Burns Sangfest

While current company members themselves won’t be able to come – busy rehearsing! – hopefully others of you will be interested in a concert that Alison Pendlowski wanted you to hear about. She’ll be singing in the choir, and Nancy Crook, one of our next rehearsal pianists, is directing, so it’ll be an enjoyable evening.

As part of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library’s “Tae a Bard” exhibition, Ivor Klayman and the Queen Anne Singers are putting on “A Burn’s Sangfest” on Wednesday 22 January at 7.00pm in the Canmore Room at the Library. It’s a revival of the show about Burns and his songs that John Cairney wrote and performed for many years with the vocal quartet The Quatrain for whom Nancy Crook was the accompanist, but performed this time by Ivor Klayman and the Queen Anne Singers under the direction of Nancy Crook. It includes a brief history of Burns in narration, readings using in his own words and, of course, many of his songs

More details about “Tae a Bard” in the linked leaflet (though there are some typos), and you can get the £10 tickets for the Sangfest from the Library or on-line at this link.

Act I beginners …

The call has come, so it’s time for the team to run the first act of HMS Pinafore. Thanks to Mike Pendlowski for taking his camera to our rehearsal on 27 November. You’ll see the company enjoying themselves, and the characters taking shape. No prize for working out who is playing Dick Deadeye!

 

To share their enjoyment, and see the cast in costume, you’ll need to make a date to see our show in February.

PS: The slide show runs automatically through the act, but pauses if you hover over the image. Forward/back arrows are hidden near the sides of the image and the filmstrip at the bottom.

Family connections

To get you in the mood for the DGASS Christmas meal at the Pitbauchlie Hotel, fly through the air with some of the HMS Pinafore orchestra at the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s Christmas concert(s): 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the Old Kirk of Kirkcaldy, on Sunday 15 December.

As well as carols, we’ll be playing “The Snowman”, dances from “La Fille Mal Gardee”, and “Queen in Concert”.

Tickets (£9 adults/£4 children) from Ellen Patrick or via moc.liamgnull@yteicoslartsehcroydlackrik or by phoning 07770 332812.

Carols at Tesco

John Allen has just confirmed that the Society will be singing carols at Tesco (Fire Station) from 2.30pm on Saturday 21 December. More details later – for security reasons you’ll probably need to book your place with John in advance of the gig – but meanwhile, please keep the date!

Spoiled for choice

7.30pm on Saturday 26 October provides charitably-minded members of the Society with two opportunities to enjoy live music: in different places, and in different genres.

At Limekilns Parish Church, you can listen to a wide range of music for soprano, violin and piano in aid of the Return to Life Charity, that aims to provide support for those with chronic kidney disease. More details about the music and the charity by clicking the image on the left.

At Pathhead Church, Kirkcaldy, East Fife Male Voice Choir are joined by Colwyn Male Voice Choir for an eagerly awaited return joint concert, following East Fife’s visit to North Wales last October. This concert is in aid of Haiti Help, a local charity well-known to us.

Pinafore rehearsal schedules

HMS Pinafore will be weighing anchor before we know it, and our production rehearsals start(ed) this week – the principals yesterday; the chorus tomorrow.

Note that it still isn’t too late to join the crew! If you’re new to the Society chorus, there’s the extra bonus that your first year will be at half-price (£60, instead of £120), so there’s every incentive to be a Jolly Jack or one of Sir Joseph’s many female relations.

The schedules can be downloaded at these links – principals; chorus – though expect some adjustments to be announced as things progress. The usual arrangements: Monday rehearsals for principals; Wednesday rehearsals for chorus and most principals; Sunday afternoon rehearsals for all start on 12 January; Monday rehearsals for chorus start 3 February.

Pinafore production starting

Principals will be starting with a read/sing through on 14 October; Chorus will be starting their floor work on 16 October. Fiona hopes that everybody will have perfected the notes before then, and suggests “trying to get as much music off book as possible before we do start”.

Note that this gives you just two weeks to recruit any new crew members – after production has started it gets progressively more difficult to integrate extra people. Last chance saloon!

Next appearance

Mikado in concert 2020

Sorry that our planned concert version of The Mikado at Limekilns Parish Church on Friday 19 June 2020 has had to be postponed – another COVID-19 casualty!

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