Saturday, 26 May 2018

Bash Street’s back at The McMenace!

From 2nd June until 21st October :

This summer, join some of the city’s funniest and most loved characters as The Bash Street Kids take over the museum as part of a brilliant new exhibition!

First published in 1938, Beano has continued to entertain children and adults alike for 80 years. From Lord Snooty, Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and of course The Bash Street Kids, DC Thomson have created some of the most iconic characters in comic history. This exhibition will look at DC Thomson’s early beginnings in the 19th century to their domination of the printing presses by the early 20th century.

But just how was a comic put together? We will look at the development of the machines that produced the publications and the people of the kids of the High School of Dundee, to the artists such as Dave Sutherland, who has drawn the Bash Street
Kids since 1962.

McManus Galleries opening times: Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 12.30pm – 4.30pm.

Friday, 25 May 2018

West End Community Police Surgeries #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgeries take place next Monday - details below and all residents welcome :

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Friends of Balgay Spring litter pick #dundeewestend

The Friends of Balgay Spring 2018 litter pick takes place on Sunday 27th May.

If you can lend a hand, please meet at the Balgay Bridge at 2pm - many thanks.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station – northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for 6 weeks for footway works.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Design Heritage Walk

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Sunday 20th May, 3pm
Design Heritage Walk
Meet outside Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (Matthew Building)

Dundee is now a UNESCO City of Design but how much do you know about the history of design in the city?  

This informal guided tour by Matthew Jarron as part of Dundee Design Month will explore some design highlights in and around the city centre, past and present. We will find out about some of Dundee’s most important design-related companies, discover the stories of exceptional designers and see some amazing examples of design that you may never have noticed before.

The event is free but places should be booked here.

Please wear appropriate footwear and contact us in advance if you have any special access requirements.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Blackness Post Office - electronic door entry #dundeewestend

Residents have reported concerns that the electronic door entry button at Blackness Post Office, to assist customers with mobility difficulties, is still not working and so I again took this up with Post Office Limited.

The company's External Affairs Manager has responded positively as follows 

"Thank you for getting in touch in relation to the door entry button at Blackness Road Post Office. 

I have asked the field team to raise this issue with the postmaster. You may know that the vast majority of our post offices are operated by independent agents. As such Post Office ltd is not responsible for the building. 

Before we issue a contact which allows agents to provide services, we do insist on certain things such as the building being accessible for people with disabilities. This usually means that the branch needs to be DDA compliant. I don't believe such a button comes under this legislation. 

Therefore whilst we can ask and encourage the postmaster to take action, we unfortunately cannot insist on such action being taken as it doesn't breach any contractual issues. 

That said we will impress on the postmaster the importance of getting this fixed and the inconvenience it is causing customers."

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Halliday & Sesar at the Wighton!

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library 
Saturday 19th May at 11am (doors open 10.30am) 
Cappuccino Concert with Chris Sesar and Gill Halliday
Singer song-writers, Chris Sesar and Gill Halliday have gained recognition for their genre defying repertoire, effortlessly blending Celtic folk and roots, country music & Americana with a brush of gypsy jazz.

Chris Sesar's songs paint the landscape of human relationships with gentle colours and delicate detail, sometimes bitter sweet, sometimes dark and with a comic twist.

Since March 2016 Chris has been touring Scottish & European Venues with Angus based singer songwriter Gill Halliday. Her intuitive use of wind instruments adds a layer of depth and versatility to the performance whilst her powerful voice delivers her songs with heartfelt honesty.

Individually, Sesar & Halliday are both brilliant vocal performers. Their harmonies, however, are nothing short of mesmerising.

Arrive at 10.30am to grab a coffee and a newspaper, then sit back and relax from 11am-12 noon to enjoy the concert.

£5 Tickets on the door and a suggested donation of £1 for coffee and newspaper.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee - Meet the Artists

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Saturday 19th May at 3pm
A Legacy of Art & Design in Dundee - Meet the Artists 
- as part of the annual Festival of Museums 
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building

To accompany our current exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, this event provides a unique opportunity to meet and hear the stories of some of the artists who have contributed to the exhibition. Find out what part their time at DJCAD played in their lives and what career paths their work has taken them since graduating. Speakers will be: Aileen Stackhouse, Emma Cooper, Lesley Kamel, Jonathan Milburn, Kam Chan, Janey Muir, Anna Orton.

The event is free but places should be booked here.

