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Alistair Warwick
Alistair Warwick
enabling musicians : enabling music
  • conductor / music director
  • organist
  • singer
  • music typesetter using Score™ and InDesign™

He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music, and has undertaken studies in theology and liturgy.

Current work includes
  • Conductor, Stirling University Choir
  • Director of Music, Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
  • Gold Award singing examiner for RSCM
  • RSCM Coordinator for Scotland
  • Organ Advisor, Scottish Churches Organists' Training Scheme (SCOTS)
Informed by previous work
  • Programme Director for Sacred Music Studies, RSCM & Bangor University
  • Musical Director, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
  • Organist, St Mary's Church, Dunblane
  • Director of Music, Arundel Cathedral
  • Organist, Worth Abbey
  • Pastoral work in South London
Alistair Warwick is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Alistair Warwick is a full member of the ISM, the UK's professional body for musicians, which retains standards in the profession whilst offering essential backup for today's musician.

Stirling University Choir news

Details of this semester's music, rehearsals and concert

Other services
Proudly supporting the campaign for an independent Scotland

Yes? No? Undecided?
Visit yesscotland.net for answers

Use your computer to help save lives

Since 2005 Alistair has been a member of the World Community Grid (WCG) and, since June 2006, as part of The Art of Music team.

Grid computing enables hundreds of years' worth of computing processing time to be utilised to enable non-profit, humanitarian projects to run. WCG projects includework towards the cure of:

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Dengue
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Muscular Dystrophy

Details of these projects can be found on the WCG site.

Our contributions

So far The Art of Music team has notched up over 100 days' computing time in 10 projects.

The Bronze badges below indicate that we have contributed at least 14 days worth of CPU Run Time to each of the following projects (45 days for the Silver):

Human Proteome Folding bronze badge

Human Proteome Folding project (Bronze)

 

Human Proteome Folding – Phase 2 bronze badge

Human Proteome Folding project – Phase 2 (Bronze)

 

Help Conquer Cancer bronze badge

Help Conquer Cancer project (Bronze)

 

Fight Aids at Home Silver badge

FightAIDS@Home project (Silver)

Current project(s)
  • Drug Search for Leishmaniasis
How is it done?

No other technological breakthrough has demonstrated the power of individuals more than grid computing. By donating your unused computer time (Linux, Mac or Windows), you can help to change the world for the better.

Join over 350,000 computer users around the world who are contributing an average of over 112 years' worth of computing power every day (and that's just from unused computer time)!

More information about grid computing can be found here.

How does grid computing help?

In less than three months, with grid computing, scientists identified 44 potential treatments to fight the deadly smallpox disease.

Without the grid, the work would have taken more than a year to complete.

Sounds great. How do I start?
  1. Just go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org to register
  2. Once you've completed the registration process, you'll need to download and install the World Community Grid software to get going with the project

If you already participate in the World Community Grid, then you can join our team. Just follow this link to join us.

 

 

Current projects
Stirling University Choir

 

Rehearsals

every Monday at 7.30pm in A4 Cottrell Building

Improve Your Sight-Reading
Following the success of previous semesters' optional music-reading sessions, there are opportunities to take part in "Voice for Life" sessions for 20 minutes or so at 7pm each Monday. Just see me at rehearsals.

go to Stirling University Choir website

Recent concerts
Serenade to Music
  • Duruflé: Requiem
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
  • Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Laura Margaret Smith mezzo-soprano
Jamie Rock baritone
Carolyn Sparey violin
Matthew Beetschen organ/piano

Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling
Saturday 12th May 2012, 7.30pm

Saturday 3 December 2011 – Holy Rude, Stirling

Concert of seasonal music including Part 1 of Handel's Messiah

14 May 2011 – Holy Rude, Stirling

Haydn: Creation (postponed from 3 December 2010)

8 May 2010 – Dunblane Cathedral

Folk songs in varying arrangements from around the British Isles

Four Burns Songs by Carolyn Sparey
including first performances of

  • O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast
  • My love is like a red, red rose (first choral performance)
  • Craigieburn Wood

Other songs included two arrangements by Dennis MacDonald:

  • Ye banks and braes
  • Will ye no come back again

and Lizzy Ann Dunworth's beautiful Irish Blessing.

