Andrew Carnegie concert

As part of the celebration of the legacy of Andrew Carnegie, RSCM Scottish Voices in conjunction with the Carnegie UK Trust and Carnegie Corporation of New York are delighted to present an organ and choir recital on Saturday 12th October 2013 at 7.30pm in Dunfermline Abbey entitled

‘Most Elevating of Voices’
The musical legacy of Andrew Carnegie: a transatlantic celebration

Entry is free, but a ticket must be presented (see below for details).

As well as the singing of RSCM Scottish Voices, directed by Frikki Walker, you can hear the internationally renowned organist Michael Bawtree demonstrating some of the finest organ music in existence.

The programme will commence in the mediaeval nave of the Abbey with:

  • Hosanna to the Son of David (Thomas Weelkes)
  • O sacrum convivium (Thomas Tallis)
  • Sing joyfully (William Byrd)
  • Ascendit Deus (Peter Philips)

and then continue in the Abbey church with:

  • Prelude and Fugue in E flat, “St Anne” (JS Bach)
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D (Sir George Dyson)
  • Master Tallis’ Testament (Herbert Howells)
  • O pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Herbert Howells)
  • Sonata IV: Allegro (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • And I saw a new heaven (Edgar Bainton)
  • Ye choirs of new jerusalem (CV Stanford)
  • Worthy is the Lamb (GF Handel)

The following is from the Carnegie UK Trust’s own publicity:

The Carnegie UK Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York are jointly promoting two concerts to celebrate Andrew Carnegie’s support for church organs, and the Carnegie UK Trust’s historic role in the revival of Tudor church music and support for British music in the 1920s. This transatlantic collaboration will take place in Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland on 12 October 2013, and in the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City on 20 November 2013. The concerts will include some of the finest organ and choral music, as well as choral music from the Tudor Church Music collection and by other composers associated with the Carnegie UK Trust, which celebrates its centenary in 2013.

Celebrating the centenary of Carnegie UK Trust
Tudor church music was rediscovered, edited and published with support from the Carnegie UK Trust in the 1920s. The English composers in the programme include Sir George Dyson, who was a chair of the Trust and a life trustee and Herbert Howells, who worked on the Tudor music project as a research assistant, and was an early recipient of support from the Trust for his own compositions. English composer Edgar Bainton worked with the Trust as a judge on its music publication scheme in the 1920s.

To book your place, please contact Georgina Bowyer (, 01383 721445). Tickets are also available from the Dunfermline Abbey shop. The concert begins with some Tudor motets sung in the mediaeval nave at 7.30pm. The remainder of the programme takes place in the modern part of the church from 7.45pm. There is a limit on the numbers we can have in the mediaeval nave so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. It will also be possible to hear the first part of the concert from the church. Once the mediaeval nave is full, we will ask any additional members of the audience to move to the church. The event is free but a ticket must be shown.

Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival
This concert is the first event in a week of events concluding on Saturday 19 October. The highlight of the week is the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2013 which will be presented on Thursday 17 October at the Scottish Parliament. For more information please visit

Cathedral of St John the Divine Concert, New York, 20 November 2013
The concert in Dunfermline is twinned with an almost identical programme in New York, in the magnificent Cathedral of St John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world. The organist will be Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, and the choirs will be the Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Choristers and the Oratorio Society of New York.