The Carnegie Hall once again hosts our annual show from 19–22 February – this year the ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance. Greig Hill has morphed over the years from a youthful Pirate King to the more mature role of Major-General who along with recognised local performers Claire Porterfield, Anne Diack, Robin Ozog and Michael McFarlane lead a strong cast. A rollocking band of Pirates, unhappy Policemen and simple Maidens provide a lively and entertaining chorus. More details on our Next Show page.
Our Production Manager continues to be busy with his camera! To the amusement of some of the Ladies Chorus, above you can see the bold police who have been told to die to protect their honour! Below, young Frederic is getting worried about where doing his duty will take him. To see how it all pans out, you’ll have to buy a ticket for our show.
This year the BBC Scotland Watchnight programme on Christmas Eve is coming from Dunfermline Abbey. A number of our members took part in the recording, and you’ll hear some lovely high notes from our contributors to the descant team! Tune in to BBC1 at 11:20pm on 24 December. If you can’t wait until then, you can play at “Spot the G&S member” in this clip: you’ll see more than just George and Mike!
[If you don’t live in Scotland, use Freesat Channel 960, Sky Channel 951, or listen on-line at http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/]
Our indefatigable Production Manager took his camera to a recent rehearsal of the Ladies Chorus. It certainly wasn’t raining inside Whitefield, so what were they doing? Buy a ticket for our show, and find out!
At the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society held on Wednesday 13 November there was almost unanimous acceptance of the Management Committee proposal that our 2015 production should be The Gondoliers, so we’ll be off to Venice and Barataria in a year’s time!
The “elegant feast of Victorian entertainment” that the Society had advertised for the Carnegie Hall on 6 September turned out to be much more than that. It was great fun, and much appreciated by the audience! Rae Lamond’s selection of material included some items that will have been new to almost everyone there, and she managed to present our heroes in the best possible light, as creators of fine music and witty words.
As we anticipated from her production of Princess Ida last year, Rae also did an amazing job in keeping the cast on their toes, and creating an ever-changing picture on stage. Didn’t you just love their “Eagle high”! All credit to the chorus members, who must have spent the summer sweating to learn new music and moves, and will have been grateful for the security that Eddie and Kate provided from the pit.
Too many great performances to mention individuals, but anyone seeing the Society for the first time would have been amazed at the strength in depth displayed had they known how many people were playing parts other than their usual roles, and how many of the solo performers grace our chorus line.
You can see what you missed by downloading the programme at this link.
During the run of Patience we acknowledged the signal contribution made to the Society by two of our “more experienced” members. Colin Stubbs was awarded a NODA 50 year Gold Bar, and Robin Ozog was presented with a suitable momento of his 100th show!
NODA awards were also presented to other members of the Society, as recorded at this link.