5 December 2009 – Dunblane Cathedral

Our first concert together was on Saturday 5 December in Dunblane Cathedral:

  • Mozart: Ave verum corpus K618
  • Mozart: Masonic funeral music K477
  • Mozart (completed Süssmayr): Requiem K626
  • Lassus: Justorum animae

Clare Tucker soprano
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo-soprano
Warren Gillespie tenor
Michel de Souza baritone

Stirling University Choir

City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra
Benardus Buurmann leader

Alistair Warwick conductor


St Mary's Episcopal Church, Dunblane
Writing psalm refrains

Writing psalm refrains for a use with a common chant for use over the summer period while the choir are away.
Music typeset with SCORE, of course!

Refrain for Psalm 24

(c) 2009 The Art of Music


Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
Midsummer Fantasy

Sunday 28 June 2009, 7pm
Victoria Hall, Dunblane

Grant Golding trumpet
Alistair Warwick conductor

  • Mozart: Divertimento in D  K136
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Telemann: Trumpet Concerto
  • Copland: Quiet City
  • Haydn: Symphony No 85 in B flat "La Reine"

Poster for Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
Nocturnes for an Autumn Evening

Following a sell-out first concert, the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra's second concert was on Sunday 9 November 2008 in Victoria Hall, Dunblane.

 

Carron Shankland clarinet
Alistair Warwick conductor

 

The programme featured music for woodwind and strings:

  • Grieg: 'Holberg' Suite
  • Mackenzie: Benedictus
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
  • Mozart: Serenade in C minor
  • Schubert: Symphony no 5 in B flat

ISSC brochure cover
RSCM International Summer School

Alistair Warwick was a presenter at the RSCM's International Summer School and Conference in Canterbury from 11–13 August 2008.

 

 

With Revd. Wendy Wilby (Precentor, Bristol Cathedral) he gave two sessions:

  • Pray? I haven't got time to pray!
  • Musicians and clergy working together

He also presented a session on Sacred Music Studies (RSCM & Bangor University).

 

CD recording: Gregorian Chant from Canterbury Cathedral

cover of Gregorian Chant from Canterbury Cathedral CD

Incidentally, Canterbury Cathedral was the location for the CD recording of the Unfinished Vespers: Gregorian Chant The Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
sung by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge directed by Mary Berry
– available from amazon.co.uk (follow the link for other recordings by Schola Gregoriana)

Alistair Warwick was assistant sound engineer for this CD recording and has vivid memories of a sprightly 70-something-year-young Mary Berry climbing up a vertical ladder in the cathedral tower as we recorded the bells.

  • For details of other recordings by Alistair Warwick see the Recordings section of this site

Poster for Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
Dunblane Chamber Orchestra

The first concert of the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, founded in February 2008 and conducted by Alistair Warwick, was a sell-out success.

 

 

The programme featured music for string orchestra, including Britten's Simple Symphony, Elgar's Serenade for Strings, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and, with Simon Rendell (solo oboe), Barbirolli's Oboe Concerto on themes of Pergolesi along with Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe.

Previous appointments
  • Organist, St Mary's, Dunblane
  • Interim Choir Trainer, St Mary's, Dunblane
  • Founder and Musical Director, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
  • Director of Music and Master of the Choristers for ten years at Arundel Cathedral, where he started the flourishing junior choir
  • Organist at Worth Abbey
    (home of "The Monastery" as shown on BBC television)
  • Producer and Director of a number of CD recordings
    including the choirs of Dunblane, Ely and Winchester Cathedrals
  • Television appearances, include live broadcasts from Arundel.
  • Various roles within the RSCM over ten years
    latterly as Programme Director for Sacred Music Studies
Conducting

Alistair Warwick is Conductor of the Stirling University Choir.

He founded the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra in 2008, and conducted them in their first three concerts.

He has also conducted the Rosenethe Singers (December 2006, March 2008 and May 2010).

Alistair's passion is enabling people of all abilities to make music. As a teenage student at the Bexley Music School in Sidcup, he led a number of music ensembles, and was rewarded by a scholarship to study conducting with Bryan Fairfax to learn how to do it properly!

Later studies included work with Sebastian Forbes, Alasdair Mitchell, Owen Rees and Nicholas Conran, with whom he also studied Feldenkrais (using gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement).

Alistair has also participated in choral-direction masterclasses with Mike Brewer, Stephen Cleobury and David Hill.

What people say
  • Congratulations on an excellent concert.

  • There were moments when it was hard to realise that this was an amateur orchestra.

  • What a wonderful concert!

  • It was inspirational to choose Mackenzie's 'Benedictus'.

  • Just to say what a great concert.

