If you are free from 10.30am to 3.00pm on Saturday 7 February 2015, there’s an invitation from Kirkcaldy G&S Society to sign up for the Stagecraft Day that they are hosting at Pathhead Church, Harriet Street, Kirkcaldy.
You’ll be able to attend workshops on hair/wigs, stage make-up, movement and costume, and one of two Masterclass sessions taken by Linda Ormiston. These sessions will give six to eight volunteers an opportunity for some personal performance coaching.
The event is grant-aided by Fife Council, so tickets are a real bargain at £8, which includes all workshops, tea & coffee and a soup/sandwich lunch.
KGASS hope that some of our members might like to be part of what promises to be an instructive and fun day. More details, and a form to be returned by Friday 16 January, at this link.
Peter has made a few adjustments to the rehearsal schedule for the beginning of 2015 – mainly concerning the principals. You can download the revised schedule at this link. For the avoidance of doubt, the first rehearsal on 4 January is for all the chorus, with the men called for 2.00pm, and the ladies joining them at 2.45pm.
This year we exchanged our fund-raising summer concert for a Concert of Carols and Christmas Music which was held on Sunday 14 December in St Margaret’s RC Memorial Church, East Port, Dunfermline. The audience almost filled the main body of the church, and they were very appreciative of the wide range of seasonal music and poetry we performed. For most people the concert was also their first opportunity to hear the wonderful sound that the new organ at St Margaret’s could produce. Well done to all our soloists and readers, especially Carol, who overcame her own illness to sing not just one but two difficult solo pieces.
We ended by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas – the Christmas cheer for the Society was that the concert netted about £1,200 for our funds! Thanks to all those who took part, with special thanks to Willie Campbell for his musical direction and brilliant organ playing, to Mike Pendlowski for his creative use of the new church lighting system, and to Sinead Black and Anne Dolbear for all they did to organise both performers and catering.
We are sad to announce the death of Eileen Hutchings, who used to be one of the stalwarts of our ladies chorus. We offer our condolences to her husband Peter, a life member of the Society and a former Treasurer, who was for many years one of our basses. Eileen’s funeral will be on Tuesday 23 December at 1.45pm at Holy Trinity Church, East Port, Dunfermline, then at 2.45pm at Dunfermline Crematorium.
Thanks to those who took part in the carol singing at Tesco Duloch on Friday 19 December, and to the shoppers who gave around £320 for the work of the Whitefield Day Hospital.
Peter has asked me to let the ladies know that this Wednesday they are required at 7.30pm and not at 7.00pm as shown on the schedule.
Duloch Leisure Centre Theatre is the venue for Opera Bohemia‘s performance of Madame Butterfly at 7.15pm on Thursday 20 November. Opera Bohemia aims to give opportunities to young professional performers, and they would welcome your support. Their production of Puccini’s masterpiece, set in modern-day Japan, has already received fantastic receptions from packed audiences across Scotland.