-man play Lauder! that helped mark the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. In 2014 he took his show Inspirations to the Wintergarten, Berlin, and subsequently to Mexico and America. His extensive discography of over 45 titles covers baroque and classical, German, Scottish and English song, as well as contemporary. With Haydn Trio Eisenstadt he released the 20CD collection of Haydn’s folksong arrangements. His most recent recording with Trio van Beethoven of Beethoven folksong arrangements was released in 2018. They will perform them at Celtic Connection in 2019. Since 2001, he has been Scotland’s voice for classical music on BBC Radio Scotland and can be heard regularly presenting for BBC Radio 3; for 16 years has anchored BBC TV’s Proms in the Park from Glasgow as part of the Last Night of the Proms festivities.
Scotland-based pianist Scott Mitchell has performed extensively as a chamber music pianist and accompanist throughout Great Britain, Europe, South America and the Middle East. As a result of his varied chamber music activities he performs regularly at St. John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has also appeared at many of the world’s major festivals including the Edinburgh and the Festival Wiener Klassik.
Scott Mitchell has performed with John Wallace (Trumpet), Michael Collins and Emma Johnson (Clarinets), Raphael Wallfisch (Cello), Andrew Watkinson (Violin), Richard Watkins (French Horn), James Bowman (Counter-tenor) and Andrew Kennedy (Tenor), also with the Duke Quartet. He performs regularly in a duo capacity with flautists Wissam Boustany, Katherine Bryan, Lorna McGhee, Alison Mitchell, Ruth Morley and Yvonne Paterson, also clarinettists John Cushing and Maximiliano Martin and saxophonist Simon Haram.
In competitions he has been awarded the Lisa Fuchsova Prize for outstanding chamber music pianist and the Eric Rice Memorial Prize for outstanding accompanist, both at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London.
Scott Mitchell is a Senior Staff Accompanist and lecturer in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where he was recently made a Fellow and where he also teaches piano at the Junior Department. He is also a member of the accompaniment staff at Napier University in Edinburgh and also one of the founding members of the Cantilena Festival on Islay, a Festival for strings taking place on the island of Islay every summer.