Aberdeen Sinfonietta was formed in 1986 as an ensemble of strings and harpsichord, who play without conductor, and in this form it gives several concerts a year in Aberdeen and the North-East, increasingly being invited further afield. In May last year the orchestra was expanded to full chamber orchestra proportions for a concert in the Music Hall. This proved to be such a success that it was decided to continue both forms of the Sinfonietta, and the enlarged orchestra takes part in several performances each season. Aberdeen Sinfonietta commissioned John McLeod to compose an instrumental reworking of his piece The Chronicle of Saint Machar, which was premiered by Aberdeen Bach Choir in 1999. The world premier of Machar - A Portrait of a Saint was performed in Aberdeen's Music Hall on September 16th 2000 and was met with an enthusiastic response.
BRYAN DARGIE (leader) studied music at Aberdeen University and then won a Caird scholarship which enabled him to take a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his principal teachers were Frederick Grinke for violin and Sidney Griller for chamber music. He played with leading London orchestras for some years, before returning to Aberdeen where he combines violin teaching with freelance playing. He is a member of the Aberdeen Trio, and of the recently formed Aberdeen Chamber Players, and he leads various orchestras, including Aberdeen University Symphony Orchestra and Aberdeen Sinfonietta.
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