Accompanying is one aspect of music making that has always been close to my heart and while I was a student many performances and masterclasses saw me in action at the piano.
In a professional capacity I have appeared as accompanist with instrumentalists and singers of all abilities, including accompanying multiple exams in a university setting, accompanying professional auditions and giving full recitals with soloists. Past concerts have included Mozart's Piano Quartet, Schubert's Trout Quintet and recitals of music for violin and piano during the Edinburgh Festival with repertoire including music by Handel and Tartini, Beethoven's Spring Sonata and Elgar's Sonata (performed at the invitation of The Elgar Society), Brahms' Hungarian Dances and works by Kabalevsky and Copland.
I have a large amount of experience as a choral accompanist. In addition to frequent 'Come-and-Sing' events in Scotland and Northern Ireland, playing both piano and organ, I have accompanied a large number of established choirs including Ulster Youth Choir, Cadenza, Dunfermline Choral Union, Ayr Choral Union and Edinburgh Festival Chorus. I was the accompanist of Belfast Philharmonic Society for 5 years, playing for both the various children's and adult choirs and working with a variety of
conductors including Christopher Bell, William Macey, Christian Curnyn, David Agler, Martin Haselböck, Jac van Steen and Ennio Morrocone to name a few. In addition I was a regular accompanist for the National Girls Choir and National Youth Choir of Scotland which have included tours to France and Sweden.
Other highly enjoyable pianistic pursuits have included several concerts
of music for Piano Duet, with Gail Evans (accompanist of Belfast
Philharmonic Choir.) In addition to the 'standard' works by Mozart, Beethoven and, of course Schubert's monumental Fantasie in
F minor, programmes also included my own arrangements, such as
Copland's Hoe Down. (See here for more exciting info!)