Special extra!  After the event, Emma Cooper has kindly offered to lead a walk to Peacehill (weather permitting), the location of her two landscape paintings in the exhibition. This is an informal event not organised by the University and transport across the Tay is not provided, but there is a 77 bus at 4.30pm which those wishing to take part can catch.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Repair work at Victoria Park #dundeewestend

From the council's Neighbourhood Services Area manager for the west of the city :

"As you may have noticed that there is an area of grass that has been killed off in the middle of the park - this is due to a damaged underground cable.  

SSE will be carrying out extensive repair works to this on the 28th May

This will comprise of large excavations for around 5/6 weeks.  

The area will be secured with Heras fencing each night and weekends.

Once repairs have been completed SSE sub contractors will repair the area."

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Riverside Drive (at Tesco) – eastbound convoy system on Sunday 13 May for Scottish Water manhole repair.


South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station – northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for 7 weeks for footway works.

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – lane restrictions from Tuesday 15 May for up to one week for water main repair.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Lee Welsh Memorial Game

Please support the Lee Welsh Memorial Game - a charity game in the memory of Lee.    

All monies raised will be donated to DAMH, Dundee Association for Mental Health.

Poster below and more details available here :

Friday, 11 May 2018

D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Birthday Blow Out!

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Residents are invited to join us at 6pm on Tuesday 15th May to celebrate the 10th and 125th anniversaries of the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum.

D'Arcy began building his collection in 1885 and opened his original museum 125 years ago in 1893. It was sadly dismantled in 1956 prior to the demolition of the building to make way for the new University Tower. 

The museum was later recreated in various dispersed displays around the Biological Sciences Institute, but only when it relocated to its current home in the Carnelley Building 10 years ago were we able to have a single dedicated space for the museum and thus open it regularly to the public.

Since then we have welcomed thousands of visitors and held dozens of events, as well as providing a unique learning and teaching environment for students from over 20 different undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

This special anniversary evening will feature short presentations by curator Matthew Jarron, honorary curators and volunteers Cathy Caudwell and Brian Eddy, Fine Art student Ray Byrne, Medical Art course director Caroline Erolin, Art & Design tutor Helen McCoig, Anatomy tutor Luke Reid and Creative Writing tutor Eddie Small.

The event is free but please book at here.   Please enter via the main front door of the Carnelley Building. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

We hope you can join us for this special occasion!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Bus stop east of Harris Academy moved - trial basis

For some considerable time, along with nearby residents, Harris Academy and its Parent Council, I have suggested to the City Council that the westbound public bus stop on Perth Road that lies just east of Harris Academy should be moved very slightly west to in front of the school.

This would have the following advantages :

+ Far better standing area for passengers waiting for a bus as the plaza in front of the school is spacious.

+ Less crowded situation than where the current bus stop is when passengers are waiting at the stop and school pupils are exiting the school at the end of the school day.

+ The existing bus stop is extremely close to the School Crossing Patroller;  in front of the school is not.

There has been a lengthy debate with council transportation officers about this but, at last, a trial move has been agreed to ascertain how well this works - this will commence today.

This update was sent by a City Council transportation officer to Harris Academy last week which fully explains the trial period arrangements :

"I refer to the Harris Academy Parent Council Meeting of 8th March 2018 where (we) agreed to investigate the possibility of moving the bus stop for a trial period to monitor the effect of the bus stop move especially at the end of the of the school day.     I am pleased to confirm that we have agreed to move the bus stop into the bus lay-by in front of the main school entrance for a trial period to commence from Wednesday 9th May until Friday 1st June inclusive. 

Discussion have been ongoing with the bus operators who have agreed to the trial period being put in place.    The parking team has also been informed of this change and the necessary changes to the plate will be carried out on Tuesday 8th May 2018.     During the trial period the bus stop will be enforceable between the normal times of 0700hrs - 2300hrs where only buses will be legally able to wait.      The parking team have agreed to be in attendance on occasion during the trial period.

Can you please notify staff and parents that the bus stop will now be out of action for general vehicles use during the trial period and that any misuse may result in the vehicle receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

The transport team will monitor the effect of the local bus services using the revised stop during the trial period with a view to making a decision about the trial period becoming the permanent stop location."

During this period, I would welcome any feedback from residents - many thanks.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

West End Community Council Update #dundeewestend

I have today launched my May 2018 Update to West End Community Council.    Subjects covered include:

•         Roads and pavements improvements 2018/19
•         Graffiti vandalism tackled

The Community Council meets this evening at Logie St John's (Cross) Church Hall at 7pm - all residents welcome.      You can download my Update here.

The agenda for tonight’s meeting is as follows :

TUESDAY 8th MAY  2018  AT  7.00PM

10. DATE  OF  NEXT  MEETING – Tuesday 12th June 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018

No ward surgeries today ...

