So far this season at the Dunfermline Arts Guild 2018–19 series of chamber music concerts – “Music on Sundays” – we’ve had two splendid and very different concerts, with a guitar duo and a string quartet. On 9 December 2018, at 7.30pm in Carnegie Hall Studio, we have a visit from one of the country’s top brass ensembles, Pure Brass. As you’ll see from the link to their Facebook page, these guys have a great reputation for their musicianship and entertaining approach.
The programme will have a distinctly festive flavour, with newer music including Puttin’ on the Ritz and Errol Garner’s Misty featured alongside established favourites by Bach, Barber, Vivaldi and Mahler. Ask Jean Kennedy or Martin Tarr for a personal recommendation – you can’t beat live music, and it’s great value at £11 a concert. Details about the rest of the Carnegie season, through to March, are in the linked brochure.
Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, is presently working towards its second concert of the 2018/19 Season. Under the themed title of ‘Fact and Fiction’, the season’s programmes of music are influenced by stage, screen, radio, theatre and general media. A highly successful first concert was given at the start of October in the Orchestra’s home, the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy.
Fact and Fiction 2, Winter, will be presented on Sunday 16 December in the Old Kirk, with two performances at 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Inevitably, much of the music will focus on Christmas, and the Orchestra’s tradition of a narrated story will continue with the first performances of The Tale of the Red Etin by John Gourlay. Joining KOS will be The Langtoun Singers offering their own performance as well as leading the audience in sing-along carols.
Tickets now on sale from Ellen Patrick. Further details on the poster linked to the image.
We are pleased to report that DGASS did particularly well this year winning the NODA Standard Programme Cup again for the third year out of four and, for the second time in our history, winning the Thomson Leng Trophy for the best show poster.
John Allen brought the cups along to the rehearsal on 31 October, both to show them off and publicly thank Martin Tarr and Fiona Main for the work that they had put in to making us successful in both competitions. Our thanks too to John, who works so tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that things happen, and writes so much excellent copy for the programme – he fully deserves the silverware!
Potions and sorcery! Necromancy and magic! Romance, betrayal, confusion! Music, lights, action! Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society are back with Gilbert’s wit, Sullivan’s singable tunes and a little bit of sparkle in a 20’s-themed production of The Sorcerer.
This year, we are excited to welcome Fiona Main, who has sung soprano leads for the company in the past, in dual roles as our imaginative Artistic Director, and playing the part of Constance. Her husband Ross is the lonely cleric Dr Daly.
The talented cast includes popular company favourites Robin Ożóg as Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre and Liz Landsman as Lady Sangazure. Our own Jack Archibald joins them as the Notary in his second principal role. We also introduce several experienced performers new to our company. The Sorcerer himself, John Wellington Wells, Esq., will be played by Nathan Dicks. Nathan is a stalwart of Edinburgh G and S and other Edinburgh companies. Jan Renton, also from EDGASS, joins us as Mrs Parlett. We’re lucky to have superb young soprano Louise Thomson as our heroine Aline, with Neil French as her fiancé Alexis.
Eddie MacLennan returns as Musical Director leading orchestra, principals and magical chorus!
See our full cast details with its links to ‘Meet the Stars’. Come out of the February gloom and let us light up a couple of hours at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, from Thursday to Saturday 21–23 February 2019.
Floor rehearsals have already started! For those who want to know “where be oi, and what be oi a-doing of”, the rehearsal schedules for principals and chorus can be downloaded from the links. Usual health warning that the schedules are open to revision as announced, and the actual documents may not be updated, so you need to keep your wits about you – beware the effect of drinking too deeply potions that have been “brewed by the vicar”!
Our friends in Edinburgh G&S are very excited to be performing this original Rock Opera, and hope you will join in this experience with them. The show is full of familiar songs, such as ‘I Don’t How to Love Him’, ‘Hosanna’, Everything’s Alright’ and of course the title song, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Based on events from the final seven days before Christ’s Crucifixion it explores the relationship between Judas, Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Head for the Churchill Theatre in Edinburgh for 7:30pm on 23–27 October 2018, or the 2:30pm matinée on 27 October. Tickets can be purchased through members, or by following the link to Ticketsource.