Organ Concert


Programme for concert at St Mary’s Church, Newport on Tay

On 24th September 2022 at 7pm.

David Smith

Tuba Tune C.S. Lang (1891-1971)

A Reverie by the River (Calm & Cloud) Sir Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)

A Toi (Love Song) Percy Elliott (1870-1932)

Ron Oliver

Student Polka – Johan Strauss (Son) – 1825-1899.

O God, Thou Faithful God – Flor Peters – 1903-1986.

Variations on The Star Spangled Banner – Dudley Buck – 1839-1909. 

Hannah Gibson

Praeludium in D minor (BuxWV 140) – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

From 6 Studien in kanonischer Form – Robert Schumann (1810-1856):

No. 2 Mit innigem Ausdruck

No. 3 Andantino

Mandy and Dula – Burmese Blues from 5 Portraits for Home Organ – William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)

David Smith

A Fancy John Stanley (1712-1786)

Ron Oliver

Sortie in E Flat – Lefebure-Wely – 1817-1869.

Hannah Gibson

March Militaire in D major – Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. W. T. Best

St Mary’s organ

Organ built and installed by John Miller, Dundee 1903/4. (with water engine)

Overhauled by Rothwell of Harrow 1947/8. (electric blower installed)

Overhauled by MacKenzie of Glasgow 1967.

Major refurbishment by Edmonstone of Perth 1999.

Now in the care of Paul Miller, Bonnybridge.

GREAT                                                                   SWELL

Diapason 8                                                          Lieblich Gedackt 8

Flauto Traverso 8                                             Viola 8

Dulciana 8 Voix                                                 Celeste 8 (TC)

Principal 4                                                           Gemshorn 4

Sesquialtera 2ranks

PEDAL Bourdon 16

Swell to Great                                                    Two combination pedals to Great

Swell to Pedal                                                    Two combination pedals to Swell

Great to Pedal                                                   Trigger Swell pedal (4 settings)

David Smith

I left school at 15 and spent all my working life with DC Thompson. Also at 15, and as a hobby, I began taking weekly organ lessons, studying with W. D. Bernard in Forfar Old Parish Church. I was organist at Invergowrie Parish Church for twenty one years. Broughty Ferry East for seven years and St Andrew’s Parish Church, Dundee for twenty seven years. Now retired I very much enjoy being part of the organists’ team here at St Mary’s.

Ron Oliver

On completion of education Ron became a civil engineer, but in his mid forties had a change of direction and moved to teaching secondary school mathematics.

He learned piano from age 7, but having listened to much organ music in churches, and admiring the majesty of the instrument, he thought ‘I would like to have a go at that’, and so took lessons, again starting in mid life to the complete consternation of his family.

Although a member of the Steeple Church in Dundee, Ron, has never held an organist’s post but has remained peripatetic over the years, enjoying many different instruments, with the added bonus of being able to repeat his musical programme on consecutive Sundays.

Ron enjoys a catholic taste in music reflected in his choice of programme for this evening’s concert.

Having played at St Mary’s for a few years, he now feels ‘part of the family’, and appreciates the warmth and support of the congregation.

Hannah Gibson

Hannah was born in Scotland in 1991. From an early age she had an interest in music and took piano lessons with Judith Wilkes, followed by the organ with Stuart Muir at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee.

In 2009, she joined Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s prestigious organ department on a scholarship. During her time there she won the Birmingham Organists’ Association Leonard Gibbons Fund Competition and was a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Competition in 2011. The same year, she was awarded a place to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, studying principally with Pier Damiano Peretti.

Hannah graduated from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in June 2013, having studied under Henry Fairs and Daniel Moult for the duration of her undergraduate degree. She has also received tuition from the late David Sanger, Hans Fagius, Bine Bryndorf and Dame Gillian Weir and abroad in Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Hannah has performed all over the UK in several of the UK’s churches, cathedrals and town halls as well as in Italy and Australia.

In September 2014, she returned to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a scholarship and completed her Master of Music degree with Distinction. From September 2015-2017, Hannah was appointed the College Organist of Mount St Mary’s College, Sheffield, a post combined with teaching the organ, academic music and assisting in the running of the music department. She is now based in Fife teaching for Music Collective Scotland and is the Organist of Newport-on-Tay Church of Scotland. She also deputises at St Andrews and Dundee Universities and is a member of the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ Education Subcommittee and a Trustee for the main FOCHO committee.