As today is the May Day holiday and local schools are on holiday, my usual ward surgeries on a Monday at Harris Academy and the Mitchell Street Centre do not take place but I can be contacted at any time at home on 459378 or by e-mail at 

My surgeries resume on Thursday of this week.      Details are available here.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station – northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for one week for footway works.

Perth Road (at West Park Road) – temporary traffic lights until mid week for gas main repair.

Lochee Road (at Tullideph Road) – temporary traffic lights until Monday 7 May for Scottish Water mains repair.

Blackness Road (at Bellfield Street) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Friday 11 May for BT cabling works.

Riverside Drive (at Tesco) – eastbound convoy system on Sunday 13 May for Scottish Water manhole repair.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Out of our Minds

From the Curator of  Museum Services at the University of Dundee and as part of the "Face to Face - Stories from the Asylum" exhibition :

Saturday 26th May at 2pm
"Out of our Minds"
Meet in Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee

A creative life writing workshop exploring memory and contemporary perspectives on mental health, led by award-winning teacher of memoir and creative non-fiction, Josie Jules Andrews (School of Humanities, University of Dundee).

Free but places are limited and must be booked in advance on Eventbrite here.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Take pride in your city events - May #takepridedundee #dundee

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library - Wednesday 2nd May
Lunchtime Recital - 1.15pm – 1.45pm.   Admission free
Karen Hannah, fiddle & Lindsay Duncan, guitar

Music lovers are being thoroughly spoiled at the Wighton over the next week.   Saturday’s  Cappuccino Concert featured those lovely singers The Quiggs    Now Wednesday’s Lunchtime Recital stars another great tuneful duo, Karen Hannah and Lindsay Duncan.

A fine fiddle  player with an engaging personality, Karen is known to many as  “tunemonster” for her unrivalled knowledge of Scottish melodies. The wonderfully named Nifty Shades of Grey, Sporran Again and Ceilidh Minogue are among the many bands she has worked with!  She has taught fiddle at the Wighton Centre for many years and her performing career has seen representing Scotland across Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and South Korea.

Another musical globetrotter is Lindsay Duncan, one of the best known musicians on the Dundee scene.    Deeply into music since his schooldays, he is a compelling singer and plays the most beautiful acoustic guitar – check out his version of The Irish Girl on YouTube.   His band pedigree incudes The Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band and The Broon Troot Orchestra and he is an excellent and experienced guitar teacher.

Karen and Lindsay have worked together as a duo and in various line- ups for around ten years.  They promise us tunes, songs and a surprise or two.  I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too.

Admission free, donations welcome.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station – northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for 2 weeks for footway works.

Perth Road (at West Park Road) – temporary traffic lights for up to one week for gas main repair.

Lochee Road (at Tullideph Road) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 1 May for 5 days for Scottish Water mains repair.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Sound Advice event

Sound Advice is a free event and the first of its kind for 13 – 17 year olds considering a career in the dance music or events industry

Held on Saturday 5th May at the University of Dundee, Sound Advice features presentations and workshops from dance music industry professionals.  Your pupils will receive advice on the key disciplines of what is now a multi-billion dollar, global industry; from record producers and DJs; venue managers and festival organisers; to graphic designers and lighting engineers.  In addition, there will be a Q&A discussing how women can succeed in what is still a male dominated industry.

Later that evening there will be an opportunity for some pupils to spend an hour behind the scenes at the DDE Under 18’s Dance Party.

This is a free event, with everyone giving their time for free in order to celebrate 2018 Year of Young People.

For more information and for pupils to register for their free tickets go to

Please note attendance is limited to 120 and the free tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, 27 April 2018

The Quiggs at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library - Saturday 28th April - 11am (doors open 10.30am) 

Cappuccino Concert with The Quiggs

“The Quiggs” is a Scottish/Danish duo consisting of husband and wife, Stephen and Pernille Quigg. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter.

Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary  interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. They have toured together in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands with great success. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its original form - simple, yet highly expressive, beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.

The duo has previously released the album "River of Time" in 2015, which received fine reviews and airplay on several programmes in BBC and other European radio stations. In March 2017 “The Quiggs” released their new CD „Seeds I Didn't Sow”, which recently featured as album of the week on Celtic Music Radio and was described by's Mike Davies as, “Unquestionably one of the best folk albums of the year.”

Indeed the year ahead looks like a busy one for “The Quiggs” with concert and festival bookings in Scotland and across Europe.

