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Organist rocks St Andrew's

The theme from 1960s TV show Dr Finlay’s Casebook features in a piano duet as part of a programme headlined by British organist Ian Miles in the Keyboard Cavalcade concert today.

Presented as part of the St Andrew’s Lunchtime Concert series, Keyboard Cavalcade includes organ solos from Miles, and double duos — two pianos played by combinations of Coralie Hunter and Trish Tattle and Catherine Macdonald. Gavin Maclean and Macdonald will perform a vocal solo each.

The programme is likely to include Miles’ performance of Khachaturian’s March from the Soviet American composer’s 1941 Masquerade, a work based on Russian poet and playwright Mikhail Lermontov’s play of the same name.

“I have been playing that in my head and believe we should be able to make an absolutely stonking run of it with two-pianos eight-hands,” says Miles.

“There are lots of possibilities for light and shade, give and take rubato (tempo variation without altering the pace), antiphony (alternated phrasing) and if we have four hands below middle-C, we can distribute the bass line to be sonorous but not sostenuto (a prolonged passage) so the upper parts can also be leggiero (a rapid passage played lightly) and non-pedalled.”

ALL KEYED UP: British organist Ian Miles rehearses for his part in tomorrow’s St Andrew’s lunchtime concert series concert. Picture by Paul Rickard