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Martyn Bennett - Mackay's Memoirs
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Martyn Bennett - Mackay's Memoirs

by Martyn Bennett

Performed by The City of Edinburgh Music School Chamber Orchestra conducted by Susan Emslie.

Martyn Bennett's composition for pipes, clarsach and orchestra was written for the students of the City of Edinburgh Music School and in honour of the late Dr. Kenneth A Mackay of Badenoch. A beautiful piece of work that was first performed in 1999 at the opening of the Scottish Parliament by Broughton High School. It was then recorded the morning after Martyn's death by the young people of Broughton High who never knew that Martyn had passed away, the news being kept back until after the recording. This is Martyn's final recorded work.

The CD is dedicated to Martyn Bennett - a passionate and innovative genius, a generous warm soul, and a true friend. Martyn died on 30th January 2005, following a long struggle with cancer.

Based around the theme and first variation of the piobaireachd 'Lament For Mary MacLeod', it explores the possibilities of pipe music as a basis for contemporary music. It was named Mackay's Memoirs after reading Dr Mackay's medical and personal journals written during his post as Free Church of Scotland missionary general practitioner in Moyobamba, Peru.

Martyn Bennett writes " I was very fortunate to have met Kenneth shortly before his death and managed to receive a couple of lessons from him concerning Ceol Mor (literally the 'Big Music' or piobaireachd as it is more commonly known.) I played 'Lament For Mary MacLeod' to him as it was one of his favourites and he had a brilliant mind for structures and form of which piobaireachd can be highly complex. He held the music of the pipes to be charged with the emotions of the landscape and was especially moved by the music of the Hebrides. I am very honoured to have been asked to write this piece for the talented students of The City Of Edinburgh Music School and I hope that most of all this is an apt celebration of youth that will see our heritage firmly united for generations to come."

1. Mackay's Memoirs ….Martyn Bennett
2. Mackay's Memoirs Remix……Dolphin Boy.

Violin1. Hanna Read, Emma Lloyd, Katherine Stewart, Scott Galbraith, Mairi Tully, Catriona Hewison, Orna Gilchrist, Emily Carr.

Violin 2. Sarah Kelly, Megan Tuohy, David lloyd, Lisa Robertson, Martin Galbraith, Rose Jamieson, Sarah-Jane Service, Jonathan Stewart

Viola:  Dharma Kim, Lewis Kelly, Jan Anderson

Cello:  Sarah Spence, Sean Shibe, Emma Turley

Double Bass: Ishmael Florit

Trombone: Andrew Barker, Chris Wheeler

Piano:  Chris Lyons 

Timpani: Tom Leer

Clarsach:  Mairi Macleod

Pipes:  Ben Duncan

Mr McFall's Chamber:-

Violin:  Greg Lawson

Violin:  Robert McFall

Viola:  Brian Schiele

Cello:  Su-a Lee

Live Drums: Tom Bancroft, James Macintosh

Narration Dr. Eric Mackay (son of Dr. Kenneth Mackay)



Media Reviews

I strongly recommend that you buy this. It is a fantastic piece. Direach sgoinneil indeed.
Title: I strongly recommend that you buy this. It is a fantastic piece. Direach sgoinneil indeed.
Source: Gastaman - Foot Stompin' Forum
Get hold of this great piece.
Title: Get hold of this great piece.
Source: Dan McK - Foot Stompin' Forum
Review: ..I know that before Martyn became really ill again he wanted to do more music for orchestra. I wonder if Mackay's Memoirs gives us a taste of what he would have created in the years to come. It has that combination of melody and edginess which typifies Martyn's music.
Bought this stunning piece at the weekend. What an incredible concept and done with such passion.
Title: Bought this stunning piece at the weekend. What an incredible concept and done with such passion.
Source: Auldtimer - Foot Stompin' Forum

Customer Reviews

Martyn Bennett Mackay's Memoirs
Sue McHardy
Title: Martyn Bennett Mackay's Memoirs
Name: Sue McHardy
Review: I was lucky enough to buy a copy of this at Martyn's Memorial is a poignant tribute to this brilliant musician who died too young and had so much more to give! Do not miss it!
Memorable, beautiful, haunting
David MacAlasdair
Title: Memorable, beautiful, haunting
Name: David MacAlasdair
Review: Despite the fact that this CD has only two tracks, it is absolutely marvelous, and a fine addition to a pipe music collection. The unique combination of atonal vocal droning, scriptural reading, and beautiful descriptions of pipe music, along with the orchestration and solo pipe make this one a unique find, and one to surely please anyone with a penchant for pipe music.
Mackay's Memoirs
Title: Mackay's Memoirs
Name: Andy
Review: I have just had the honour of listening my new favorite piece of music. Awesome. Utterly awesome.
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1/1 Mackay's Memoirs ….Martyn Bennett
1/2 Mackay's Memoirs Remix……Dolphin Boy.
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