Sound the trumpet

Forfar Arts Guild welcomes Matt Edwards (organ) and Grant Golding (trumpet) who will give a recital in St Margaret’s Church, Forfar on Thursday evening (tomorrow).

Both based in Scotland, they will enthral the audience with an evening of music from across the centuries, demonstrating the close playing entente they have developed over the years since establishing ‘Sound the Trumpet’ in 2007.

It almost came to an abrupt end in 2009 when Grant, had a serious fall whilst hill-climbing alone in Glenshiel. He made an amazing recovery and the the duo has gone from strength to strength, much in demand throughout the world.

Brought up in Yorkshire, Grant moved to Cumbernauld, gaining a Masters Degree in performance from RSAMD. As a student he performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the RSNO, Scottish Opera and the wonderful Dundedin Consort, as well as playing worldwide as a freelance soloist and being much in demand as a teacher.

His Scottish connections resulted in the duo’s first CD, ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’, being recorded in Burns and Old Church in Kilsyth.

Matt Edwards, who has numerous degrees and diplomas, studied organ playing whilst a chorister in Aldershot, going on to both Winchester and Peterborough Cathedrals before becoming the youngest Cathedral Director of Music in Britain, at the age of 21, at St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee.

He remained in the area working freelance in Dundee and St Andrews, before being made Director at Alloa West Church where he remained for six years.

As well as being in great demand as a player, conductor, arranger and teacher, he also completed two Open University Degrees and start The Trumpet Shall Sound, as well as returning to post graduate study. In 2011, he celebrated 25 years in church music, from chorister to organist, and is currently Director at the famous Thomas Coates Memorial Church in Paisley.

The evening was originally planned to be held in the East and Old Church to celebrate the wonderful organ which was the pride and joy of Willie Bernard.

He was a founder member of Forfar Arts Guild, and nothing gave him more pleasure than to show off the instrument in which he took such pride. Unfortunately, the East and Old has suffered water ingress above the organ, doing a great deal of damage,

The evening has therefore been moved to St Margaret’s Church, giving Forfar a good chance to hear their new year-old digital organ in action.

The concert will be a glorious, uplifting evening’s music, Go along and hear these two enthusiasts at 7.30 on March 22. Tickets can be had from Toycastle, in Castle Street, and at the door, price £7 for adults and £1 for children.

There will also be refreshments. Would members please note the change of venue.