Orchestral performances

  • Britten: Simple Symphony
  • Copland: Happy Anniversary
  • Copland: Quiet City
  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op 6, no 8 "Christmas Concerto"
  • Delius: Brigg Fair
  • Elgar: Serenade for Strings
  • Franceschini: Sonata in D for two trumpets *
  • Gabrieli: In ecclesiis
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
  • Grieg: Holberg Suite
  • Handel: The Pendlebury Water Music *
  • Haydn: Symphony no 85 "La Reine"
  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
  • Ives: The Unanswered Question
  • Judd, Graham: Earthwork
    (First performance: University of Surrey, 12 March 1997)
  • Judd, Graham: Russian Ballet
    (First performance: University of Surrey, 1997)
  • Mackenzie: Benedictus
  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
  • Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe
  • Mozart: Divertimento in D K136
  • Mozart: Serenade in B flat K361
  • Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525
  • Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music K477
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto K622
  • Pergolesi arr. Barbirolli: Oboe Concerto *
  • Purcell: Trumpet Sonata *
  • Schubert: Symphony no 5
  • Stravinsky: Suites for Small Orchestra
  • Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D *
  • Telemann: Concerto for three trumpets
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D RV93 *

* directed from organ/harpsichord

Choral performances

too numerous to count, but they include:

  • Bach, JS: Cantatas 11, 129, 147
  • Duruflé: Requiem
  • Elgar: The Spirit of the Lord
  • Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
  • Fauré: Requiem
  • Grainger: Brigg Fair
  • Handel: Messiah
  • Lassus: Justorum animae
  • MacMillan: Nunc Dimittis
  • Mozart: Mass K197
  • Mozart: Coronation Mass K317
  • Mozart: Laudate Dominum K339
  • Parry: I was glad
  • Purcell: Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei
  • Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing
  • Scarlatti D: Stabat Mater
  • Sparey, Carolyn: Christmas Bells
  • Sparey, Carolyn: Four Burns Songs
    including world premiere of 'O wert thou in the cauld blast'
  • traditional, arr. Jayne Davies: Ar lan y môr (Beside the sea)
  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

Choral performances with orchestra

  • Gabrieli: In ecclesiis
  • Handel: Messiah
  • Haydn 'Creation' *
  • Haydn: Nelson Mass
  • Mozart: Coronation Mass K317
  • Mozart: Ave verum corpus K618
  • Mozart (completed Süssmayr): Requiem K622

* directed from harpsichord

Choral and orchestral rehearsals

He has prepared orchestras and choirs for performance by other conductors. Works include:

  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3
  • Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin
  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Beethoven: Egmont overture
  • Beethoven: Symphonies 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • Copland: Three Dances from Rodeo
  • de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat
  • Elgar: Sea Pictures
  • Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
  • Holst: The Hymn of Jesus
  • Lerner: Camelot
  • MacMillan: A New Song
  • MacRae: Adam lay y-bounden
  • Mahler: Symphony No 4
  • Orff: Carmina Burana
  • Sibelius: Karelia Suite
  • Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 5
  • Stravinsky: Concertino for 12 instruments
  • Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka
  • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
  • Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
  • Weber: Der Freischütz overture
  • Webern: Concerto Op 24
  • Yeadon, Joseph: "Ummm.... (can't think what to call it!)"
Workshops

In facilitating workshops, Alistair Warwick provides an enriching opportunity for those using music.

Additionally, for those involved in music in the life of the Church, he offers an approach that develops sensitivity, spirituality and understanding.

Practical skills training available
  • cantors / animateurs
  • choir trainers
  • choir directors
  • organists
  • other keyboard players
  • music groups
Services include
  • Repertoire workshops for parish communities
  • Choral workshops
  • Reflection on the role of music in worship
What people say
  • Many thanks once again for your wonderful support today. It was quite a marathon but we all learned something from it and we have received very positive feedback.
Organist

Alistair Warwick first played the organ aged 10 at Christ Church, Sidcup. He later studied the organ with Janet McCleery, Andrew Millington, Peter Hurford and Matthew Beetschen.

Churches in which he has played include the following:

Austria
  • Innsbruck, ...
France
  • Boulogne Cathedral (liturgy)
  • Lourdes, Pius X Basilica (liturgy)
  • Lourdes, St Bernadette (liturgy)
  • Paris, Notre Dame (choir organ)
Norway
  • Oslo, St Edmund's (concert)
England
  • Arundel Cathedral (Director of Music – liturgy, concerts and recitals)
  • Arundel, St Nicholas (liturgy)
  • Cambridge, St Catherine's College (organ lessons)
  • Cambridge, Clare College (organ lessons)
  • Chislehurst, St Aidan, Edgebury (Organist – liturgy)
  • Clapham South, St Bede (liturgy)
  • Cockermouth, All Saints (liturgy)
  • Crawley Friary (liturgy)
  • Crayford, St Mary of the Crays (weddings)
  • Eltham, Christ Church Priory (Easter Vigil)
  • Forest Hill, St William of York (liturgy)
  • Grasmere, St Oswald (liturgy)
  • Guildford Cathedral (liturgy)
  • Guildford, St Nicolas (recital)
  • Littlehampton, St Joseph's Convent (liturgy)
  • Mottingham, Our Lady Help of Christians (weddings)
  • New Eltham, All Saints (liturgy)
  • Petworth, Sacred Heart (weddings)
  • Sayers Common, Priory of Our Lady (Live BBC Radio broadcast: The Promise of his Glory)
  • Sidcup, Christ Church (services)
  • Sidcup, St Lawrence (liturgy)
  • Southwark, St George's Cathedral (Launch of Churches Together in England)
  • Sutton Park, St Edward (Live BBC Radio broadcast)
  • Weybridge, Christ the Prince of Peace (Confirmation liturgies)
  • Winchester, St Peter (liturgy)
  • Woking, St Dunstan (liturgy)
  • Wonersh, St John's Seminary (Organist – liturgy)
  • Worth Abbey (Organist – liturgy, concerts)
Scotland
  • Alloa, St Mungo's Catholic Church (liturgy)
  • Alloa, St Mungo's Church of Scotland (services)
  • Blairdrummond, Parish Church (services)
  • Bridge of Allan, St Saviour (liturgy)
  • Clackmannan, Parish Church (services)
  • Dollar, St James the Great (liturgy)
  • Doune, St Modoc's (liturgy)
  • Dunblane Cathedral (services)
  • Dunblane, St Blane (services)
  • Dunblane, St Mary (Organist – liturgy)
  • Edinburgh, Canongate Kirk (practice)
  • Edinburgh, St Mary's Metroplitan Cathedral (practice)
  • Gargunnock, Parish Church (services)
  • Killin, Parish Church (services)
  • Pluscarden Abbey (practice)
  • Stirling, Allan Park South (services)
  • Stirling, Church of the Holy Rude (services)
  • Stirling, Holy Trinity (Director of Music – liturgy)

And there are many other churches yet to be explored…

Repertoire

His repertoire ranges from alternatim Mass and Magnificat settings (from English, French and Spanish schools), to 21st-century works.

What people say
  • Thanks, that was terrific!
  • …thank you for the lovely music which contributed so much to the atmosphere and helped to make the service special. We really appreciated your contribution…
  • The family were really thrilled with the music… Thanks for all your help/guidance as ever.
  • "Instrument king"
    The organ was played so delicately … at Arundel Cathedral [where] Alistair Warwick … took us on a short European tour of the king of instruments. Once again, the audience was privileged. (Arun News)
  • I loved the Messiaen!
Recordings

 

Recordings

Alistair Warwick has participated in many CD recordings and TV and radio broadcasts as conductor, organist, producer or assistant sound engineer (also in many others as a singer).

Record companies include Herald AV Publications and Ocean Records.

The particular role he has played in the following recordings is noted.

Television & Radio

Celebration for the launch of Churches Together in England (ITV)
organist

The Promise of His Glory (BBC1 live)
organist

Christmas Morning Mass from Arundel Cathedral (ITV live)
conductor

Easter Sunday Mass from Arundel Cathedral (BBC1 live)
conductor

Remembrance Day Service from Dunblane Cathedral (BBC Radio Scotland)
associate conductor

Herald

Alistair Warwick's work for Herald AV Publications has been in several roles, ranging from music director to sound engineer and producer.

The following discs feature world-famous musicians, including Mary Berry, David Hill, James O'Donnell, Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and were recorded at a number of venues, including Abbey Road, Canterbury, Ely and Winchester cathedrals and St George's Chapel, Windsor.

You can buy these Herald CDs – and more – from Amazon by clicking on the appropriate link.

Find other choral music at Amazon.

