ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
British-born Organist Nicolas Haigh joined by Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh
Davidson—The October 15 program at Davidson College Presbyterian Church brings back two outstanding performers, now married to each other. Nicolas Haigh, organist, will be performing works by Bach, Howells, Franck, and others, and will be joined by Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano, for selections from C.V. Stanford’s “Six Bible Songs.”
All Organ at Davidson events begin at 7:30 p.m. at DCPC at 100 N.Main Street in Davidson and are open to the public. A meet-the-artist reception by Friends of the Organ follows the program. Performances are free with donations appreciated to enhance the series.
Prize-winning organist Nicolas Haigh is currently Assistant Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte. Prior to this he held positions at Myers Park United Methodist Church; New College, Oxford; and York Minster. An experienced continuo player and choral conductor, Nicolas has performed alongside leading members of ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, American Bach Soloists, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. As a repetiteur he has collaborated on projects with ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Camerata.
Nicolas has been privileged to perform at venues such as the Sydney Opera House; St Peter’s Basilica; Cathedral of St John the Divine; St Paul’s Cathedral; Westminster Abbey; St John’s, Smith Square; and Liverpool Cathedral. He also performs regularly as both a soloist and accompanist on radio, accompanying choirs on Choral Evensong and In Tune (BBC Radio 3), as well as on Sunday Worship (BBC Radio 4). He can be heard as an organist on the CD Veni Emmanuel (Harmonia Mundi USA).
Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh enjoys a varied career as a singer, conductor, and educator and has appeared as soloist with Oregon Bach Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Portland Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Arizona MusicFest Orchestra, American Bach Soloists Academy, and Oxford Bach Soloists, among other ensembles. She is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV, and she holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University; the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Margaret teaches voice at UNC-Charlotte and directs the women’s ensemble Nova Voce. She served as DCPC’s Music Associate in 2013-14. For more information, visit www.margaretcarpenterhaigh.com.