on Friday, 21 March 2014. Posted in Archive

Recalling The Passion of Christ, Accompanied by Some of The Most Beautiful Sacred Works Ever Written


The Choir of The Academy will be leading a celebration of Tenebrae in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, on 3rd April (7.30p.m.)

As part of the Church's lenten programme, the evening will feature a selection of Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories, followed by Allegri's Miserere (which are intended as preparation for the remainder of the Sacred Triduum, focusing on Christ's suffering). 

The evening will conclude with Arvo Part’s Stabat Mater, on the sufferings of Our Lady at the foot of the Cross - this is one of the most beautiful pieces of sacred music ever written.  The soloists will be Malcolm Bennett (Tenor), Richard Pratt (Alto), and 15 year old Academy student Rosie Lavery (Soprano) (pictured), accompanied by Aaron MacGregor (Violin), Emma Peebles (Viola) and (Cello).

The evening provides an opportunity, open to all, to reflect on Christ’s Passion in the most profound and moving context, as we prepare for the remainder of The Sacred Triduum.  


AOSM Soprano Appointed RSNO Young Ambassador

on Monday, 17 November 2014. Posted in Archive

AOSM Soprano Appointed RSNO Young Ambassador

Rosie Lavery, a student of The Academy of Sacred Music since it's inception, has been chosen as the RSNO Young Ambassador for the Glasgow area.

Following her recent solo role for The Academy of Sacred Music - alongside a professional trio and acclaimed counter-tenor, Malcolm Bennett - in a performance of Arvo Part's Stabat Mater, in Glasgow, Rosie is delighted to be engaged in this role for the RSNO.

Having recently attended a deeply moving performance by the RNSO, A French Feast, Rosie commented on the rich vein of beauty within the Programme, and the subtle and perfectly-balanced performance of the Orchestra, which, as she put it: “had the effect of raising the spirit of all in attendance”.

The power of music to convey beauty reflects one of the founding principles of The Academy of Sacred Music and we are therefore delighted that she has been chosen to engage a new generation of young people in Glasgow in the activities of such a distinguished Orchestra.

We have no doubt that this can only benefit Rosie, and The Academy, given that she will have the opportunity to experience, in close quarters, the preparation and performance of some of the most beautiful music ever written.




Easter Performance of Handel's Messiah

on Saturday, 27 February 2016. Posted in Archive

Easter Performance of Handel's Messiah


Following our acclaimed world premiere of Michael O’Sullivan’s Stabat Mater, The Academy of Sacred Music is returning with an intimate setting of Messiah, one of the best-loved (and most frequently performed) sacred works.

Giving George Bernard Shaw his wish – returning to Messiah as Handel originally set it (and as Mozart later re-set) – this performance will feature “a capable chorus of twenty singers” (circa 28 in this case) to draw out the intensely subtle, and almost entirely Biblical, narrative.

Timed to coincide with its first performance – which took place in Eastertide, 1742 – The Academy has teamed up with Conductor Julian Hodgson to bring Messiah back to its roots: a musical account of Salvation history, centred on Christ as its fulfilment, performed after Easter by a small chorus and orchestra.

This reflects one of our primary aims: to perform authentic interpretations of both popular and lesser-known sacred works, focusing on the depth of the works and their true meaning, as evident in recent performances of Pärt’s Stabat Mater, Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Faure’s Requiem.

This performance will also showcase the talents of six of our outstanding young singers (all aged 17), Daniel Barrett (Baritone), Holly Garrick (Soprano), Rosie Lavery (Soprano), Neil Macdonald (Bass), Mhairi MacKenzie (Mezzo), and Niamh McKendrick (Soprano), in addition to AOSM Graduate Lorna Murray, who will perform a selection of the solo arias, backed by professional orchestra and experienced tenor, Malcolm Bennett, and bass, George Gordon.

The performance Interval will be in the Eyre Hall, within the office of the Archdiocese of Glasgow (adjacent to the Cathedral).

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Recollecting The Passion - St. Aloysius Church

on Tuesday, 08 April 2014. Posted in Archive

Recollecting The Passion - St. Aloysius Church

The Academy was privileged to take part in a recent Lenten evening, Recollecting The Passion, in the beautiful setting and acoustic of St. Aloysius Church, Garnethill, Glasgow.

The austere event featured a selection of Tomás Luis de Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories, which are a reflection on the events leading up to Christ's Passion.  This was followed by Arvo Part's Stabat Mater, a modern masterpiece, and Gregorio Allegri's Miserere (which is traditionally performed after the Responsories.)  

The evening featured a number of notable solo performances, both vocal and instrumental, including by 15 year old Academy student, Rosie Lavery.  The Responsories and Miserere were conducted by Academy Director, Joan Dillon, with Academy repetiteur, Robert Simans, conducting the Stabat Mater.

Opera Excerpts - Review

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Archive

Opera Excerpts - Review

The Academy of Sacred Music's Opera Excerpts, which were held at Adelaides on Bath Street, were a great success, and a celebration of our talented young singers.

Featuring an array of excerpts, from operas including Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Semele  and The Magic Flute,  the show was greatly enjoyed, both by the audience,  and the performers

Many students of the Academy show talent, not only in singing, but in acting also. This was evident in the quality of the individual acts.