Celtic Folk Piano by Candlelight: 'Farewell to Stromness'

Fri Mar 08 2024 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church | Edinburgh

Matthew Shiel
Publisher/HostMatthew Shiel
Celtic Folk Piano by Candlelight: 'Farewell to Stromness'
Join us for a 'hootenanny' as we celebrate Scotland's vibrant traditional music scene with Celtic folk piano by enchanting candlelight
About this Event

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Sink into your seat with a complimentary hot chocolate as award-winning pianist Matthew Shiel performs a selection of Scottish songs from time immemorial including classics such as: Ae Fond Kiss, Mhairi's Wedding, Maggie Lauder, Mol's Plate, Lochiel's March, Lee Rigg, Steer her up e had her gawn and Scotland the Brave.

This recital concludes with a two beautiful homages to Scotland's remarkable island landscapes and masterpieces of classical music inspired by the beauty of Scotland: Felix Mendellsohn's Hebrides Overture (arranged for piano duet) and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Farewell to Stromness - performed by atmospheric candlelight in our special candlelit chapel setting.

In the summer of 1829, Felix Mendelssohn holidayed in Scotland. During the romantic period, artists, composers and writers often looked to the natural world for inspiration and Scotland with its countless lochs, glens and mountain wildernesses provided plentiful food for creatives. Mendelssohn visited Edinburgh, Fort William and Oban before sailing onwards to Staffa and the Isle of Mull. Mendelssohn was inspired by the unusual rock formations of Fingal's cave to compose arguably his most iconic composition, The Hebrides Overture.

These candlelit concert experiences are a wonderful way to wind down after a busy week - ticket includes a complimentary hot chocolate to enhance the relaxing experience.

Tonight, this magnificent and historic 19th century chapel is transformed by moonlight and candlelight into a place of creative inspiration as we celebrate the timeless beauty of Scotland's traditional folk music.

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Ae Fond Kiss

Mhair's Wedding

Overture to the Deserter

I can't for my life

Deel tak the War's

Mol's Plate

Lee Rigg

East nook of Fife

Malt Man

Black Jock

Locheil's March

King of Prussia's March

The Old Bull's March

Minuet de la Cour

Maggy Lauder

Steer her up e had her gawn

Mount your Baggage

Scotland the Brave


Hebrides Overture ('Fingal's Cave')


Farewell to Stromness

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Tonight's Pianist: Matthew Shiel

Matthew Shiel is a concert pianist and conductor based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the recipient of a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with first class honours and several academic and performance prizes including: J.S. Bach Competition Prize for Piano, Harpsichord and Organ, Mary and Raymond Thomson Organ Scholarship, and Agnes Millar Prize for Outstanding Harmony and Counterpoint.

He has performed piano solo and duet recitals at venues such as St Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and Unitarernes Hus (Copenhagen, DK) and has been invited to be a guest speaker to the Wagner Society of Scotland and the University of Middlesex. He has performed several concertos with the Abbotsford String Orchestra, Little Biggar Orchestra and the Àirigh Orchestra. He was also entrusted to give the world première of Dr Alfredo Caponnetto's Baroque Concerto (PhD, University of Edinburgh), which the composer kindly dedicated to him.

He is conductor of the Àirigh Orchestra and the Scottish Meditation Orchestra and teaches piano at the University of Edinburgh.


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'Painting the Piano' (2023) by Emma Yitong Shen

Her artworks are inspired by tonight's musical artist Matthew Shiel and are exhibited onstage as part of our candlelight chapel concert series.

Her artworks, prints and cards are also available for sale during the concert.



Event Venue & Nearby Stays

St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church, St Vincent Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


GBP 7.50 to GBP 29.50

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