It was many years ago that I first heard The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
by Scottish composer James Macmillan.
Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Simon Spike Dawbarn have recorded four songs with Glasgow's John McLaughlin who, with fellow J g wh w o, along wit fe fe fe f llow Scot Gordon Gowdie
, wrote their biggest hit Bodyshakin'.
One of his most famous pieces, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
, spoke up for a woman executed for witchcraft in 17th Century Scotland.
In 1662, before reputable witnesses, Gowdie
gave a series of confessions to witchcraft that emerged into public awareness only two centuries later.
Premiered at the Proms in 1990, his powerful orchestral piece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
(a Catholic martyr during the horrors of the post-Reformation in this country), introduced this extraordinarily communicative compositional voice to the widest possible public, and his output since then has been consistently interleaved with works reflective of his religion.
Then there was The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
, inspired by Protestant cruelty, from a year before, which made a substantial impact with its climax of a bowed screaming cymbal.
Liverpool, too, has a long association: when The Confession Of Isobel Gowdie
, an orchestral depiction of 17th century witch-hunting in Scotland, was performed by the RLPO in 2001,1 rightly predicted: "Here is a modern piece which will stay the course.
However, he overcame the difficulty rapidly, for three lines later he cites the very passage I was referring to: "There is only one trial in which the number thirteen is specifically mentioned, when Isobel Gowdie
Derek and fellow guinea pigs Alec Witherington and Peter Gowdie
- who all suffer from impotence - took a Viagra pill on air just after the show started at 10.
Researchers believe the ghost is that of Isabel Gowdie
who, when tried as a witch in 1662, confessed to worshipping the Devil, holding sex orgies and seducing lonely travellers.
Nine-year-old Rosina Gowdie
is proud of her snowman in Victoria Park, Cardiff
He first came to the attention of the classical music world with The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
which was premiered at the BBC Proms by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1990.