Inverurie Orchestra to debut commissioned work

Paul Tierney will conduct the orchestra who will be performing his commissioned piece :Landscape from a Dream for the first time. Picture: Susann Brown
Paul Tierney will conduct the orchestra who will be performing his commissioned piece :Landscape from a Dream for the first time. Picture: Susann Brown

THE now well-established Inverurie Orchestra, which was formed in 2007, will perform their summer concert in the Town Hall this year. The reason for the move from their usual West Church venue is due to the need for extra space to perform a specially commissioned piece for percussion.

The concerto, written by orchestra director, Paul Tierney, is entitled ‘Landscape from a Dream’, inspired by a painting of the same name by British artist Paul Nash.

Speaking about the piece Paul said: “It’s scored for orchestra and percussion soloists and combines the various styles of music I’m interested in. Usually my music is quite dark, modern classical, but this time heavy metal and hard rock also feature. The percussion soloist played in a heavy metal band in his early career.

“I wrote the piece, drawing very much on the strengths of the orchestra and the soloist and I’ve dedicated it to them.”

The concert will be a celebration of British music over the last 100, years in the main, except for a piece by Mendelsohn. Continuing, Paul said: “We’re hoping the concert will have a feel of Last Night at the Proms – we’re finishing with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No 1.”

Speaking about the orchestra, he added: “They have done a fantastic job. To be tackling the pieces that they are doing so well in the time-frame is a huge achievement, I am very proud of them.”

The orchestra is going from strength to strength and owes much of its success to its leader. Orchestra vice-chair, Jeanette Barclay said: “We’ve been performing two concerts per year which have been very successful.

“Our success has largely been due to the leadership of Paul Tierney and his enthusiastic approach in putting together material for the concerts, always bearing in mind the various skills of the orchestra members.

“We’re also very lucky to have some very experienced musicians in our midst but we are always delighted to welcome new members.”

Paul Tierney graduated from Aberdeen University in 2006 and has recently been awarded his Doctorate after studying composition, also at Aberdeen.

He has a growing reputation as a composer, singer and conductor, generating a prodigious amount of quality work.

The Orchestra now has 39 regular members and is looking to recruit players for the string and brass sections. The Orchestra meets weekly throughout the school year on Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm. Rehearsals take place in the West Church hall, apart from the 2nd Thursday of each month when we meet in the Acorn Centre.

Anyone who would like to join should contact Jeanette on (01467) 624629 or email info@inverurieorchestra.co.uk.

The Orchestra meets weekly throughout the school year on Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30pm. Rehearsals take place in the West Church hall, apart from the 2nd Thursday of each month when we meet in the Acorn Centre.