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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

SCOTT BROTHERS DUO at Rochdale Parish Church

Jonathan and Tom Scott have released a YouTube video of Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” recorded in Rochdale Parish Church.

REVIEW By Steve Cooke

Music lovers recently enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to experience high class music in an iconic setting right in the heart of Rochdale.

Acclaimed keyboard duo Scott Brothers Duo presented a piano duet concert, at Rochdale Parish Church, St Chad’s, which covered the entire keyboard spectrum with thrilling music for four hands at one piano.

The programme included original works as well as thrilling transcriptions of well-known classics, including Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the Adagio from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arr. Scott

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia from Solomon HWV 67)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arr. Scott

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV 74 - Duet “Let rolling streams their gladness show”.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fantasie in f minor D 940 Op. 103

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) arr. Scott

Adagio Sostenuto (from Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 18)

Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) arr. Scott

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) arr. Scott

Asturias (Leyenda)

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) arr. Scott

Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)

Rochdale Parish Church, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale OL16 1QT



Brothers Jonathan and Tom perform internationally in instrumental combinations which cover the entire keyboard spectrum, including Piano Duet, Piano & Organ, and Harmonium & Piano. Their online performance videos have totalled over 65 million views.

Recent and forthcoming performances include concerts across the UK, as well as Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Singapore.

In 2019 Scott Brothers Duo won the ECHO (European Cities of Historical Organs) competition to create a performance which introduces the pipe organ to a young audience. Their project combines animation and organ music and will be performed at major festivals across Europe. In 2023, they were invited by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Launchpad Series) to film a special online presentation in Montreal, Canada about their career.

Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

Tom read Music on the joint course at The University of Manchester, gained the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for Excellence in his degree, and achieved a distinction in his Masters degree. He made his concerto debut with the Hallé Orchestra, aged 17, with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Tom is also a keen artist and animator and creates animations to accompany live classical concerts. This has led to many exciting projects (including commissions by the BBC) and concert performances with orchestras and ensembles worldwide (Canada, USA, Taiwan and Australia). As a composer, Tom's work ranges from instrumental to acousmatic compositions and audio/visual works, and his music has been performed across Europe and USA. He completed his PhD in electroacoustic composition at The University Of Manchester (supported by AHRC funding).

Jonathan continued his studies in USA and Holland, won the coveted Worshipful Company of Musicians WT Best Scholarship and gold medal, and is a Freeman of The City of London. Jonathan has been a member of the keyboard staff at RNCM since 2001 and is Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Recent performance highlights have included solo and concerto appearances in Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan as well as the the world premiere of the new organ concerto '6000 Pipes!' by Sir Karl Jenkins. Jonathan also recently gave a series of Concerto performances and tours with the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, as well as a solo evening organ recital broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall, London for the BBC Proms.

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