What’s on

Viva l’amore (long live love)

Our friends at Opera Caledonia invite us to an evening of romantic operatic classics and song, complemented by fine wine and chocolates, at 7.30pm–9.00pm on Wednesday 14 February, at the Institut français d’Écosse, Edinburgh. Featuring Judith Howarth, soprano, with Derek Clark at the piano.

Limited tickets at £15 available via Eventbrite.

Jock and the Beanstalk

Anne Dolbear, our never-flagging Treasurer, invites us to enjoy Dalgety Players’ latest panto production at Dalgety Parish Church.

The bean first gets growing on Tuesday 23 January and the show runs until Saturday 27 January,  with Tuesday-Friday evening performances at 7.15pm, and Saturday performances at 11.00am and 2.15pm.

Tickets at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions (children under 16, students in full-time education, senior citizens) are available at www.dalgetyplayers.org.uk/boxoffice.

Naturally Elementally – 1

Ellen invites us all to Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s first concert of the season at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 October in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. Their programme “offers a pleasant variety of orchestral music which includes the HMS Pinafore Overture, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, ‘The Baptism of Adam Smith’, a composition commissioned from the DGASS orchestra oboe player, John Gourlay, ‘By the Sleepy Lagoon’ (the ‘Desert Island Discs’ theme), Handel’s Water Music, and the Gold and Silver Waltz (Lehar). Details by clicking the image.

On the Wings of Song

Our President, Frances McCafferty, will be giving a short concert in Dunfermline Abbey next Sunday, 3 September, at 12 noon. The programme will last around 45 minutes and has birds as its theme. Frances will be accompanied by Matthew Beetschen, the Abbey Organist.

Teas and coffees are available from about 11.30am and can be taken into the pews for the concert. Entry is free and ticketless and the Abbey disabled ramp is finally open, so access is available for all. Church-goers for whom 12n would otherwise be too early are invited to attend the Abbey service at 10.30am, by way of a change!

Kingdom Singers concert

Do head for Limekilns Parish Church at 7:30pm on Thursday 25 May for a concert by the Kingdom Singers, conducted by Willie Campbell, when you can enjoy their usual eclectic mix of music, and support Willie and the many other friends who sing with DGASS. The concert will be repeated the following evening (7:30pm on Friday 26 May) in the Annexe Studio Theatre at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall. Note that seating capacity in the Annexe is limited, so you are advised to contact Willie or another choir member to reserve your space.

Music on Sundays is back!

Your webmaster is thrilled to tell you that Music on Sundays is back after a difficult couple of years. And it’s bigger and better than ever, with a series of seven high-quality chamber music concerts over the next few months, in the warm and welcoming surroundings of Viewfield Baptist Church.

The season starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 11 September when Scots Baroque, a Glasgow-based early music quartet who use older music as inspiration for contemporary works, will take us on a whirlwind tour through Scotland, England, Bohemia and Poland. If you’ve never heard the theorbo before … now’s the time! (It’s an early type of guitar).

To buy your tickets and learn more about all seven concerts, click the image. Look out for the season ticket offer, which helps you as well as helping to bring more great musicians to Dunfermline next year (and the next). And please don’t forget to pass the word on, to help our friends in the Dunfermline Arts Guild get more people along to these brilliant concerts.

More music from Willie’s friends!


Many of you will know that Willie Campbell, our Princess Ida MD, also directs the Kingdom Singers, a choir where others of our Society are members. Fresh from the pleasures of Castle Adamant, Willie and the Kingdom Singers invite you to their Spring Concerts at Gillespie Memorial Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 26 May and Friday 27 May. A very mixed repertoire of music and even a glass of wine or fruit juice at the interval!

Tickets can be ordered from any choir member, through their Facebook page, via email (ku.oc.evilnull@sregnismodgnik), or by phoning 07793 564335 and leaving a message – your call will be returned.  Tickets are £10, which includes refreshments, but schoolchildren are free. [For those of you coming to the AGM tomorrow, why not ask Willie for a ticket!]

Next appearance

We hope to announce a summer concert shortly, but your next chance to see the Society on stage at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline will be on 20–22 February 2025.

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