Recovering connections


Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, is very much still in business despite the pandemic, and working towards its Christmas concert at 3.00pm on Saturday 12 December  in the Orchestra’s home, the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. You’ll be able to enjoy a pleasant Christmas-themed programme, for which John Gourlay (who plays oboe in the DGASS orchestra in normal times, so not 2022!) has written a specially-commissioned work – “We Wish You a Merry Fugue”.

Note that this year, because of understandable nervousness about large numbers, there is just one concert, rather than the usual two, and there will be no choir, no narration and no communal singing. Just music!  Important to note is that there are limited numbers of tickets available, and these have to be pre-booked, so buy your tickets now from Ellen Patrick!

Further details on the poster linked to the image.

Music on Sundays

The Dunfermline Arts Guild series of chamber music concerts – “Music on Sundays” – has been a casualty of COVID-19, but we’re delighted that there’s a special concert at 7:30pm on Sunday 14 November. Their usual venue at the Carnegie Hall Studio is currently closed, so the concert will take place in nearby Viewfield Baptist Church.

GAIA are an award-winning violin and cello duo, combining two of Scotland’s most distinguished chamber musicians – Katrina Lee and Alice Allen. GAIA are winners of Chamber Music Scotland’s highly competitive and prestigious two-year residency, and the Arts Guild have been fortunate to secure a date on their tour of Scotland. The programme combines well-known pieces by Corelli and Ravel with interesting compositions by an overlooked female composer and a new commission from Sally Beamish. Bring your facemask and £12 and be prepared to enjoy a stimulating evening. Better still, book in advance. All the details you need are at this link.

Sociability is back!

The BIG news is that from Wednesday 13 October we’ll be able to have a cuppa before the rehearsal. From 7.00pm, if you bring your own cup, we’ll have the tea/coffee/milk. A chance to catch up, without the rush at half-time.

We also hope that there will be a Christmas meal out at the Pitbauchlie on Friday 10 DecemberJack Archibald will have copies of the menu available for perusal at the next rehearsal, so please take a look, and let Jack know if you are interested, so that he can get this organised.

Princess Ida team announced

We were greatly encouraged to hear at last night’s rehearsal that, with the exception of one minor part, we now have a complete cast of principals for Princess Ida.

You’ll see from the cast list at this link that several principals who have previously performed with the Society are back after a period of absence, and we are delighted to welcome new faces and fresh voices, many from across the Forth. It promises to be a very well-sung show!

Rae will be finalising the chorus placements in the very near future so, if you or your friends are hesitating about joining in the fun, you need to make that decision very soon, and make contact with Rae today.

2021 AGM

The 51st Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 22 current members successfully logged in.

The Finance Manager’s report, having been circulated before the meeting, was discussed and accepted, the Chair’s report (which will be circulated to members) was discussed, and the Management Committee proposal that the annual subscription remain at £120 (£10/month by standing order) was accepted unanimously with one abstention.

The forthcoming Zoom production of The Mikado was discussed. The March Zoom pantomime, The Merryman and His Maid, written by Robin Ożóg, was widely regarded as being highly successful. The invaluable contributions to both productions of Robin Ożóg (Director), Willie Campbell (Musical Director) and Martin Tarr (Technical Manager) were acknowledged by all. The Wednesday Social evenings, each rounded off by one of Robin’s quizzes, have been much appreciated by participants.

It was hoped that the 2022 production of The Pirates of Penzance would go ahead as planned, but it was acknowledged that there is still uncertainty about likely restrictions associated with the pandemic. [It has since been necessary to postpone the production till 2023. A semi-staged performance of Princess Ida is being undertaken instead.]

The Chairman (Morag Riley), Finance and Ticket Sales Manager (Anne Dolbear) and Programme Manager (John Allen) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.

2020 AGM

The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 29 members successfully logged in.

The Finance Manager’s report, having been circulated before the meeting, was discussed and accepted, the Chair’s report (which will be circulated to members) was discussed, and the Management Committee proposal that the annual subscription remain at £120 (£10/month by standing order) was accepted unanimously.

The postponement of the June concert version of The Mikado was noted with regret, and the prospects and practicalities of casting, rehearsing and staging The Pirates of Penzance in February 2021 were debated at some length, but no firm decisions could be taken in view of the uncertainties associated with Government regulations to control the pandemic. Members were assured that the Committee were continuing their discussions and would keep members informed.

The Vice Chairman (Mike Pendlowski), Administration Manager (Ellen Patrick), Publicity Manager (Geoff Strong) and Social and Fund-Raising Manager (Sinead Black ) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.

Audition dates

The dates for auditions are:

  • Thursday 16 September, from 6.30pm at Rae Macintosh, 41 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
  • Sunday 19 September, from 6.30pm at 28 Woodmill Terrace, Dunfermline
  • Thursday 23 September, from 6.30pm – location to be determined by demand

Book your slot by emailing ku.gro.ssagdnull@snoitidua, saying what part(s) you would like to audition for, and your preferences for date/location/time.

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Princess Ida 2022

Our next show in the Carnegie Hall will be a semi-staged version of Princess Ida on Friday/Saturday 18-19 February 2022!

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