Alistair Warwick conducting Stirling University Choir

Alistair Warwick

enabling musicians : enabling music

Alistair's passion is making music and enabling people of all abilities to make music

He is

With Bachelors and Masters degrees in music (specialising in conducting and early Scottish music, he continues to explore music, theology and liturgy.

In 2015 he was awarded Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music (ARSCM) for services of national significance for music and liturgy in England and Scotland.

Some forthcoming events

  • Sun 19 Aug, 3pm
    Musick's Delight – Organ recital, with Ulrike Wutscher (mezzo-soprano)
    St Mary's Episcopal Church, Aberfoyle
  • Sat 25 Aug, 5.30pm
    Come & Sing Fauré's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, with Ian Munro and Kilmarnock and District Choral Union
    Kay Park Parish Church, Kilmarnock
  • Sun 16 Sep, 6pm
    Choral Evensong
    Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
  • Sun 2 Dec, 7.30pm
    Stirling University Choir & Stirling Orchestra
    • Handel: Zadok the Priest
    • Orff: Carmina Burana
    Albert Halls, Stirling

Skills

Current work

  • Director of Music, Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
  • Conductor, Stirling University Choir
  • Conductor, RHET Factor Choir
  • Gold Award singing examiner & sessional tutor for RSCM
  • Organ Advisor, Scottish Churches Organists' Training Scheme (SCOTS)

Previous work

  • Programme Director for Sacred Music Studies, RSCM & Bangor University
  • National Co-ordinator for Scotland for the Royal School of Church Music
  • Director of Music, Arundel Cathedral
  • Organist, Worth Abbey
  • Founder, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
  • Pastoral work in South London
  • Working with small instrumental groups
    (including Tsunami Ride: we got to #187 in the charts!)
Alistair Warwick is a full member ('Fellow') of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

 

Other services

Conducting

Alistair is Conductor of the Stirling University Choir (2009 to date)

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

He has conducted the Rosenethe Singers in concert (December 2006, March 2008 and May 2010), as well as taking full and sectional rehearsals

What people say

  • John Rutter's captivating 'Requiem' [was] sensitively and movingly performed by the 70 strong choir of students, staff and members of the local community… The choir has come on by leaps and bounds since its formation in 1971 and on Saturday’s showing is one to watch
  • The balance, rhythm and vocal quality were striking – and I could feel the audience around me respond
  • There were moments when it was hard to realise that this was an amateur orchestra
  • It was inspirational to choose Mackenzie's 'Benedictus'

Repertoire is listed here


Organist

Alistair first played the organ at the age of 10, at Christ Church, Sidcup. He later had lessons with Janet McCleery, Andrew Millington, Peter Hurford and Matthew Beetschen

Current study with Philip Sawyer in Edinburgh includes repertoire and figured-bass realisation

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

What people say

  • Thank you so much for playing the organ so superbly last night. It was a really uplifting service, and you helped so much to make it so.
  • …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…

Repertoire and Organs played can be seen here


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 PartbooksGB-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 (the first of two sections) appears in the dissertation.

Other research

  • 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 J S 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

Published articles include:


Contact

You can contact Alistair Warwick at:
Ardarroch, Glen Road, Dunblane, FK15 0GY, Scotland
+44 (0)1786 823000 | +44 (0)7792 566349
hello(at)alistairwarwick.com