Upcoming Music

New Season 2016

Details of the concerts and events in 2016 will be posted in January with the exception of the Rich Hall gig on Feb 5th which is already listed below. Meanwhile we have a series of films starting on Boxing Day and they are all now listed below. Don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter your email address in the space provided to the left). Tickets (except films which are pay on the door) will be online in late January. There are three ways to buy:
  • via the individual link on each event posting or visit We Got Tickets for a full list of events (10% booking fee per online ticket)
  • in the Phoenix Stores (you need to go in person) usually two or three weeks before each event (no booking fee) The Phoenix no longer do phone reservations.
  • phone 01309 691170 or email uhall@findhorn.org for more information or for space rental enquiries. Send us an email to reserve tickets that you will then collect and pay for on the night.

Trio Van Beethoven

Friday 26th Feb, 8:00 pm

Trio van BeethovenWorking jointly with Scottish singers Lorna Anderson (soprano) and Jamie MacDougall (tenor), the Trio Van Beethoven puts a focus on Beethoven's and Haydn's folk song arrangements, in order to present this unique combination of classical music and folk song tradition to a wider audience. The musicians (violin, cello and piano) have been Trio in Residence at the Klassikmusikfest Mühlviertel and performed at the International Brucknerfest Linz, in London (Kings Place), as well as in Italy, Slovenia, Belgium and Lithuania. The programme includes Trio in G major, All´Ongarese by Hayden; Trio in C Minor op.1/3 and Variations in E flat Major, op.44 by Beethoven plus Trio in D Minor, op.49 by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

See also: www.triovanbeethoven.at

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

The Forres Big Choir

Saturday 27th Feb, 8:00 pm

Forres Big ChoirForres's local community choir was founded 12 years ago by Kate O'Connell and Bill Henderson and has contributed hugely in that time to creating a vibrant feast of singing around Moray. The choir's stunning sound belies the fact that many who joined the group thought they could not sing. They have sung at Community events all around Moray including The Forres Burgess Ceremony and The Commonwealth Games Relay. Now Kate is leaving and this concert is to celebrate her time with the choir. They will sing some of their favourite songs, spanning a repertoire of inspirational songs from around the world. Also on the bill are the Wee Big Choir, an offshoot of the larger group directed by Kate. And as always there will be plenty of audience participation harmony songs which will be taught on the night. An uplifting evening.

Tickets on the door

Price: £8 / £6 concs / U16s free (concessions)

Earthsings Festival

Saturday 19th Mar, 8:00 pm

EARTHSINGS is a week long celebration of singing that includes workshops and concerts that runs from Sat 19th March to Friday 25th. In addition to the professional concerts advertised below you are invited to two ‘by donation’ events at 8pm on Sat 19 March (local choirs – performance and participation) and Friday 25 March when workshop groups perform. See www.findhorn.org/earthsings for details.

Price: see events

Northern Harmony

Sunday 20th Mar, 8:00 pm

Northern Harmony(An Earthsings event) Northern Harmony have a wide reputation for the their command of varied world singing styles. These range from rowdy American shape-note songs and bright Balkan tones to dark, sonorous Georgian harmonies, rhythmic South African songs, and ornamented Corsican polyphony. The concert program includes a variety of songs: Georgian; Corsican paghjella and sacred; South African with dances; and contemporary American shape-note. Also featured is a group of settings of Psalm 42 including German versions by Heinrich Schütz and Hugo Distler, and American by William Billings and Timothy Swan. The current ensemble is led by Larry Gordon and Patty Cuyler and features special guest Ketevan Mindorashvili, director of the Zedashe Ensemble from Georgia. Tonight is their full concert and Wednesday will be the participatory evening.

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

James Grant

Monday 21st Mar, 8:00 pm

james-grant low resAs a young singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, James first came to international attention in a band called Love and Money. Signed to Phonogram at just 18 years old, James wrote four classic albums for the band, including the astonishingly mature Strange Kind of Love. Recording in New York, he worked with producers such as Gary Katz of Steely Dan and Tom Dowd (who produced Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin). The albums produced several hit singles, racked up silver disc sales and created a devoted world-wide fanbase. He has performed or toured with artists as diverse as U2, Nanci Griffiths, Tina Turner, and BB King and continues to write and perform as a solo artist.

