enabling musicians : enabling music
Alistair's passion is enabling people of all abilities to make music.
- Conductor of the Stirling University Choir
- Organist & Director of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Stirling
- Conductor of the newly-formed RHET Factor Choir
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.
- RSCM Coordinator for Scotland
- Conductor, Stirling University Choir
- Director of Music, Holy Trinity Church, Stirling
- Conductor, RHET Factor Choir
- Gold Award singing examiner for RSCM
- Organ Advisor, Scottish Churches Organists' Training Scheme (SCOTS)
- Programme Director for Sacred Music Studies, RSCM & Bangor University
- 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!)
- The Art of Music (music and typesetting services)
- Music for The Papal Visit to Scotland and England in 2010
- Music for Common Worship
- Hymns for Prayer & Praise – Full Music and Melody editions
- Early English Church Music (Ladymass)
- original scores and publications
- SATB & descant for Coe Fen (How shall I sing that majesty)
- The Typehouse
- website design and development
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'
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…
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 (the first of two sections) appears in the dissertation.
- 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
Published articles include:
- Gregorian Chant in Latin
- Musick Fyne: Scottish Church Music up to 1603
- Just Treble Makers? Introduction to the RSCM's Voice for Life choir-training programme
- Herald Triumph! The recording of Dupré's 'Les Vépres de la Vierge' Op. 18 in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
- The Psalms – the historic and liturgical use of the psalms in the liturgy