What is our life? cover

Byrd, de La Rue, Gombert, Josquin, Ramsey, Weelkes etc.:
What is our Life?
Cambridge Taverner Choir / Owen Rees
executive producer
> buy this CD from Amazon

By Special Arrangement cover

Bach, Barber, Chopin, Delius, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Widor etc.:
By Special Arrangement: Familiar tunes in fresh guises
The Rodolfus Choir / Ralph Allwood & Ben Parry
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

Mass of the Annunciation cover

Gregorian Chant:
Mass of the Annunciation
James O'Donnell / Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge / Mary Berry
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

The Ceremony of the Shepherds and Midnight Mass cover

Gregorian Chant:
The Ceremony of the Shepherds & Midnight Mass
Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge / Mary Berry
assistant sound engineer

The Ceremony of the Shepherds and Midnight Mass cover

 

Gregorian Chant from Canterbury Cathedral:
The Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge / Mary Berry
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Chants for St Benedict CD

 

Gregorian Chant, Philip Gaisford OSB & others:
Chants for St Benedict
The Benedictine Monks of Worth Abbey
(as featured in BBC Television's "The Monastery")
conductor
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Midnight Mass for Queen Mary Tudor CD

 

Gregorian Chant, John Sheppard:
Midnight Mass for Queen Mary Tudor
Musica Contexta / Simon Ravens
executive producer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Twelve Anthems CD

 

Francis Grier:
Twelve Anthems (premier recording)
The Rodolfus Choir / Ralph Allwood
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Songs of Farewell CD

 

C Hubert H Parry:
Songs of Farewell
The Rodolfus Choir / Ralph Allwood
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Seven Organ Pieces CD

 

Max Reger:
Seven Organ Pieces Op 145
Roger Judd
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of O Captain! My Captain! CD

 

Stephen Watson:
O Captain! My Captain! (premier recording)
London Philharmonic Orchestra / David Angus
executive producer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of O Captain! My Captain! CD

 

Arthur Wills:
The Praises of the Trinity (premier recording)
Ely Cathedral Choir / Paul Trepte
producer

>not currently available from Amazon
find other choral music at Amazon

 

various composers:
Anthems
St Thomas-on-the-Bourne Choir / David Swinson
producer

 

various composers:
Hymns from the Westminster Hymnal
Worth Abbey Choir / Michael Oakley
producer

 

various composers:
Kindle a Flame
Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage / Anne Ward & Mike Carver
assistant producer

cover of Winchester Cathedral Organs CD

 

various composers:
Winchester Cathedral Organs
David Hill and Stephen Farr
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Hymns and Psalms from Winchester CD

 

various composers:
Hymns and Psalms from Winchester
Winchester Cathedral Choir / David Hill
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

cover of Among the Leaves so Green CD

 

various composers and arrangers:
Among the Leaves so Green: English and Scottish Folk-Songs
The Rodolfus Choir / Ralph Allwood
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

 

various composers:
Here in this Place (Music from Worth Abbey)
Worth Abbey Lay Community
conductor & producer

cover of The Organ of St Georges, Windsor CD

 

various composers:
The Organ of St George’s, Windsor
Roger Judd
assistant sound engineer
> buy this CD from Amazon

Ocean Records

Tsunami Ride record sleeve

John Warwick and Steve le Hardy:
Too far by far / If I had (premier recording)
Tsunami Ride
keyboards, backing vocals, brass & choir arranger
(Ocean Records: OCEAN 1)

 

Other labels

 

John Mundy (ed. Lynne Weston):
In te Domine, speravi (premier recording)
University of Surrey Chamber Choir
director

 

Paul McNamara, Simon Caplehorn, Paul Jelliman, Clare Lowe:
Peruvia / Peruvia (Latin mix) (premier recording)
The Planets
technical support – along with Tony Bridson
(Music Lab Records: MLR 02-A)

Take up the Song sleeve

various composers:
Take up the Song:
Hymns, Songs and Psalms from
Church Hymnary 4
This double CD contains 40 songs taken from the four main sections of the Church Hymnary:
Psalms, The Living God, Life in Christ, The Holy Spirit.
It includes a number of items performed by
The Choir of Dunblane Cathedral
Matthew Beetschen organ
Alistair Warwick conductor
> buy this CD from Amazon.co.uk

Engraving and typesetting
Music engraving

Details of music engraving and typesetting by Alistair Warwick for The Art of Music can be found here.

They include projects for:

  • Papal Visit (Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to UK in 2010)
  • Common Worship (Church House Publishing)
  • The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years (Yale)
  • Music for Common Worship (The Royal School of Church Music)
  • Hymns for Prayer and Praise (The Panel of Monastic Musicians)
  • The Play of Daniel (Plainsong and Medieval Music Society)

and hundreds of chants for Worth Abbey (Worth Abbey Music)

Typesetting

Book typesetting projects include:

  • Music in Welsh History Before 1650 (Ashgate)
  • Bearers of Song (University of Wales Press)
  • Welsh Music History VII (University of Wales Press)
Design work

includes publicity leaflets for:

  • Corbridge Chamber Music Festival
  • Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
  • Early English Organ Project
  • Goldberg Ensemble
  • Gould Piano Trio
  • Ludlow Organ Recitals
Website design and development
Alistair Warwick has designed and developed websites for:

More details can be found at The Typehouse:
helping small businesses to grow through professional design

Research
Masters dissertation on the Dunkeld Music Book

Alistair Warwick received a distinction for his Masters dissertation in Music at the University of Surrey on the Dunkeld Music Book (otherwise known as the Dowglas-Fischer or Lincluden Partbooks – GB-EdU MS 64).