Stephen Quigg, former member of the legendary folk group The McCalmans, has performed as a folksinger for 40 years. Stephen was part of the McCalmans for 10 years during that time, he performed at festivals and concerts big and small both in Scotland and abroad. He continued to work solo alongside his career in the group and has toured the length and breadth of Scotland  during most of his life. Stephen's repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to footstomping songs of battle well mixed with a certain amount of humour. Stephen blends contemporary and traditional material with ease, which ensures a varied evening. Stephen accompanies himself on guitar, bodhran and banjo and with an outstanding voice you can watch him capture the attention of any audience.

Pernille Quigg is of Danish origin but has been living on the west coast of Scotland for the past 12 years. As the surname reveals, she married into the Scottish folk scene after which she herself became part of that scene. Pernille, though, was no stranger to the music and has been singing folk songs for many years, she is now also being noted as a gifted songwriter. Pernille plays guitar and sings in a voice often described as crystal clear. Her repertoire extends from traditional to contemporary to original songs – the common denominator though is, that they all have a story to tell. Pernille released her debut album “Driftwood” in 2012, which received fine reviews in print and was also aired on both Danish Radio and on BBC's Radio Scotland amongst others.  

Arrive at 10.30am to grab a coffee and a newspaper, then sit back and relax from 11am-12 noon to enjoy the concert! 

£5 tickets on the door, and a suggested donation of £1 for coffee and newspaper.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Graffiti vandalism reported in Step Row

I have slammed mindless vandalism caused by graffiti vandals who have defaced a prominent building in Step Row – see photo below :
I have been contacted by residents who are extremely annoyed at this stupid vandalism.   It is also on some other parts of the street and unfortunately because of the sandstone quality of the wall, managing to get completely rid of the graffiti will prove a challenge.

I have asked the council’s Rapid Response Team to remove it and have also highlighted the matter to Police Scotland.    

It is extremely disappointing to see this sort of stupid and deliberate damage taking place.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



South Union Street/South Marketgait at Dundee Railway Station – northbound nearside lane closure from 9.30am for 3 weeks for footway works.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

West End roads and pavements improvements 2018/19

The City Council released information last week about the roads and pavements it intends to resurface over the current financial year.

In the West End, these are as follows :

Adopted Footway Programme 2018‐19

Milnbank Road (Rosefield Street to Easson's Angle, both sides)
Minto Place (East leg, East & North sides)

Unadopted Footway Programme 2018‐19

Glamis Drive (West End only)
Menzieshill Road (South footway)
Oxford Street (East footway)

Non‐Adopted Asset Programme 2018‐19

Balgay Park (Various footpaths)
Ninewells Avenue (Both paths Perth Road to Ninewells Drive)
Pentland Avenue Steps

Carriageway Programme 2018‐19

Tullideph Road (Lochee Road to Ancrum Road)

As I indicated in the Courier last week, I welcome any resurfacing or other improvements to our roads and pavements in the city but there has to be a real debate across the council about the long-term as what the council does not say in its publicity about this is that there has been a real terms cut in funding for resurfacing this year.

The adopted carriageway budget has been reduced by 20% from £3.095m (2017/18) to £2.5m (2018/19). 

The adopted footway programme is on a second year of budget reduction from £630k (2016/17) to £500k (2018/19). 

Councils face significant financial challenges but the bottom line is that there needs to be discussion about reinstating capital programme for roads and pavements in future years if there is not to be deterioration of the roads and footpaths estate as a whole across the city.  

I particularly welcome further progress with tackling unadopted footways including parts of Glamis Drive, Menzieshill Road and Oxford Street in the West End but it is vital that roads and pavement programmes as a whole are given sufficient capital investment going forward.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friends of Balgay Spring meeting

The next Friends of Balgay meeting will be at 2pm on Saturday 28th April at the Mills Observatory.

Author and historian Murdo Fraser will give a talk on 'Montrose and Argyll' - his recent book - and all are very welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Scottish Fair Trade Nation Lecture 2018

Fairtrade: enabling sustainable, quality coffee from small-holder value chains
Monday 30th April at 6pm 
Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

This year, Ewan Reid, Director of Coffee at Glasgow-based, Matthew Algie, one of the UK's leading coffee roasters specialising in sustainable sourcing will be speaker. 

With a 20-year Fairtrade heritage starting with the UK's first Fairtrade espresso in 1997, today nearly 90% of the company's sourcing is Fairtrade. Matthew Algie supplies coffee to the cafe and hospitality sector including Marks & Spencer coffee shops and around 2,500 independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Ewan has worked for the company since joining as a graduate in 1993 and joined the Board in 2002. 

