Cunninghame Choir

Cunninghame Choir


Cunninghame Choir - Who is...?

Committee, Session 2023-2024

  • President - Janet Barr
  • Vice President - Brian Murphy
  • Secretary/Data Protection - Brian Murphy 
  • Treasurer - Kate Bailey
  • Librarian - Trevor Brawn                 
  • Making Music Rep - Karen Strachan
  • Beith Community Association Rep - Karen Strachan            
  • Website/Social Media - Lynsey McCloy
  • Concert Promotion - tbc
  • Ordinary member - Mies Murphy

Maciej Granat - Music Director (2023 -

Maciej Granat is a Polish pianist and composer; based in Glasgow he often performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and across Europe. He has toured the USA several times and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Achieving a Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Maciej was also the recipient of its prestigious Emergent Artist programme and held the Young Artist in Residence post.

Maciej has been composing since his early teenage years. His pieces have been performed during the Silesian Tribune of Composers and the Musical Arcades Festival. His 'Distant nocturne' op.30 was premiered during the Levoca Piano Festival in Slovakia, and his 'Requiem' op.36 performed by the Cunninghame Choir in 2015. A suite for piano, four hands, titled 'The Magic of Atlantis', was commis-sioned and performed by The Scholtes-Janssens Piano Duo for the Amsterdam Piano Duo festival in 2017.

Maciej wrote his most personal work, Requiem, in memory of is late aunt and piano teacher from the age of four.  He wrote it with Cunninghame Choir in mind and it was an emotional performance for composer and choir in our 2014 In Memoriam concert.  A further performance took place the same summer as part of Glasgow's West End Festival, and a recording of this performance is available to view on our Concerts page. 

Commissioned to mark Cunninghame Choir’s 40th Anniversary, Maciej composed The First Toll, a dramatic large-scale choral piece with string quartet and piano accompaniment. It set to music text by local 19th Century poet, Andrew Aitken, and premiered in May 2019. In the same year Maciej became the Musical Director of The Avenues Singers, a Glasgow-based chamber choir.

Isobel Burnie, Acompanist (2023 - 

Isobel, a retired music teacher, moved from Moray to Ayrshire last year. She taught from nursery age children to sixth form in Aberdeen, Devon and Moray as well as playing for local music societies, operatic societies, choirs and exam students.  She has competed in, and won, the Lieder classes at the music festivals in Aberdeen and Moray as well as accompanying singers, instrumentalists and choirs competing in an assortment of classes.

 Having been rehearsal pianist for 2 years she took over as Musical Director of Elgin Operatic Society (now Elgin Musical Theatre) for 14 years.  For 26 years she trained the Elgin part of the Grampian Hospitals’ Choir in preparation for Christmas Concerts in Elgin and Aberdeen in aid of CLIC Sargent (now Young Lives Versus Cancer) as well as acting as accompanist in the concerts in Elgin and Aberdeen. For many years Isobel played piano in Moray group, 4 in a bar, arranging many of the pieces they performed.

While living in Moray she co-founded and accompanied Moray Youth Choir and Glen Moray Male Voice Choir.  Isobel is also a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and since moving to Ayrshire has joined Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra.

Cunninghame Choir, Registered Scottish Charity SCO 001136
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