THE combined outstanding musical talents of local artists are to be showcased during a series of forthcoming summer concerts in St. John's Episcopal Church, Forfar.

Renowned soloist and ensemble percussionist Gillian Maitland will launch the first of the three concerts this weekend when she plays solo marimba on Saturday (July 18), and will be followed once fortnightly by Callum Dewar (August 1) and Matt London (August 15).

Gillian, a former Kirkriggs Primary and Forfar Academy pupil, will perform at this homecoming concert after having studied percussion at University of Miami coupled by many performances worldwide in many different venues.

Gillian's renowned musical talents, for instance, were heard at performances such as a solo recital to the G8 wives during the G8 summit of 2005, after which Gillian was made Youth Ambassador of Angus.

More recently, the 23-year-old teamed up with classical guitarist Callum Dewar at the National University of Ireland where they gave a masterclass in percussion and composition at a composers symposium in May.

Gillian was also among the few who were selected to play a piece before Prince Charles at the 20th anniversary of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) in Edinburgh last month.

Gillian is now working on composition and already has one piece published and another in the pipeline. And after travelling to Denmark recently for lessons in six mallet marimba with acclaimed international percussionist Kai Stensgaard, Gillian is looking for an orchestra to perform Kai's concerto which if done soon could be a UK premier.

Gillian, who has been studying percussion from the age of 12, is now starting to specialise in six mallet marimba and is looking forward to performing in her home town of Forfar.

The concert repertoire includes a few six mallet pieces and will feature works by Keiko Abe, JS Bach, Evelyn Glennie DBE, Kai Stensgaard and many more.

Following Gillian's performance will be Royal Northern College of Music scholar Callum Dewar, also a former Forfar Academy pupil, who will perform classical guitar on Saturday, August 1.

And concluding the summer concert series will be saxophonist Matt London on August 15 when he will be accompanied by David Howard on piano.

Each concert is from 7.30pm and tickets are available at the door on the evening. Tickets are priced 7 (adults), 5 (students/concessions), and 2 (children).

For those attending all three concerts, tickets are priced 15 (adults), 12 (students/concessions), and 5 (children).

For more information, including artist profiles, recordings, photos, contact details and concert repertoire, visit Gillian's website at