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Second Sunday Concert: Mark O'Keeffe and Walter Blair


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BBC Principal Trumpeter Mark O'Keeffe bring a programme of transcriptions to St Margaret's for this spring concert.

Mark O'Keeffe - trumpet
Walter Blair - piano & organ

Richard Strauss: Frühling (Spring) from Four Last Songs

J.S. Bach: Choral Prelude BWV 659 in g minor ‘Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland’

Giacomo Rossini: Una Voce Poco Fa (Barber of Seville)

Maurice Ravel: Kaddish

Sergei Rachmaninov: Spring Waters

Francis Poulenc: Les Chemins de l’Amour

Manuel de Falla: Seven Spanish Songs

Karl Jenkins: Salm o Dewi Sant (Hymn to Saint David

Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions; under 16s free)

Mark O'Keeffe

Creative Scotland winner 2003, Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he began his musical studies at the age of seven.
In 1992, Mark was chosen as the winner of the RTE Musician of the Future competition. He was subsequently appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, a post he held for four years. He has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concertos by Telemann, Hummel and Shostakovich. In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he is a committed chamber musician playing with ensembles which share his passion for new music, including guest Principal Trumpet with the RSNO, Red Note Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. Mark teaches at the RCS Glasgow and the RNCM.

Throughout his career Walter Blair has been involved in many aspects of music, particularly as a performer and in music education. In education he has been associated with the training of specialist young musicians, both in schools and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was on the full time staff for almost twenty years. He is much in demand as a pianist and accompanist and has performed with many singers and instrumentalists, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio. He is also well known as an organist, choral trainer, examiner, adjudicator, coach and consultant. One of Scotland’s most versatile musicians, Walter is equally at home in concert, recital or cabaret. In 2001 Walter Blair was given an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (FRSAMD), now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List he was awarded the British Empire Medal (medallist of the Order of the British Empire) for services to music.