"One of Scotland's most gifted songwriters… and what a marvellous singer he is, too, spanning darkly burnished baritone depths and searing soulful intensity." Scotsman

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Zulu Tradition

Tuesday 22nd Mar, 8:00 pm

Zulu Tradition(An Earthsings event). Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance and you have Zulu Tradition — a company of young Zulu singers and dancers from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. Zulu reaches back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward towards contemporary Africa. Their songs are both traditional and recently made but in traditional styles. The powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies are guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Northern Harmony (Participatory)

Wednesday 23rd Mar, 8:00 pm

Northern Harmony(An Earthsings event – see also Sunday 20th March) This will be a participatory evening featuring folk dancing and singing. The Northern Harmony band will play with fiddle, clarinet, accordion and drum, and Larry will teach and lead a varied selection of Balkan, English country and American contra dances. We’ll sing through some of the songs learned during the week plus a few more singalongs taught on the spot

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Tickets on the door

Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Shine

Thursday 24th Mar, 8:00 pm

Shine posed(An Earthsings event) Shine, originally formed in 1998, combines Corrina Hewat, Mary Mcmaster and Alyth McCormack’s distinctive voices with two electro-harps, and now in 2015 they continue to lead the field with hauntingly timeless yet arrestingly modern arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original material. Recent gigs include one at the award nominated venue Douglas's House in Edinburgh, a beautiful Here come the Girls night sharing the stage with another all girl band, The Shee, and a return to form gig at last year's Celtic Connections. Since then they have re-released their much-loved album Sugarcane and they are currently working on a new single, EP and album. See also http://www.shine-trio.com

"Bewitchingly arrayed harmonies…alternating otherworldly spookiness with sparkling lighter interludes."
The Scotsman

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Rant

Wednesday 6th Apr, 7:30 pm

RANT smRant are now firmly established as a vibrant sound on the British folk scene. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, the band is the meeting of four of Scotland's finest fiddle players, two from the Shetlands and two from the Highlands. Using just their fiddles, Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl weave a gorgeous tapestry of melodies and textures. Acclaim for Rant arrived in the form of a Herald Angel Award for outstanding performance across all the Edinburgh Festivals. In addition the band have made major festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, and recorded strings for Julie Fowlis on her latest album Gach Sgeul. 2016 sees the release of their second album Reverie which sees them continue with this song strand, collaborating both with Fowlis and Scots singer Ewan McLennan.

"Hypnotic" The Herald

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Alexander Chapman Campbell

Friday 8th Apr, 8:00 pm

Alexander_Chapman_Campbell_DSC04676_Credit_Hugh_Carswell_2015Amongst the hundreds of releases of autumn 2013, a new and unexpected album turned up at ClassicFM, the world's largest classical radio station. Intrigued, the Managing Editor immediately placed it as "Album of the Week" on ClassicFM Drive. The response was unprecedented. There was a flood of emails and phone-calls after every airing, the album soared into the charts and within a week Decca Records wanted to secure the rights to this beautiful and mysterious music. Since then, Alexander Chapman Campbell's debut album for solo piano, Sketches of Light, has appeared across radio and TV, featured on several chart-topping compilation albums and continues to enchant listeners around the world. His music has been described as not jazz, not classical, not improvised, but a glimpse of something new... and his second album only deepens this enigma. This concert will provide an album launch for the 27-year-old composer's second album Portraits of Earth — a collection for solo piano.

"Tipped for the top." Aled Jones

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)

Altan

Wednesday 13th Apr, 7:30 pm

AltanAltan's new album, The Widening Gyre, fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle. Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they've met over their years together, including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown. The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan's story proving that they are still growing as artists, even after 35 years together.

"One of the most touching things you'll hear this year." The Arts Desk

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Price: £14 / £12 concs, £10 U16 (concessions)

Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards

Wednesday 20th Apr, 7:30 pm

LAURA Cortese & The Dance CardsThe Boston-based fiddler/vocalist and song-writer, Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing at the same time, to make her own music… However it is as Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. The band's elegant music, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock 'n' roll swagger. They also use inspiration from Americana and pop greats and lush fiddle stylings root their music in a folk tradition. Mariel Vandersteel's sensitive fiddle accompaniments, and Valerie Thompson's rock-solid cello grooves ground Cortese's dreamy, poetic vocals which are as modern and savvy as they come.

"Powerful, gutsy and set to make musical waves.” fRoots

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Price: £12 / £10 concs, £8 U16 (concessions)