In the Dunkeld Music Book is an anonymous motet for eight voices, Te Sanctum Dominum. As a result of his research Alistair Warwick has provisionally identified Nicholas Gombert as the composer of this work. A critical edition of the prima pars appears in the dissertation.

Other research
  • work on Gregorian chant
  • parody technique (especially in Victoria's Missa O magnum mysterium)
  • the Wode Partbooks
  • performance issues in Monteverdi's Vespers
  • the use of inegalité (both in French Baroque and possible use in the music of JS Bach)
  • attitudes to the Victorian Organ (especially relating to the 1893 William Hill organ at Arundel Cathedral)
  • the identity and nature of music, and especially of sacred music
  • notions of the outsider – in society, in music, and in worship
Writing

Alistair's published writing includes articles, contributions to other works, his MMus dissertation, references in other works, and reviews.

Articles

  • The Psalms
    Faith Alive – The Universe (1986)
    An article on historic and liturgical use of the psalms in the liturgy.

  • Herald Triumph!
    The Wire (1995)
    – online at www.heraldav.co.uk (2000)
    – reprinted in Newsletter of The Association of Latin Liturgy (September 2003)
    An account of the recording of Dupré's Les Vêpres de la Vierge Op. 18.

  • Choir-training notes
    Bulletin of Panel of Monastic Musicians (1999)
    – reprinted in Music & Liturgy (2000)
    Following a workshop at the Panel of Monastic Musicians 1998 residential course, this article explores rehearsal and warm-up techniques, particularly directed at monks and nuns who sing the Mass and the Office daily.

  • Just Treble-makers?
    Church Music Quarterly
    (July 1999)
    An introduction to the Voice for Life choir-training programme.

  • Gregorian Chant sung in Latin
    Church Music Quarterly
    (September 2003)
    – reprinted in The Church Times (June 2004)
    The title of this article immediately poses the question: why sing in Latin, when our services are in our own language? For that matter, we might well ask if our services are in English/Welsh/whatever, since we actually use a ritual language rather than that spoken in everyday use. More …

  • Musick fyne: Scottish Church Music up to 1603
    Church Music Quarterly (June 2005)

    We are very familiar with the names of William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, perhaps also with those of Robert Parsons, Christopher Tye and John Shepherd. But what about those from England's neighbours? While the names of many English composers trip off the tongue, until recently it has been harder to name many composers writing music for the Scottish Church. More …

  • Mind the Gap
    Choir & Organ (January/February 2007)
    Interviewed by Maggie Hamilton, deputy editor of Choir and Organ, about gap-year study for organists and choral scholars. The Sacred Music Studies course from the University of Wales, Bangor and the Royal School of Church Music fills the gap nicely.

    "…There have been some exciting and unexpected results already, with students looking at what they're doing in a new light and developing their practice. I certainly wish that when I was a cathedral director of music that this course had been available; if it had, I'd have approached it more confidently – and achieved much more."

Contributions to other works

  • New editions of Marbeck 'Nicene Creed' and 'Sanctus' in Music for Common Worship I (RSCM Press, 1999). These editions for the new Common Worship texts reflect Marbeck's original notation, breathing new life into this music.
  • New editions of Pergolesi 'Stabat mater' (two movements) and Dering: 'Gaudent in caelis' in Songs for Life 2:(RSCM Press, 2002)
  • Voice for Life: Choir Trainer's Book and four Singer's Workbooks (RSCM Press, 1998-2004)
    In addition to being a co-author for this acclaimed choral scheme, he launched the RSCM's Voice for Life scheme with Esther Jones and John Wardle at the 1999 conference of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD).
  • Sacred Music Studies: Choir Director skills workbook (RSCM, 2004)

MMus Dissertation

References in other works

Reviews

Compositions and arrangements

Various choral pieces and psalm settings have been composed for use at Arundel Cathedral and elsewhere.

Some of these will be published by The Art of Music.

SATB arrangement and descant for Coe Fen
"How shall I sing that majesty".

This wonderful hymn was written for unison singing. Many people have looked for a choir version complete with descant, and one is now available.