With a background in food science, he oversees a variety of business areas including roastery operations, quality assurance, green coffee supply chain, R&D and sustainability. A frequent visitor to Matthew Algie’s supply chain partner co-operatives in producing countries, he is also a member of Fairtrade International’s Coffee Advisory Council. 

At the Fair Trade Nation Lecture, Ewan will provide an overview of why Matthew Algie choose to use Fairtrade coffee. He will also explore the Fairtrade coffee market and the challenges and opportunities of the Fairtrade coffee system.

The lecture will start at 6pm and will be followed by Q&A and discussion. 

Tea and Coffee will be served from 5.30pm.    There will be drinks and refreshments afterwards. 

This is a free event.     All are welcome but please do register for a ticket on Eventbrite here.

Monday, 16 April 2018

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the Easter school holidays now over, it is back to West End Ward surgeries this coming week.   My Mitchell Street Centre and Harris Academy surgeries take place later today.

My full surgery details are below – although I can also be contacted via or phone me at home on 459378 anytime :

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

Friends' talk Sunday 22nd April at 2pm 
- the history of the area around the Botanic Garden 

This talk has been rescheduled from 4th March when it was cancelled due to the snow.

Keith Walker, an expert on Dundee's local history, will talk about Will's Braes and the lands around the Botanic Garden. He has spent his life researching Dundee's history, has contributed  frequently to the Craigie Column, and conducts research for the City Archives and local history specialists. 

As usual the talk is in the Education Centre at 2pm - all welcome!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Getting things done - Nethergate #dundeewestend

Residents have drawn to my attention that in Nethergate - north side, between Park Place and bus stop just west of that - one of the large pavement edging stones has been dislodged, probably by heavy vehicle.

As a result, a big hole has appeared between the stone and the pavement, which someone might easily put their foot into and twist their ankle.

I reported this to the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have received the following positive response :

"The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has raised an order to re-set the whin kerb at this location."

Friday, 13 April 2018

Recycling changes from next Monday #dundeewestend

I have now spoken with many residents in the areas of the West End affected by the recycling changes from 16th April.

The only parts of the ward unaffected are the streets around the West End Lanes and Perth Road area closest to the lanes as they were in the last phase of the recycling rollout last year and already on the revised recycling arrangements.   

The rest of the West End Ward was covered by the original Phase 1 and 2 recycling rollouts in 2015 so are affected because of the introduction of the Scottish Government's Code of Practice  (in relation to what can be recycled together) so  the household system will change for everyone in Phases 1 and 2,

So from the 16th paper/card = blue bin;  tins/plastics = burgundy bin.    Burgundy bin will no longer be used for glass which will be recycled at neighbourhood "bring" sites and not at a household level.   Along with Bill, I met with environment officers to discuss the siting of the glass “bring sites” – I am anxious that these are sensitively sited away from residents’ homes.   If any of the sites cause complaints or problems after 16th April, the officers assure me that they will be re-sited or removed,

I was pleased to discuss issues with residents at the “drop in” event the council’s Neighbourhood Services held at Blackness Library and happy to discuss the matter further with any resident.

You can read more about the changes here.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Harris Education and Recreation Association - new evening classes! #dundeewestend

Here's details below of the Harris Education and Recreation Association new evening classes.

HERA enrolment night will take place in Harris Academy on Tuesday 24th April from 6pm.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

West End Local Community Plan #dundeewestend

The Dundee Partnership has recently launched the local community plans covering the various communities across the city.

Here in the West End, our own local community planning partnership has highlighted a number of priorities for the West End for the next few years and these include :

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Extra Recital at the Wighton today

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Today - Tuesday 10th April - 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital - Thomas Allery, harpsichord

The famous Wighton harpsichord will get a special airing in the second of our April Lunchtime Recitals when the renowned musician and scholar Thomas Allery pays the Wighton Collection a visit.

Thomas Allery is an organist, choral conductor and harpsichordist based in London and Oxford. He enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching. 

Thomas is the Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services and for a busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Worcester College is unique in Oxford in maintaining two student chapel choirs, each of which maintains a separate and flourishing schedule including regular commissions, trips, and performance with period instruments.

Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston.  

The Wighton Harpsichord is a French double-manual instrument after the C18 maker Nicholas Blanchet. It was built by Mark Stevenson, Cambridge 1983 for the distinguished musician Annette Heilbron (1928–2011) and is widely regarded as one of the finest harpsichords in use today.

Admission to the recital is free, donations welcome.