This choral arrangement was first sung at the RSCM Scotland 2006 Triennial Festival at St Michael's, Linlithgow on 4 November 2006.

It was featured in a choral-reading session with David Briggs, formerly of Gloucester Cathedral, at the 12th Annual East Carolina Religious Arts Festival held from January 24-26, 2008 and in the RSCM Australia Summer School in January 2011, directed by Matthew Owens.

Over 1500 copies have been bought by choirs from all round the world.

You can buy it from

Diary

 

2010 onwards – see calendar above

 

archive

2008

16 March conductor Rosenethe Singers concert
Holy Rude, Stirling
20 April singer Stirling City Choir concert
Holy Rude, Stirling
27 April conductor Choral Evensong
St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen
15 June organist St Mary's, Dunblane
22 June conductor Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
Cathedral Hall, Dunblane
02 July organist St Mary's, Dunblane
06 July organist Holy Rude, Stirling
13 July organist Holy Rude, Stirling
20 July organist Alloa Parish Church
27 July organist Alloa Parish Church
28 July –
01 August
tutor Sacred Music Studies
– residential study week at Bangor University
10 August organist Dunblane Cathedral
11–13 August presenter RSCM International Summer School, Canterbury
17 August organist St Blane's, Dunblane
31 August organist Allan Park South, Stirling
14 September organist St Saviour's, Bridge of Allan
21 September organist Allan Park South, Stirling
21 September director Exploring Music, Ministry and Worship
Dunblane Cathedral
21 September director Plainsong Workshop and Compline,
Dunblane Cathedral
27 September organist St Mary's, Dunblane
28 September organist St Mary's, Dunblane
19 October organist St Mary's, Dunblane
01 November director RSCM Dunblane Singing Day
St Mary's, Dunblane
9 November conductor Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
Victoria Hall, Dunblane
16 November organist St Mary's, Dunblane
21 December organist Alloa Parish Church
21 December conductor Carol Service
St Mary's, Dunblane
28 December organist Holy Rude, Stirling

2009

11 January organist St Mary's, Dunblane
15 January organist St Mary's, Dunblane
21 January director Christian Unity Week Service and Welcome for Carol Stobie,
new Director of Scottish Churches House
01 March organist St Mary's, Dunblane
06 March pianist World Day of Prayer, Scottish Churches House
12 April organist St Blane's, Dunblane
24 April organist St Mary's, Dunblane
25 April participant Musica Scotica conference, RSAMD, Glasgow
26 April organist St Saviour's, Bridge of Allan
03 May organist Allan Park South, Stirling
09 May examiner St Andrew's Singing Awards (RSCM), Glasgow Cathedral
10 May organist Allan Park South, Stirling
10 May organist St Blane's, Dunblane
23 May director St Mary's, Dunblane
28 May director Installation of Revd Kimberly Bohan as Rector
St Mary's Church, Dunblane
06 June coordinator
(& timpanist)
RSCM Scotland Triennial Festival, St Columba's Cathedral, Oban
13 June examiner RSCM Gold award examinations, Wolverhampton
20 June organist St Mary's, Dunblane
28 June conductor Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
04 July organist St Mary's, Dunblane
12 July organist St Blane's, Dunblane
18 July organist St Mary's, Dunblane
19 July organist St Mary's, Dunblane
26 July organist St Mary's, Dunblane
02 August organist Holy Rude, Stirling
09 August organist Allan Park South, Stirling
16 August organist Allan Park South, Stirling
23 August organist Allan Park South, Stirling
30 August organist Allan Park South, Stirling
01-03 September presenter Symposium on Scottish Music "Towards a New Narrative"
Pluscarden Abbey
06 September organist St Mary's, Dunblane
20 September organist Blair Drummond and Gargunnock churches
20 September harpsichord Dunblane Chamber Orchestra concert
04 October director Music repertory workshop for congregational singing
St Mary's, Dunblane
11 October presenter Exploring Music, Worship and Ministry
St Saviour's Church, Bridge of Allan
11 October director Come and Sing Compline
St Saviour's Church, Bridge of Allan
17 October organist St Mary's, Dunblane
15 November organist Allan Park South, Stirling
15 November director Choral Workshop & Evensong
St Peter's, Peebles
22 November organist Allan Park South, Stirling
28 November examiner RSCM Gold award examinations, Edinburgh
29 November director St Mary's, Dunblane
5 December conductor Stirling University Choir concert
Mozart: Ave verum corpus, Masonic Funeral Music, Requiem;
Lassus: Justorum animae
6 December organist Blairdrummond Parish Church
Gargunnock Parish Church
13 December organist St Mary's, Dunblane
20 December director St Mary's, Dunblane
Carol Service

 

What people say
  • "…thank you for all you've done with the Choir at Arundel and for the Diocese over these past years – I am really very grateful."

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor,
recently Archbishop of Westminster

  • " 'Thank you' seems a terribly inadequate way to express our gratitude for your wonderful contribution to our wedding – you did so much with so many people / events, and a large number of people said to us how much they had enjoyed meeting you, working with you, and/or having you to stay!"
  • "Great admiration for your work with the cast of assorted musicians [at St Barnabas' Church, Ottawa, Canada] …"
  • "…thank you for the lovely music which contributed so much to the atmosphere and helped to make the service special. We really appreciated your contribution…"
  • "the family were really thrilled with the music… Thanks for all your help/guidance as ever."

 

"Instrument king
The organ was played so delicately … at Arundel Cathedral … Alistair Warwick … took us on a short European tour of the king of instruments. Once again, the audience was privileged."

Arun News

 

Media kit

Here you can find biographies of Alistair Warwick.
Download high resolution image of Alistair Warwick (JPG 4Mb – Photo: Elaine Hill)

Biography – longer version (c.300 words)

Alistair Warwick has a passion for enabling people of all abilities to make music. As a teenager, he led a number of music ensembles, and was rewarded by a scholarship from the Bexley Music School to study conducting with Bryan Fairfax to learn how to do it properly! Later studies included work with Sebastian Forbes, Alasdair Mitchell, Owen Rees and Nicholas Conran, with whom he also studied Feldenkrais, and participation in choral-direction masterclasses with Mike Brewer, Stephen Cleobury and David Hill.

Theology and liturgy studies led to five years' pastoral work in South London, three years as Organist at Worth Abbey (as featured in the BBC TV series 'The Monastery'). Whilst at Worth, Bishop (now Cardinal) Cormac Murphy-O'Connor appointed him as Director of Music and Master of the Choristers at Arundel Cathedral, where he started the flourishing junior choir. During these ten years, he also worked closely with parishes in the diocese, helping them to be more confident and effective in their music-making.

Alistair has worked more than 12 years with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in various fields of church music, including music engraving, publishing, educational development (including co-author of Voice for Life and Programme Director for Sacred Music Studies). Having returned to Scotland in 2002, he is the RSCM's National Coordinator for Scotland.

He has been Conductor of Stirling University Choir since 2009, and has been guest conductor with Rosenethe Singers several times. In 2008 he founded the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, and conducted their first three concerts.

In April 2012 he was appointed Director of Music at Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling.

He has BMus and MMus degrees from Surrey University, specialising in conducting and 16th-century Scottish music, especially the music in the Dowglas-Fisher Partbooks.

As well as enabling music through teaching and performance, he has engraved thousands of pages of music for projects including the Papal Visit to Scotland and England in 2010, Common Worship, and Hymns for Prayer and Praise.

alistairwarwick.com / theartofmusic.com

Biography – shorter version (c.225 words)

Alistair Warwick has a passion for enabling people of all abilities to make music. As a teenager, he led a number of music ensembles, and was rewarded by a scholarship to learn how to do it properly! Later studies included work with Sebastian Forbes, Alasdair Mitchell and Owen Rees, and participation in choral-direction masterclasses with Mike Brewer, Stephen Cleobury and David Hill.

He has been Conductor of Stirling University Choir since 2009.

Theology and liturgy studies led to five years' pastoral work in South London, three years as Organist at Worth Abbey. Whilst at Worth, he was appointed as Director of Music at Arundel Cathedral, where he started the flourishing junior choir. During these ten years, he also worked closely with parishes in the diocese, helping them to be more confident and effective in their music-making. He is now Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Stirling.

Alistair has worked more than ten years with the RSCM, including publishing and educational development (Voice for Life and Sacred Music Studies). He is currently Co-ordinator for Scotland, having returned here in 2002.

He has BMus and MMus degrees from Surrey University, specialising in conducting and 16th-century Scottish music, especially the music in the Dowglas-Fisher Partbooks.

As well as enabling music through teaching and performance, he has engraved thousands of pages of music for projects including the Papal Visit to Scotland and England in 2010, Common Worship, and Hymns for Prayer and Praise.

alistairwarwick.com / theartofmusic.com

Contact

You can contact Alistair Warwick at:

Address: 51 Blackfaulds Street, Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire, FK13 6JS, Scotland

Telephone: +44 (0)1259 753868

Email: info(at)alistairwarwick.com

 

 

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